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Posted in Jobs by Mae Boyd

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Student Counsellor/Psychological Therapist

Reference Number009521LocationGilmorehill Campus / Main BuildingCollege / ServiceUNIVERSITY SERVICESDepartmentCOUNSELLING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICESJob FamilyManagement Professional & AdministrativePosition TypePart TimeSalary Range£33,242 - £37,394
Job Purpose

To work within a multidisciplinary team to provide effective and integrated counselling and psychological services to students of the University, by delivering:

- Clinical assessment, counselling and other related forms of assistance to students
- Consultations for staff of the University, parents, funding bodies and other external agencies
- To provide training, guidance and support to staff of the University on matters concerning student mental and emotional well-being
- Active involvement in service development and in improving policies and practices within the University.
Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide expert short-term counselling / psychological therapy to students presenting to the service, both individually and in groups.

2. Provide drop-in service for students.

3. Provide professional clinical assessments and make appropriate decisions regarding the potential course of action for students.

4. In collaboration with the Head of Service and other colleagues, contribute to the development of university strategies, policies and practices, which ensure a healthier learning and working environment for students and staff.

5. Be responsible for providing an informed opinion and/or verifying students’ mitigating circumstances to academic colleagues and external funding bodies in accordance with the University and funding agencies regulations and service Code of Confidentiality and Management of Personal Information.

6. To work in liaison with other colleagues involved in the pastoral care and mental health provision at the University.

7. Review and evaluate client work through clinical and management supervision in order to ensure competence, fitness to practice and to comply with professional standards.

8. To take responsibility for specific areas of service development and delivery in consultation with the Deputy Head of Service.

9. To participate in the training and development of University staff involved in student support and guidance.

10. To work within the ethical framework of BACP and follow AUCC guidelines for good practice. Additionally, to adhere to the specific ethical frameworks according to professional registration.

11. Pursue continued professional development opportunities and actively participate in professional associations in order to maintain accreditation and also ensure increased knowledge base, self-awareness and enhanced skills.

12. To maintain appropriate electronic and written records on clients, including session notes and records of contact with other relevant parties.

13. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

A1 Degree, VQ4 or equivalent in a relevant subject or Post-Graduate qualification in Counselling or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology or equivalent
A2 To be accredited / registered by HPCP/BACP/BABCP/UKCP or equivalent, or eligible for such accreditation

B1 Training in supervision
B2 Qualification in CBT

C1 Clinical assessment skills
C2 Consultation skills (face to face and telephone)
C3 Liaison, negotiation and referral skills
C4 Excellent communication skills
C5 Ability to work on own initiative
C6 Developed aptitude for self awareness
C7 Empathy with students and having a good understanding of the emotional and developmental aspects of learning
C8 Ability to work cooperatively within a team
C9 The confident ability to work cooperatively with a range of University staff (academic and colleagues from the other support services)
C10 Emotional resilience and stamina, and the ability to work calmly under pressure
C11 Fully IT literate
C12 Ability to work affectively with students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds

D1 Group therapy skills
D2 Crisis management skills
D3 Supervision skills for work with trainee and/or honorary counsellors on placement
D4 Online counselling skills

E1 Minimum 3 years post qualifying counselling practice experience within an agency context or part of a defined network
E2 Proven and comprehensive experience of working in a short-term / brief therapy model
E3 Proven and comprehensive experience of clinical assessments
E4 Understanding of issues facing students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds

F1 Experience of counselling student in higher education
F2 Experience of running psycho-educational groups and workshops
F3 Experience in public speaking and delivering training
Job Features

Psychological Therapist / Counsellor
Part of a team of counsellors, CBT therapists, clinical psychologist, consultant psychiatrist and admin team. In addition, there will be a number of sessional counsellors and trainees on placement.
While accountable to the Deputy Head of Service, holds full professional responsibility for ensuring ethical practice and best standards in casework (individual and group work) and also in the delivery of all other related services to students, parents and staff of the university.

Full responsibility for relevant aspects of casework administration and also cooperative participation in regular management and clinical supervision.

Along with other members of the team, assist the Deputy and Head of Service in setting and advancing the strategic direction for the service.

Planning and Organising
To plan and organise a large workload encompassing the various aspects of the job effectively and efficiently and meet specified deadlines for particular projects

Decision Making
Responsible for prioritising all aspects of the workload, and for making clinical judgements and decisions regarding the most appropriate support or treatment options to recommend or offer.

