Counsellor (Clinical Lead) (145)

Counsellor (Clinical Lead)

Counsellor (Clinical Lead) Part time (0.5 FTE)

Salary: £33,797 - £38,017 (pro rata) per annum

This is an exciting opportunity to join the new Directorate for Student Success as part of the Student Wellbeing team. You will be required to lead the team of cousellors and build strong relationships with professional service employees and academics across the University. You will possess the ability to manage your own schedule across a number of locations and demonstrate a solution focused approach.

The Counsellor Clinical Lead post is required to ensure that students experiencing emotional and/or psychological difficulties are offered a range of evidence based counselling support to help them engage successfully with their studies, their broader student experience and progression beyond study. To lead a team of Counsellors to provide clinical assessments and counselling, crisis management and related forms of support to students as part of the counselling service, working within the policies and procedures of the counselling service and professional guidelines. Engage with external agencies to support the student wellbeing offer. the post holder will offer supervision to the counselling team as well as the placement counsellors.

For further information about this role please contact Emma.Binnie@bucks.ac.uk

All applications are to be made on-line.  The University operates an anonymised shortlisting process and therefore any uploaded CV’s or supporting documents must not include your name and personal details. Please ensure the application form is filled out in full.

Closing Date: 18 November 2019      

Interview Date: 26 November 2019

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Bucks New University will not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position. All non EU/EAA candidates must have valid immigration status and/or a UK visa valid for the duration of the contract in order to be considered for this appointment.

Bucks New University is a Disability Confident employer and as such you will be given the opportunity to declare a disability as part of the application process.

Location
High Wycombe
Contract Type
Permanent
Salary Range
£33,797 - £38,017
Hours per week
0.6 FTE
Closing Date
18/11/2019
Ref No
145

Job Description

The Counsellor Clinical Lead post is required to ensure that students experiencing emotional and/or psychological difficulties are offered a range of evidence based counselling support to help them engage successfully with their studies, their broader student experience and progression beyond study. To lead a team of Counsellors to provide clinical assessments and counselling, crisis management and related forms of support to students as part of the counselling service, working within the policies and procedures of the counselling service and professional guidelines. Engage with external agencies to support the student wellbeing offer. the post holder will offer supervision to the counselling team as well as the placement counsellors

Main Duties & Responsibilities of the role:

  • Operational lead of the Counselling Team to ensure a consistent, coherent and multi-agency approach to case work.
  •  Coordinate training and development of staff to support the maintenance of their relevant registrations, identify good practice, and support continuing professional development of self and the team. Promote a culture of continual evaluation and improvement in practice.
  • To be a participative member of the Counselling Team to provide responsive, professional counselling to students, including a thorough clinical assessment of each client and to ascertain their suitability for counselling.
  • To manage an ongoing case-load of clients which includes; one-off interventions, brief and longer-term work, intermittent treatment and crisis intervention.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues e.g. Head of Service, Senior Counsellor, Counselling Service Co-ordinator, Psychiatrist, GPs and external Mental Health resources to case manage clients who are experiencing mental health crises and who may need immediate referral and/or intervention.
  • To provide consultation to academics and other members of staff concerned about students or about their personal support role with students.
  • To be responsible for developing and delivering emotional intelligence and self-awareness training to staff and students.
  • To ensure a professional and effective standard of clinical practice by working within recognised professional ethical framework and the policies and procedures of the counselling service. 
  • To undertake continuous personal and professional development, including clinical supervision from a supervisor approved by Head of Service.
  • Ensure that the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice and service and university policies and procedures are followed by all.
  • Explore the use of digital and online platforms to deliver counselling sessions, providing flexibility and efficiency for students.
  • Ensure that data is collected, collated and analyses to demonstrate impact and that can be shared across the institution.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

E – Essential     D = Desirable     A = Application     T = Test     I = Interview

Education, Qualifications & Training

E / D

Means of Testing

Post Graduate Qualification at Diploma or Masters level in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Counselling Psychology.

E

A

Working towards accreditation or accredited to a recognised professional body such as BACP, UKCP or BPS.

E

A/I

Management or Leadership qualification

D

A/I

Knowledge & Experience

E / D 

 

Minimum of 1 year post-qualifying experience of providing supervised therapeutic interventions to individuals, some of which should have been within an institutional setting.

E

A

An understanding of the role of the counselling service within a University setting.

E

I

Experience of working with young adults/ adolescents including a working knowledge of the specific issues common to this client group e.g. adolescent development; transitions; self-harm; suicide; eating disorders; drugs and alcohol; separation; procrastination; exam panic

E

A/I

Ability to make sound clinical judgments to identify clients at serious risk of harm to self or others and make decisions relating to best clinical practice.

E

I

Ability to identify and respond appropriately to clients who are in need of psychiatric support or assessments.

E

I

A thorough understanding of the BACP/ UKCP ethical framework and guidelines for good practice.

E

I

Skills

E / D

 

 

Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with colleagues within a multi-disciplinary team and wider institutional setting.

E

I

Ability to work under pressure, seeing up to 5 clients per day    

E

I

A willingness to use supervision effectively to monitor fitness to practice.

E

I

A commitment to abide by the ethical principles as outlined by the BACP ethical framework.

E

I

Use of appropriate levels of IT skills to enable best use of available information and communications as necessary for the post. 

E

I

Ability to develop and deliver training to staff and students

E

I

Special Requirements

E / D

 

 

Ability to establish a relationship of trust and respect with clients and accept without bias the issues raised by them.

E

I

ROLE COMPETENCIES

 

STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Agreeing & Delivering Student Expectations

•             Sets quality standards for own area

•             Monitors and maintains standards and policies

•             Encourages others to find new ways of improving performance

•             Deals with complex welfare issues where appropriate

•             Uses professionals from other departments or agencies where appropriate to ensure effectiveness of                 support               

Teaching & Learning

•             Delivers a series of lectures/workshops to substantively enhance the student experience

•             Develops ongoing relationships with students/delegates to achieve learning outcomes

PEOPLE / RELATIONSHIPS

Adhering to Bucks Values

•             Challenges inappropriate behaviours that breach the values

•             Maintains high personal ethical standards in approach and decision making

•             Acts as a role model

Applying Expertise / Scholarly Activity

•             Acquires knowledge of professional or technical practice and keep up to date

•             Participates in continual professional development

•             Contributes to internal development and external conferences through research, scholarship and knowledge         transfer

PERFORMANCE

Problem Solving & Decision Making

•             Applies a range of information to resolve issues and varied problems

•             Makes recommendations/decisions on complex and longer term issues

•             Weighs up risks logically

•             Takes calculated risks rather than missing opportunities

PARTNERS

Influencing & Networking

•             Builds collaborative relationships across faculties and departments to deliver goals

•             Relates well to different types of people and deals confidently with senior levels

•             Handles objections from others convincingly

•             Identifies objections and constructs counter arguments

•             Uses humour to create enjoyable relationships  

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