Part Time Student Counsellor

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Ref no: RGU00768
Closes: Sunday, 19th March 2017
Published: Thursday, 9th March 2017
Location: RGU Garthdee
Salary: £29,301 - £32,004 per year Pro Rata
Hours: 12.00 hours per week
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Position Type: Part Time
Organisation: RGU
Category: Education
Sub-category: Learning Support

Job Summary

As part of the Student Life Department you will provide practical solution focussed counselling for our students.

You will have a recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) in a solution focussed approach such as Integrative Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent. You will also have post qualification experience of providing one to one counselling on a time limited contract basis.

The post is Part Time (12 hours per week) and  temporary until 30 June 2017. 

We are in the business of changing lives, developing students into highly employable graduates. This is your opportunity to be part of that amazing journey and join our 1600 colleagues who already enjoy the vibrant community.

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.  A PVG check will be required for the successful applicant.

Please submit a covering letter as to why you would be interested in this role along with an up to date CV.

Closing Date: 19 March 2017


Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Student Services Manager 

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: As part of the Student Life Department you will provide practical solution-focussed counselling to students which will typically involve initial assessments of clients, on-going appointments, dealing with emergency referrals and responding effectively to students in crisis. 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: 
To promote student wellbeing through practical, timely and appropriate interventions and referrals both internally and externally. This will include providing common sense advice and support as well as providing solution-focussed counselling.
To undertake individual solution-focussed counselling with students on a time-limited basis.
To undertake initial assessments of clients in line with the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) best practice Guidelines and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Guidelines.
To liaise closely with the Student Wellbeing Adviser to ensure that the most appropriate interventions are utilised.
To effectively utilise CORE (Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation) which is a standard evaluation system (used at the beginning and end of the counselling contract).
To adhere to best practice guidance covering areas such as records management, data protection legislation and AUCC and BACP ethical code of practice.
Liaise and build effective relationships internally with colleagues within support departments and academic schools.
Make timely and appropriate referrals to external partners and agencies such as to GPs and other Health Care Providers.
Proactively promote a health and well-being agenda by organising and facilitating student focussed workshops and other group activities.
Maintain professional standards through Supervision and CPD.

 

Person Specification

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS 

Qualifications and Professional Memberships 

First Degree.

A recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) in a solution-focussed approach such as Integrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Person-Centred Therapy.

Accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or equivalent.

Knowledge and Experience 

Knowledge of Higher Education Sector and related to this, the retention and progression of students.

Knowledge and understanding of the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) best practice guidelines and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) guidelines.

Working knowledge of Data Protection legislation and Records Management. 

Substantial post qualification experience of providing one to one counselling on a time limited contract.

Behaviours

Behaviour 1: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of: calming and reassuring those with work/study/student life related problems who may be experiencing distress; dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters; providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support.

Behaviour 2: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

Behaviour 3: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey both straightforward information, and information requiring careful explanation, in a clear and accurate manner.

Behaviour 4: Liaison and Networking  - Experiences of: circulating information in an accurate and timely manner; working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships;
leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest; leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation.


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