As part of the development of our whole school mental health and wellbeing provision we are looking for a passionate and empathic School Counsellor to join our pastoral team.
The successful candidate will provide a range of therapeutic interventions to support students who may be experiencing a range of social, emotional and mental health issues. As such we are looking for a strong communicator with proven skills in engaging with, inspiring and motivating, students, parents and staff. The school counsellor will also play a key role alongside the wider staff team in providing holistic support for our students as well as their families and carers.
Our long-term vision is to expand our mental health and wellbeing provision over the next few years so our ideal candidate would be ambitious, innovative and ready for a challenge.
In the first instance the provision of counselling hours to meet the needs of the students will be the significant and main role undertaken by the successful candidate. However, building from this position the ambition for the role is to undertake a wider remit and development of our provision as outlined below.
Your role will be:
- To provide a high-quality professional counselling service for students who require therapeutic welfare support covering a variety of emotional health issues.
- To assess the appropriateness of counselling as part of the referral process.
- To liaise with parents where necessary to ensure the young person is supported well.
- To provide a drop-in service at the school for all students as means of one-off support or self-referral.
- To co-ordinate where appropriate with external agencies such as CAMHs, GPs and Psychiatrists to ensure the young person’s wellbeing and safety.
- To appropriately share all safeguarding concerns with the Designated Safeguarding Lead within the school.
- To facilitate, alongside other colleagues, group sessions on issues, which may include conflict resolution, anger management and self-esteem, as examples
- To offer support to staff dealing on a regular basis with students with mental health concerns, including those with safeguarding responsibility
- To lead and support parent’s information evenings about well-being and resilience.
- To maintain confidential notes on all counselling sessions and complete session notes (respecting appropriate confidentiality).
- To attend external clinical supervision to ensure best practice, discuss current case load and identify CPD needs.
- To liaise with key staff members in respect of any necessary next steps to ensure the welfare and safety for all students at the school.
- To review the counselling provision on a termly basis and implement steps to improve the service.
- To attend multi-agency meetings, where appropriate
The successful candidate will join a forward-thinking Trust and enjoy our many staff benefits which include:-
- Generous holiday entitlement
- Family friendly policies
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Employee assistance programme
- Lifestyle and retail discounts, sports and social events
- Training and development opportunities
- Staff sports and social events
If you feel you have the skills, experience and enthusiasm we would love to hear from you.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries. We look forward to receiving your application
Closing Date: 10am, Tuesday 30th August 2022
Tandridge Learning Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful candidate will be subject to safer recruitment checks, including an enhanced DBS check.
As an equal opportunities’ employer, Tandridge Learning Trust is also committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourages suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds irrespective of personal characteristics.