- Location: RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
- Salary: £30,942.00 - £33,797.00 per year pro rata
- Contract Type: Fixed Term
- Position Type: Term Time Only
- Hours: 20 hours per week
As part of the Student Life Department you will provide practical counselling to students on a time-limited contract basis.
You'll already have a recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) in a counselling approach such as Integrative Therapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or be on a registered accredited by the Professional Standards for Health and Social Care (PSA). You'll also have post qualification experience of providing one to one counselling on a time limited contract.
The post is part-time, ad-hoc to work in periods of high demand.
We're in the business of changing lives - developing students into highly employable graduates. Be part of that amazing journey by joining our 1500 colleagues who already enjoy the vibrant community, richly rewarding work, competitive pay and generous pension contributions.
This post in subject to the individual being required to join the PVG scheme. For more information, visit: https://www.mygov.scot/pvg-scheme/
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.
Closing Date: 08 December 2019
RESPONSIBLE TO: Inclusion Manager
RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility
PURPOSE OF POST:
As part of the Student Life Department, you will provide 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. The service typically offers 6 sessions of counselling support to students (4 at peak times).
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 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 Advisor to ensure that the most appropriate interventions are utilised.
To effectively utilise CORE (Clinicl Outcomes in Routine Evalution) 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 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.
Qualifications and Professional memberships
A recognised formal counselling qualification (Diploma/Higher Degree) in an a approach such as Integrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Person-Centred Therapy with substantial experience of working with clients.
Accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCP) or on a register accredited by the Professional Standards Agency for Health and Social Care (PSA)
Knowledge and understanding of the Association for University and College Counselling (AUCC) and the 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.
Knowledge of Higher Education Sector and related to this, the retention and progression of students.
Experience of working on a time-limited basis.
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.