Mental Health Counsellors- Various Scotland

  • Part time
  • £26,000 pro-rata
  • Kirriemuir, Arbroath,Kinross and Dundee
  • Closing 28th January 2021

  • Advertised from 7th January 2021
  • Various hours, contracts & locations available - see role information below.


Kirriemuir- Webster’s High School: £18,200 pro rata (from FTE of £26,000 p.a), Fixed Term Contract till the end December 2021. 3.5 days per week

Arbroath- Arbroath High School: £18,200 pro rata (from FTE of £26,000 p.a), Fixed Term Contract till the end December 2021, 3.5 days per week.

Kinross- Kinross High School: £18,200 pro rata (from FTE of £26,000 p.a), FTC 14 Months. 3.5 days per week

Dundee- St Paul’s RC Academy: £26,000 pro rata (from FTE of £26,000 p.a), FTC 14 Months, 5 days per week / x2 2.5 days per week.

Children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has been providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff in Scottish primary and secondary schools since 2001.

Starting with an initial pilot in two Edinburgh primary schools, Place2Be Scotland now reaches over 14,000 pupils and their families in schools across Glasgow, Edinburgh, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and South Ayrshire. Our train-ing programme includes a Mental Health Champions Foundation Course available free of charge to 50,000 teachers across the UK and support for School Leaders.

As an established leader in the field Place2Be has also been commissioned by the Scottish Government to deliver a nationwide support service for school leaders, teachers and staff across Scotland. In addition we are working in partnership with the University of Edinburgh to support teachers of the future to develop their resilience, understand children’s mental health and wellbeing and contribute to mental healthy schools.

We are committed to supporting the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of children and young people in the crucial formative years of their lives. Our expert teams provide pupils and their families with emotional and therapeutic support, as well as delivering training within school communities. All of our work is evidence-based, using tried and tested meth-ods, backed by research.

As a Mental Health Practitioner/Counsellor, you will effectively manage all aspects of the Place2Be provision in partnership with the school ensuring that the children and young people are provided with therapeutic and emotional support, high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service in Place2Be schools. This includes undertaking clinical assessments and formulations and 1-1 intervention work.

You'll ensure high quality clinical practice and delivery of a full and effective service in Place2Be schools, by undertaking clinical assessments and formulations, identifying and delivering appropriate clinical interventions for children and young people, establishing positive, active and effective relationships with the school and Place2Be management team and actively participating in staff meetings to share best practice and develop clinical thinking, knowledge and learning.

Our new roles in Tayside will deliver 121 counselling for children and young people in the school communities we will be supporting. In the first instance, this job is until end December 2021 but we anticipate, that with professional delivery of the service over this time, this period is likely to be extended. We recognise that not all candidates will have extensive experience counselling children. Place2Be will provide support and training to upskill the right candidate

The successful candidate:

Will have a recognised clinical qualification with some post-qualifying experience, along with a good knowledge of the school environment. Most important of all is your approach; we are an exciting, dynamic organisation doing amazing work so we're looking for people with the enthusiasm and commitment to match our own.

You will:

  • have a recognised qualification in counselling with current registration to BACP
  • possess post qualification experience in a clinical role and an understanding of working with people and schools
  • demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the importance of embedding Assessment and Formulation in clinical practice
  • develop project plans into sensible, timely actions that meet the expectations of the school and more senior colleagues; understands the need for efficiency and timelines in delivery
  • displays effective, well-organised management of their school project

Please note only counsellors or psychotherapists should apply, and they can be registered with BACP or COSCA.

In return we offer you a range of fantastic benefits including:

  • Enhanced Annual Leave entitlement
  • Robust Learning and Development Programme
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance, 4x Annual Salary
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Mobile Phone Discounts (EE Network)
  • Cycle purchase and season ticket loan schemes
  • Extended Maternity/Paternity Pay

If you share our core values of perseverance, integrity, compassion and creativity and have the counselling skills and patience to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people and families, we would love you to join us. It’s sensitive and demanding work – but huge-ly rewarding and fulfilling - you will be helping to give young people a brighter future.

Application notes

Closing Date: Thursday 28th January 2021 at 11:59pm

1st Interview: TBC 2021 ZOOM Video Interview

Please view/download the full Job Description and Person Specification and APPLYon our website.

Diversity and Inclusion

Place2Be is committed to equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices and we positively encourage applications from all sections of the community.

Additionally, for our clinical roles we are particularly keen in attracting male candidates to reflect the diversity of the partner schools and communities we work in.

All successful applicants to clinical roles will be asked to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure from the DBS/PVG.