Counselling placements

We welcome requests for placements. The information here is aimed at

  • associate counsellors who have completed their training and are looking to gain further experience for their BACP acceditation;
  • trainee counsellors who are looking for placements as part of their training;
  • and counselling training providers.  

We value the contribution associate and trainee counsellors make to the service and we also wish to make a contribution to the training and development of colleagues.  

The Counselling and Wellbeing Service

We offer a confidential, therapeutic space for students to explore any personal and psychological difficulties affecting them whilst at university.  We promote growth and resilience through short-term, in-depth work.  We are a diverse, specialist and professional counselling service accredited by BACP.

Counsellors on placement are expected to work in accordance with the service policies and procedures and also according to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. All counsellors are covered by the university’s public liability insurance

Associate Counsellor Placements

We offer unpaid placements from October to June or January to December for associate counsellors who have already completed their training. The placements are for one day per week during academic term-time, with the option to continue seeing clients during university holidays subject to client availability. The placements are also available spread over two evenings or two half days a week. Associate counsellors work mainly with undergraduate students with a range of presenting issues and severity. The work is chiefly short term (usually with a maximum of six sessions though there is some flexibility over this). This is a good opportunity to accumulate counselling hours in a professional setting, and will be of particular interest to counsellors wishing to move into counselling in the Higher Education sector or who wish to develop skills in working with late adolescents/early adults.

We accept applications from associate counsellors who meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of one of the following counselling training routes
  • 2 year post-graduate diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy (level 6)
  • 2 year full time or 3 year part time foundation degree (level 5), having obtained a degree previously
  • BA (Hons) Counselling (also sometimes called Foundation Degree + top-up to BA (Hons))
  • Counselling/Psychotherapy Masters course (level 7)
  • The training must be at the level of the minimum for UKCP (see UKCP Standards of Education and Training (2012) - The Minimum Core Criteria, Psychotherapy with Adults or BACP’s requirement for membership and progression on to BACP individual accreditation ie a minimum of a 1 year full-time course or minimum 2 years part-time course that has a supervised placement of a minimum 100 hours as an integral part of the course. We also require study at degree level, either as part of the course or as a previous degree, owing to the nature of the HE context and presenting issues.
  • Prepared to engage in short-term work.
  • Is a member of BACP/UKCP/BPS
  • Prepared to work with difference e.g. sexuality and culture.
  • Has a particular interest in counselling in a higher education setting.
  • Is able to undertake computer data-entry, including online case notes, use CORE-net and other electronic systems for communication and room bookings
  • Is committed to the entire period of the placement.
  • Works according to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

We offer:

An upaid placement of up to four client contact hours per week over three terms.  Please note that we are not able to guarantee a fixed number of clients during the placement, even though we will refer clients to you on a regular basis.

In-house supervision once a fortnight for one hour.

The opportunity to participate in any in-house training events organised during the academic year, usually one or two per year.

In the first instance, you will be offered one term’s placement with us after an interview process.  Continuation beyond that point is subject to a review by the supervisor and Head of Service.  To enquire further or apply please email Sue Anderson, Deputy Head of Counselling for the application pack.

Trainee Counsellor Placements

We offer unpaid placements from October to June or January to December for counsellors who are still in training. The placements are for one day per week during academic term-time, with the option to continue seeing clients during university holidays subject to client availability. The placements are also available spread over two evenings or two half days a week. Trainee counsellors work mainly with undergraduate students with a range of presenting issues and severity. The work is chiefly short term (usually with a maximum of six sessions though there is some flexibility over this). This is a good opportunity to accumulate counselling hours in a professional setting, and will be of particular interest to trainee counsellors wishing to move into counselling in the Higher Education sector or who wish to develop skills in working with late adolescents/early adults.

We accept applications from trainee counsellors who meet the following criteria:

Currently on one of the following BACP/UKCP/BPS accredited counselling/psychotherapy/counselling psychology training courses:

    • On a 1 year full time or 2 year part time Diploma, having obtained a degree previously

    • On 2nd year of a 2 year full time or 3rd year of a 3 year part time Foundation degree (level 5), having obtained a degree previously
    • On 3rd year of BA (Hons) Counselling (also sometimes called Foundation Degree + top-up to BA (Hons)) (level 6)
    • On 2nd year of post-graduate diploma (level 6)
    • On counselling/psychotherapy/counselling psychology Masters course (level 7)

Works according to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

Has some previous experience of providing face to face counselling – a minimum of 50 hours

Is a member of BACP/UKCP/BPS

Has capacity to engage emotionally and intellectually with students in higher education in short-term work

Is willing to contract specifically around confidentiality

Is able to undertake computer data-entry, including online case notes, use CORE-net and other electronic systems for communication and room bookings

Prepared to work with difference e.g. sexuality and culture

We offer

  • An unpaid counselling placement subject to monitoring and review under a signed 3-way training agreement between you, your training organisation and us. We expect to develop a relationship with your course and receive information and a reference about your level of experience before arrival.
  • Up to four client contact hours per week over three terms.  Please note that we are not able to guarantee a fixed number of clients during the placement, even though we will refer clients to you on a regular basis. You will not be allocated clients with high clinical risk.
  • Assessment, as required by your training course, and an opportunity to review the placement from all 3 perspectives.
  • Induction to placement, then in-house counselling supervision with a BACP (not UKCP) accredited senior counsellor once a fortnight for one hour.
  • The opportunity to participate in any in-house training events organised during the academic year (usually one or two per year).

Please note that the 1st term of the placement is a probationary period and continuation of the placement is subject to review by the supervisor and Head of Service.

To apply or make further enquiries please contact Sue Anderson, Deputy Head of Counselling for the application pack.

Recruitment

Once shortlisted, candidates are invited for an interview with the Head of Service and an experienced counsellor. We use this process to provide information about the context of the placement and to ask about your experience of practice, training, short-term work and diversity. References, a clear DBS check and proof of eligibility to work in the UK are also required.

If successful, in the first instance you will be offered one term's placement with us.  Continuation beyond that point is subject to review.

If you have any queries please contact Sue Anderson, Deputy Head of the Counselling Service.