Internal/External Relationships
To provide professional clinical assessment, counselling and other related support to students; consultation to academic staff, colleagues from the other support services and parents. Collaborate with other university colleagues and student bodies in furthering development work within the university. Referral to and liaison with GP’s, CMHT, funding bodies and other relevant internal and external sources of help. Active membership of professional associations.

Problem Solving
To be responsible for the decision-making encompassed within a large and varied workload and to do so in accordance within professional standards and also department and university policies.

Additional Department Information
Generally, psychological therapy / counselling is offered on a time-limited basis within a maximum of 6 sessions.

Please explore the CAPS website at http:/ for further information on what the service provides and how it operates

The remit of CAPS extends beyond individual counselling work with students and includes the provision of:
- Staff and parent consultation work (usually carried out by telephone)
- Student and staff induction talks
- Group work with students
- Staff training (academic and other support services’ staff) to enhance their understanding and skills in student mental health and wellbeing
- Liaising with and developing collaborative projects with colleagues from other support services.
Skills and experience in these areas are therefore an advantage.

Annual leave to be agreed with the Deputy Head of Service and other members of staff to ensure continuity of cover for the service. Annual leave is generally taken out of semester times.

The service can operate up to 20:00, so flexibility in hours of work will be required.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Management, Professional and Administrative Grade, level 7, £33,242 - £37,394 per annum, pro rated to the number of hours worked.

This is a part time (hours to be confirmed: 0 - 35) and open ended post.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful candidate will be eligible to join the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) by application. If the candidates earnings trigger auto-enrolment thresholds then they will be enrolled into the USS automatically if the previously stated option to join USS has not been taken up.

The University of Glasgow is looking to Recruit 3 Student Counsellor/ Psychological Therapist’s.

Ref: 009521, closing date 19 October 2014.

Posted in Notices by Catherine Cowie

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Date/Time: Saturday 1st November 2014, 1pm – 4pm
Place: Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4HZ

Did you know about PCT Scotland’s active engagement with the worldwide person-centred community? Why not come and hear about it at our 2014 Autumn Gathering and share your own experiences and responses in open discussion with fellow PCT Scotland members.

In July this year PCT Scotland member Susan Stephen represented us in Buenos Aires at “PCE2014, Beyond borders – experiencing diversity,” the World Association for Person-Centred & Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy (WAPCEPC) biannual conference. A presentation by Susan about her conference experience will be the stimulus activity of our 2014 Autumn Gathering, and it is expected to spark off lively discussion about the person-centred approach’s functioning internationally and locally.

PCT Scotland is an organisational member of WAPCEPC. Several of us also have individual membership, and PCT Scotland bats above its weight in the number of its members who have been or are on the WAPCEPC organising committee.

Susan’s presentation will be preceded by a light lunch (provided) and a chance to catch up with each other, and it’s anticipated that the meeting will end at about 4pm. Please send an e-mail to if you will be coming along. There is no charge for this event.

Posted in Jobs by Alison Barr

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Chai Cancer Care is expanding its professional services in the Glasgow area.

We are looking for an accredited Counsellor to join our growing and developing team. Experience in working with cancer patients and relatives preferred.

Working hours are flexible.

CONTACT: For more information or to send your CV, please email Lisa Steele at

Posted in Jobs by Karen Brown

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Further to on going growth of our business, we are recruiting for the post of Overnight Counsellor.

Validium® – the market leader for EAP quality and standards.
We have several exciting counsellor vacancies in our 24–hour central Glasgow office.
We are looking for counsellors to join our growing and developing team who are either accredited
or who hold a diploma in counselling with a minimum of 300 hours of supervised practice and are a member

Your role will be working with our clients over the telephone.
We have overnight shifts to cover, from 23.00hrs to 08.00hrs.

CONTACT: Please send your CV by email to:

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. INCREASING WORKFORCE VALUE®

Posted in General by Kathleen Rankin

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This new suite of therapy rooms is located in the heart of Shawlands in the south side of Glasgow.
Newly refurbished rooms and tasteful decoration you will working among an experienced and committed group of therapists
Easy public transport and free on street parking available.
Reasonable day rates.
Contact Pauline Brown for more details.

