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Young People’s Counsellor (based in school)

  • Full time or Part time
  • £25,365
  • Perth
  • Closing 14th May 2021


  • Advertised from 22nd April 2021
  • Hours to be agreed. (Requirements vary depending on the size of each school). December 2021 (possibility of extension, funding to be renewed in Oct/Nov 2021)
  • Supervision of 1.5 hours per month also paid

Role

Mindspace is a community based voluntary organisation committed to supporting and promoting the mental wellbeing of people in the Perth area. Mindspace is funded by NHS Tayside, Perth & Kinross Council, the Scottish Government, and donations. Mindspace’s objective is to promote mental wellbeing in a safe and supportive environment. Services are provided through Counselling, Recovery College and Peer Support.

Purpose of Role:

To provide counselling in schools for young people aged 10-18 based in the locality’s secondary school with some provision of counselling to year 6 and 7 pupils within the community.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a professional counselling service to children and young people aged 10–18
  • Contribute to service development.
  • Work within Mindspace’s policies and procedures
  • Liaise with Assistant Senior Counsellor to ensure high standard of service delivery
  • Engage in regular external counselling supervision at a level consistent with BACP requirements
  • Maintain confidentiality and child protection appropriate to the school setting
  • Follow good practice and ethical guidelines as required by BACP
  • Maintain records of clients and hours worked, and provide appropriate statistical returns as required
  • Liaise as required with admin staff
  • Attend regular wellbeing meetings as required by the school

Accountable to: Assistant Senior Counsellor

Requirements

Qualification

  • A counselling diploma at post graduate level
  • Accredited or eligible for accreditation with a professional counselling or psychotherapy organisation
  • Specialist training in counselling young people
  • Current membership of BACP or COSCA

Experience

  • Minimum of 450 hours of supervised practice gained over no less than two years
  • Competency in working within a recognised theoretical framework
  • Have worked therapeutically with young people
  • Knowledge and understanding of Child Protection issues – ensuring knowledge is current and up-to-date
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the setting
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and with colleagues from other disciplines
  • Ability and experience of using counselling supervision
  • Understanding of particular issues related to counselling vulnerable, disadvantaged young people
  • Ability to deliver counselling assessments
  • Knowledge and use of counselling monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Experience of developing services and liaising with partner organisations

Personal Qualities

  • Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing
  • Motivated, enthusiastic and self-aware
  • Ability to work independently while mindful of accountability
  • Ability to travel to other schools within the locality as required

Application notes

Closing date: 14th May

Applicants should contact admin@mindspacepk.com for an application form, CVs are not accepted.