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Advice and Counselling Service

Placement scheme for counsellors

Thank you for your View outside the Canary Wharf underground stationinterest 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. 

Background information

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. 

Trainee Counsellor placement

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. 

You will need: 

  • to have successfully completed a basic counselling skills training, and at least the first year of a Diploma or Masters level counselling/psychotherapy course 
  • to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of key psychodynamic concepts and an ability to think psychodynamically (this applies to trainees from integrative courses as well as those from purely psychodynamic courses) 
  • to have experience of working 1:1 with people in a caring capacity 
  • to articulate what interests you about working specifically with students in a university around the emotional aspects of learning 
  • to be well organised, have good administrative and IT skills and able to work within systems and procedures of the service 
  • to commit to one working day, offering a minimum of 3 clinical hours per week during term time, plus time for admin and weekly supervision 
  • to be able to attend at least a proportion of clinical meetings which are held on Wednesdays 11.30am 

We will provide: 

  • mandatory induction training day on all aspects of the service 
  • regular clinical supervision – usually weekly for trainees 
  • feedback to your training provider as required to assess progress 
  • an opportunity to learn about all aspects of working within a specialist university-based service and how this differs from other settings or private practice 
  • an opportunity to gain experience of brief and medium-term work, with the opportunity for one longer term client if this is a requirement of your course 
  • an opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners from a variety of modalities through mentoring, supervision and clinical meetings 
  • a diverse range of clients who have been assessed by experienced counsellors, with the aim of providing you with 3-4 clinical hours per week 

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. 

Honorary Counsellor

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.  

You will need: 

  • to have successfully completed a Diploma or Masters level counselling/psychotherapy training and be working towards professional accreditation/registration
  • to have experience of working in an educational setting and/or be able articulate what interests you about working specifically with students in a university setting
  • to be well organised, have good administrative and IT skills and able to work within systems and procedures of the service
  • to be available to offer three to five clinical hours per week during term time, plus time for admin and supervision
  • to be able to attend at least a proportion of clinical meetings which are held on Wednesdays 11.30am
  • to manage your own caseload, and (with training provided) conduct your own assessments

We will provide: 

  • mandatory induction training day on all aspects of the service
  • regular clinical supervision – usually fortnightly for honorary posts
  • an opportunity to learn about all aspects, clinical and non-clinical, of working within a specialist university-based service and how this differs from other settings/private practice
  • an opportunity to gain experience of brief and medium-term clinical work
  • an opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners from a variety of modalities through mentoring, supervision and clinical meetings
  • a diverse range of clients who have been assessed by experienced counsellors, with the aim of providing you with 3-5 clinical hours per week

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.

Application process

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. 

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