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Mindspace _ Senior Counsellor Post - Perth


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Contact: Jillian Milne | Address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mindspace Limited is one of Scotland’s most exciting mental health charities based in Perth. We offer a high-quality counselling service alongside Scotland’s first independent Recovery College and amazing Peer Hub and work with hundreds of people across the county of Perth and Kinross.  
Senior Counsellor 
We are seeking a motivated person to oversee the day to day delivery of the counselling service for adults 16 plus; to ensure high quality service delivery consistent with legal requirements, good practice and ethical practice.    The post holder will manage recruitment, induction and support of both trainee and experienced counsellors and ensure cohesion between the Counselling Service, the Recovery College and Peer Hub to make certain clients receive best and appropriate care and treatment.
A full job description is attached.  To apply, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for an application pack.
Part time – 20 hours per week to be worked flexibly
Salary £30,100 - £32,300 pro rata (depending on qualifications and experience)
Closing date: 20 May 2022
Interview date: 26th/27th May

Job Description:

Our mission at Mindspace is to promote mental well-being in a safe and supportive environment. The Senior Counsellor (Adult Counselling Service) is a vital member of the team who has a significant role in developing Mindspace. 
This role is crucial to our success in organising and managing all strategic and clinical aspects of our Adult Counselling Service delivery, ensuring that all counselling is provided ethically and is consistent with legal requirements and recognised good practice.
The Senior Counsellor reports to the Chief Executive Officer, who will provide the appropriate performance coaching and support.
The Senior Counsellor collaborates with team members across all functions at Mindspace, including our Recovery College and our Peer Support Hub, to ensure that we fully meet our clients' needs.
The Senior Counsellor will directly oversee and provide clinical support to both Employed and Self-Employed Counsellors.

The Senior Counsellor is responsible for providing clinical expertise and oversight to the counselling service, coordinating the work of self-employed counsellors, and assisting with the strategic development of the Adult Counselling Service. 

Working to the highest professional standards, the details of these responsibilities are as follows:

• Hold specific responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of the Adult Counselling Service.
• Maximise the potential of our existing working agreements with referral agencies, building upon and expanding these areas of work where possible.
• Monitor and manage waiting lists to progress referrals effectively and timeously.
• Take a lead role in assessing new referrals, conducting initial assessments, allocating clients to counsellors, and holding a small client caseload.
• Assist in developing expertise and links within local area networks.
• Monitor client feedback, responding, resolving, and reporting on matters as appropriate.
• Provide accurate and timely evaluation and impact reports on counselling outcomes for the management team and our key funders.
• Maintain and develop service guidelines, policies, and protocols, and ensure that Mindspace maintains its registered status with BACP.

• Manage the recruitment, selection, induction and progress support of trainee and experienced employed counsellors.
• Set expectations and provide service agreements to all self-employed counsellors.
• Coordinate and support the activities of the counsellors, ensuring effective diary, absence and holiday management, and consistent delivery of all one-to-one counselling sessions.
• Ensure that all counsellors are undertaking adequate external supervision and that contracts are agreed upon and in place with counsellors' supervisors.
• Ensure that all counsellors regularly access required CPD to maintain their fitness to practice in line with BACP guidelines.
• Monitor the performance and outcomes of counsellors, auditing notes and correspondence, providing coaching support and ensuring continuous improvement.
• Establish effective and inclusive communication channels within the counselling team, including administrator(s) and across the broader organisation, enabling sharing of new ideas and good practice.

• Produce reports and development plans to the Board of Trustees and external funders as required.
• Advocate for and oversee the promotion and publicity of the service in collaboration with the Marketing and Fundraising Officer.
• Support the Marketing & Fundraising Officer with funding applications information to enhance, develop, and maintain the counselling service.

The responsibilities outlined above guide the range of tasks involved in the Senior Counsellor role. They reflect the organisation's current needs; however, they may be varied from time to time to reflect or anticipate changes to the developing nature of the service. 

The Senior Counsellor – (Adult Counselling Service) job description was last reviewed in April 2022.

Essential Requirements Desirable Requirements
Professional / Educational Qualifications • Must be registered with BACP/UKCP/BABCP
• Recognised professional counselling qualification to diploma level or equivalent; for example, BACP recognised course or evidence that you meet BACP competencies. • Accreditation or equivalent with a national professional body (e.g., BACP, COSCA) 
• A qualification in clinical supervision and training.
Relevant Work / Other Experience • Previous experience in Adult Counselling settings.
• Experience in working across multi-disciplinary teams.
• Experienced in carrying out initial assessments.
• Evidenced ability to work under pressure and support others successfully through stressful situations.
• Experience in coordinating multiple tasks and delivering services according to contracts.
• Knowledge of appropriate referral mechanisms.
• Knowledge and understanding of monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Ability to work effectively with colleagues from other disciplines. • Experience in meeting the requirements associated with counselling training placements.
• Experience in managing people.

Skills and Abilities • Significant post-qualifying practice hours.
• Ability to prepare accurate and informative reports.
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal & written communication skills.
• Excellent organisational, administrative, and computing skills. Competent in Microsoft Office and Video Meeting Apps.
• Demonstrable awareness of and responsiveness to individual differences and needs, cultural diversity and equal opportunities.
• A calm but practical approach to solving problems. • Knowledge of current challenges and opportunities facing the voluntary /third sector.
• Experience in reporting to Funders and Boards.
• Experience in implementing relevant health & safety requirements.

Essential requirements Desirable Requirements
Personal Qualities • Excellent team working skills.
• Commitment to providing a high-quality service.
• Attention to detail.
• Ability to prioritise between competing demands and work to strict deadlines.
• Ability to work with minimal day to day supervision.
• Professionalism and a collaborative approach to working.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality appropriate to the setting.

Disclosure Scotland • This position requires you to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and undertake the necessary vetting checks.

• Working hours – 20 hours per week