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Counsellor (part time, term time)

Job title Counsellor (part time, term time)

Department Student Services

Salary Starting from £35,333, rising to £42,155 (pro rata)

Grade Grade 7

Placed on Thursday 04 August 2022

Closing date Wednesday 17 August 2022

Interview date Wednesday 24 August 2022

Reference JS9707

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The University of Bath is seeking to recruit a Counsellor to join the team of highly qualified, experienced, and committed practitioners working in the university’s Therapeutic Service.

The role offers a great opportunity to work in an established, respected, and well-used service which is part of the pastoral and wellbeing network providing support to students at the university.

Our clinical team comprises of practitioners working from a range of theoretical orientations who provide free and confidential brief counselling interventions for students studying at the university and out on placement. Short term therapeutic groups and an annual programme of workshops are an integral part of service provision.

About you:

You must have completed a post-graduate level counselling qualification and hold current professional accreditation with one of the following bodies: BACP, UKCP, BABCP, BCP, or as a clinical or counselling psychologist with BPS. Please note these are essential requirements of the post.

You must also have demonstrable post-qualification experience of delivering time-limited interventions to clients experiencing a range of presenting difficulties as well as experience of delivering psycho-educational and clinical groups. Some experience of working with young people, preferably in Higher Education, would be an advantage.

It is vital that you can work with patience, tolerance and sensitivity, and maintain a non-judgemental approach when working with students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds that allow our staff group to reflect the community that we serve and would particularly welcome applications from BAME candidates.

Key responsibilities:

Offer counselling - mainly short term - to students studying at the University of Bath

To contribute to the delivery of the Groups and Workshops programme of the service and also deliver training to allied support/university staff as required.

Where required undertake extended assessments to assess risk and negotiate appropriate intervention and support.

To contribute fully to service development, working as part of a team.

To fulfil the administrative and record-keeping requirements of the service

About the role:

The post requires satisfactory completion of an enhanced DBS disclosure.

This is a permanent, part-time post (14.3 hours per week) term-time only.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Therapeutic Services manager Amanda James email a.m.james@bath.ac.uk, however please ensure that you submit your application through the University website.

Student Support Services comprises several teams: Wellbeing, Therapeutic services, Mental Health, Disability, Student Retention and Student Money Advice. Although this role is to provide therapeutic support for students, we work closely with other teams within the Department to ensure an integrated and holistic approach towards student care.

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

 - Relocation Procedure

 - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

 - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.