Posted in General by Sheila Turner

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I'd like to hear from counsellors with 3 yrs plus experience who'd want to be part of a small, closed group, to reflect upon their processes in /out of the counsellor's chair.Times & dates dependent on majority of participants interested.Hope to begin early October. Meet in my home, EH17 8SX. Money to be negotiated in due course!

Posted in General by Orly Koppel

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Further to the last notice, virtually all the books have gone. I have the Pete Sanders (several copies) and Mearns/Thorne (two copies) and Page/Wosket's book on Supervision left. Please do get in touch if you would like any or all of these.

Posted in Notices by Melitta Bosworth

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4 part course
in using art therapeutically- presented from a person-centered perspective

Part 1 Fri 31st Oct – Sun 2nd Nov 2014
Part 2 Fri 12th Dec – Sun 14th Dec 2014
Part 3 Fri 23rd Jan – Sun 25th Jan 2015
Part 4 Fri 20th Mar - Sun 22nd Mar 2015

booking 3 months in advance

Please initially request
an Application Form:
or 01738 583 238

Cost £960
Full Board & includes all art materials. Fees can be paid in installments.

When booking, please send a non-refundable deposit of £125 to:
The Bield at Blackruthven Tibbermore, PERTH PH1 1PY

Throughout this experiential course we provide exercises with art materials for individuals and groups.
You are encouraged to reflect on and journal about these experiences.

During the course you will develop the skills required to work with others by expressing yourself through creating images and working with your peer group to verbalise this experience. Learning to accompany others as they explore their own creative expressions is a strong focus.
This is designed as a skills development course and would be suitable for individuals who are working in a counselling, pastoral or care setting.

You can access more information from the website & also download the flier from there.

Posted in Notices by Morna Rutherford

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Now in our nineteenth year of offering training, Advanced Professional Training is delighted to join our modular MSc programme within the Counselling Unit, University of Strathclyde. This means that it may be possible to gain academic credit for each workshop taken for those participants who are working towards an MSc within the Counselling Unit.
Our APT workshops and short courses are developed as a response to increasing need for advanced and further training for Person-Centred practitioners. Our courses have proved popular also to practitioners from other disciplines, creating a rich and diverse learning environment for knowledge exchange. We offer an opportunity to focus on particular practice issues, learn new skills, deepen understanding of the breadth and scope of Person-Centred theory and practice, and to relate openly with other approaches to psychotherapy. Our courses range from specific professional training to personal development workshops.

If you would like to apply for one of our courses, please apply online at or contact the Research and Knowledge Exchange Team as indicated below. Our 2014-15 programme will come online within the next month.

Programme 2014-15

Emotion Focused Therapy Level 1 Tues 26th- Fri 29th August 2014
Emotion Focused Therapy Level 2 31st Oct/1st November 2014, 7th/8th February 2015, 12th/13th June 2015
Emotion Focused Therapy Level 3 October 2014 – September 2015, Fridays tbc

Group Supervision of Counsellors
and Psychotherapists 8th Sept – 19th Dec 2014 (Training days: 8th/9th September, 3rd/4th November 2014)

Working with Person-Centred Therapy Friday 14th November 2014
in a Time-Limited Context

Professional Training in the Individual
and Group Supervision of Counsellors
and Psychotherapists:
Module 1 Commencing 19th January 2015
Module 2 Commencing 11th May 2015
Module 3 Commencing 7th September 2015

(Con)-figurations Thursday 12th February 2015

Person-Centred Therapy with More
than One Person in the Room Friday 13th February 2015

Working with Children and Young People
- Play Therapy Thurs 26th and Fri 27th March 2015

Professional Training in Person-
Centred Couple Therapy: Foundation: 13th - 17th April 2015
To complete Certificate: 29th – 30th June 2015

New Developments in Person-Centred
Therapy Thursday date to be confirmed 2015
-Followed by Mary Kilborn Lecture

Hurting to Heal: Exploring Self-Harm Thursday 21st May 2015

Trauma Release Friday 22nd May 2015

Eating Our Words Friday 5th June 2015

Posted in General by Natalie Gibb

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Place2Be's award winning school-based service supports the mental health and wellbeing of children, families and teachers across the UK. Currently we have a variety of clinical placements available for session 2014-2015 for trainee and qualified counsellors/therapists. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills in a school setting, with on-site supervision,training workshops and possible career progression within the organisation. Placements are for a minimum of one day per week for one academic year, term time only. Places are available in our projects in both Primary and Secondary schools.
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