Thank you for your interest in our placement scheme. To find out more about our team and the opportunities available, take a look at the information below.
Please note: we have now completed recruitment for the 2022-23 academic year. We will be opening applications again in spring 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year.
The Advice and Counselling Service at Queen Mary is located in London’s vibrant East End. The University has approximately 31,000 students and 4,500 staff.
The Counselling Team comprises a Counselling Manager, two Senior Counsellors and 11 counsellors (including psychodynamic, integrative, person-centred and CBT therapists), a group therapist and two consultant psychiatrists. We deliver approximately 3,200 individual appointments to around 800 students seeking counselling each year, for help with a wide range of issues.
The placement is based within the Counselling Team but you will be expected to work closely with our Welfare Advisers to offer a comprehensive service to students. Welfare Advisers offer advice on a range of practical issues including immigration, financial issues and welfare rights.
Counsellors offer mostly brief, focused dynamic counselling, with a very small proportion of our clients being offered longer term counselling. We also run therapy groups and offer workshops for students on topics such as self-confidence, sleep and study difficulties, as well as training and consultation to support staff in their pastoral role with students.
Queen Mary’s placement scheme is highly regarded in the sector and a high proportion of those completing a placement within our service are successful in gaining paid work in the sector.
We offer training placements for those currently studying on a formal counselling/psychotherapy training course, who are seeking a placement as part of their course, and keen to gain experience working with a student population within Higher Education.
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We will make a commitment to the placement for an academic year and will expect that you are also able to make the same commitment.
We offer Honorary Counsellor positions to those who have completed their training and wish to gain specialist experience and skills to equip them for work within the Higher Education sector.
We will make a commitment to the Honorary placement for an academic year and will expect that you are also able to make the same commitment.
When applications open again in spring 2023 for the 2023-24 academic year, we will ask you to complete an application form that will be uploaded here for you to access.
We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith, religion, disability and age. We particularly welcome applications from under-represented (BAME) groups. If you have any further questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us.