Post title: Volunteer College Counsellor
Reporting to: College Counsellor, Mental Health Lead
‘Come questioning, go seeking, grow’
We are seeking a volunteer with high levels of integrity and emotional intelligence to support the student welfare team with their delivery, of counselling to students by following the BACP ethical framework. The post holder should be experienced in working with children and young people, be culturally sensitive and confident with handling and referring any safeguarding concerns in a timely manner. This role may be desirable to a placement student who may have a supervisor allocated as part of their course. The current College Counsellor will check in with you regularly to ensure you are on track.
- To follow college guidance and policies for safeguarding students.
- To complete initial safeguarding training.
- To work under the direction of the college Counsellor and Mental health lead and have the opportunity to have regular meetings and support.
- To provide a confidential counselling service to students experiencing a wide range of issues.
- To be responsible for maintaining appropriate records as requested by the college
- To liaise and work with the DSL and Safeguarding and Welfare Manager, Counsellor regarding any safeguarding or prevent issues.
- To ensure student records are up to date and communicated in line with College procedures and the Student Disciplinary database.
- To follow up on and respond to concerns from teachers or students and implement the student disciplinary process as appropriate.
- To ensure students feel able to discuss and disclose any allegations/incidents of harassment, bullying or abuse and check that all students are aware of the College support processes including the confidential counselling service.
- To help students prepare for their next steps.
- Comply with any rules and regulations which the College may from time to time issue, to ensure the efficient operation of its business and the welfare and interest of its employees and learners.
- Work flexibly and efficiently to maintain the highest professional standards and to promote and implement the policies of the College.
- To ensure adherence to all College policies and procedures including Safeguarding, Keeping Children Safe in Education and IT Policy and procedures.
- To work to the College quality standards and systems within the context of the College quality systems.
- To ensure continuous professional development (CPD) requirements as specified by the College and that may be identified during college processes, for example Developmental reviews.
- To undertake such other duties and responsibilities as are appropriate to this level of post.
- Essential Criteria
- Appropriate counselling qualifications, or minimum completion of 3 years of a four-year counselling course
- Proven experience of counselling, with at least 1 years working with clients with complex needs, such as presented by those (Higher)
- Understanding of the complex needs that young people face
- Current Member of a recognised professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK (e.g. ACC or BACP).
- Relevant qualifications for working with and supporting young people.
- Proven ability to establish and maintain information systems and keep accurate records.
- Demonstrated experience of facilitating group work sessions
- Ability to plan and prioritise your own workload, including setting and meeting deadlines
Terms of Employment
Tenure of post: Fixed term, Term Time Only
Start Date: As soon as possible
End Date: 15th July 2022
Hours of work: 6-8 hours per week.
Benefits you can Enjoy
- Amazing range of continued professional development to support your career path
- Free onsite gym
- Free Car Park on both sites and Good public transport
- Wellbeing offering to support your physical, mental and financial health through our EAP.
The Henley College is an Equal Opportunities Employer. The Henley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff to share this commitment. This position is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check.
The Henley College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.