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Counsellors wanted

If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and covering letter to info@theabingdonbridge.org.uk
Closing date for enquiries is Saturday 30th August 2024. 

Title:  Counsellor / Therapist   
Reports to: Head of Counselling / Head of wellbeing 
Hours: 10.66 per week (working with 8 clients. (flexible hours options) 
Salary: Competitive (to be discussed at interview)
Contract: Either self-employed or contracted


Job Description

We are looking for experienced and highly motivated Counsellors / Therapists to join our thriving charity. The Abingdon Bridge (TAB) is a registered charity that provides support to young people (age range: 13-25 years). The counselling / wellbeing service is mostly provided Monday to Friday between 1 and 7pm. Counsellors / therapists would normally work within these times, but other tasks may include attending meetings, administrative duties, and in-house supervision.


Job Purpose

  • Provide effective and confidential therapy to young people in both a face-to-face and virtual setting.

  • Be aware of, and implement, the Abingdon Bridge vision and values.

  • Support the head of service with the smooth running of TAB counselling provision.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide therapy sessions to young people as a member of the counselling / wellbeing team. 

  • Share good practice across the service.  

  • Keep up-to-date with developments within counselling therapies and the wider young people’s agenda. 

  • Collect both qualitative and quantitative data; inputting data and ensuring that the database is up to date. 

  • Keep confidential records and store them securely on the TAB database.

  • Attend clinical supervision sessions for a minimum of one hour per month. 

  • Maintain accreditation with BACP or UKCP.

  • Abide by the ethical code of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. 

  • Work as part of the wider staff team, attend regular staff meetings and be aware of and implement all Abingdon Bridge policies. 

  • Undertake other relevant duties that may from time to time be required appropriate to the role.


Person Specification

Qualifications

  • Degree or equivalent in relevant subject.

  • BACP or UKCP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist. 

 
Experience

A minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in a counselling setting, specifically with 13 to 25-year olds. We are ideally looking for someone with a wealth of experience working with complex needs, such as self-harm, anxiety disorder, and depression.

 
Knowledge

  • Knowledge of, and the ability to work with a variety of psychotherapeutic modalities depending on the needs of the client, including CBT. 

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the BACP Code of Ethics.

  • Up to date knowledge of legislation, procedures and regulations covering children and young people, including safeguarding, confidentiality and data protection. 

  • Knowledge of and the ability to implement risk assessment procedures.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to deliver one to one counselling.

  • Ability to develop appropriate, positive relationships with young people, particularly 13 to 25 year olds.

  • Ability to communicate with young people and involve them in decision making, together with an understanding of the issues which affect young people.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Excellent inter-personal skills.

  • Good organisational skills, including the ability to manage appointments.

  • Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills.

  • To be familiar with Microsoft Office Suite and be able to produce basic documents using the software.

  • The ability to carry assessments and ensure the client is suitable for service. 

 

Personal Attributes

  • To be a good team worker demonstrating loyalty and commitment to team members. 

  • To show commitment to personal professional development with all members of the team. 

  • To be open to supervision and guidance from clinical supervisor and manager. 

  • To have an up to date enhanced DBS check (not more than 2 years old). 

  • To maintain good levels of attendance and to be punctual. 

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