London campus base, but should be able and prepared to work at other locations as necessary
The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is an employment-focused university, dedicated to ensuring students from diverse backgrounds develop the academic knowledge and practical skills to thrive.
We placed 13th for teaching quality in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and 8th in the UK for ‘Social Inclusion’ in this league table this year.
We are now looking for a Counsellor to join our growing Student Wellbeing department, based in London, on a full time, Permanent contract basis, working 37 hours per week, to include weekend cover.
This is an exciting opportunity to work in a dynamic and supportive environment, with a clear strategy and growth agenda.
You will provide professional, sensitive, and student-focussed one-to-one counselling and to a wide range of students. This role offers a significant and exciting opportunity to join a team that continues to develop and innovate a student-focused service provision
You will provide a professional counselling service for students and staff, in accordance with the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
This post is broader than that of personal Counsellor and will include an input into the University’s student wellbeing provision, linking with local medical and psychiatric services for consultation and referral as appropriate. You will work closely with colleagues from departments across the University, based at various campus or learning centre locations. In particular, you will be expected to work closely with the University’s Wellbeing Advisors.
You will have an in-depth understanding of their specific professional area and, in undertaking their responsibilities and accountabilities, will be expected to lead by example and to promote the Dignity at Work ethos and equal opportunities standards.
In addition, you will, on behalf of the University, have specific responsibilities for liaising with a range of external organisations on matters relating to student welfare. This may involve the organisation of events and activities in collaboration with colleagues and the Students’ Union. You will be required to attend meetings and develop initiatives as required.
To be considered as a Counsellor, you will need:
- To be degree qualified (or equivalent) with a recognised diploma / post-graduate diploma or equivalent qualifications in counselling.
- Extensive experience in assessing and offering one to one counselling in person and online.
- Experience of short-term goal-orientated counselling.
- Experience of working with mental health issues
- Experience of safeguarding within an ethical counselling practice.
- Ability to manage own workload with minimal supervision.
- Able to liaise with diverse individuals and groups.
- Ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality.
- Good IT skills.
- Ability to demonstrate self-care and psychological resilience.
- Ability to use supervision effectively.
- Experience of working in accordance with the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Able to work as part of a team and in partnership with others
It would be desirable if you have:
- Experience of counselling / working in Further/Higher Education.
- Annual leave entitlement is 35 days’ annual leave per year, plus 8 bank holidays and 4 University closure days.
- Our employees get access to a great pay and benefits package in recognition of their valued contribution including:
- Good pay and conditions; as an accredited living wage employer, we offer competitive pay
- Pension scheme membership from USS to provide benefits for you and your family
- Family-friendly policies that provide for flexible working, including additional paid maternity and paternity leave
- Career and development opportunities, including support to gain further qualifications
- Support for mental health and wellbeing, including occupational health and counselling support services
- Staff discounts on a range of products and services
- Travel schemes, including the cycle to work scheme
Please note, this application process does not include the option to submit a CV. Therefore, your application will be assessed based on your answers to the application questions only and, in particular, your Supporting Statement.
Closing date: 7th August 2023, 11:59pm