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Specialist Practitioner (Counselling)

Enabling Services

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 Pro rata per annum
Part Time (0.6) Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 19 December 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 09 January 2020
Reference:  1213619EW

Enabling Services provide a wide variety of support for students who have disabilities, mental health conditions, wellbeing concerns, and/or specific learning difficulties. The University Counselling Service offers short-term counselling for students, working in partnership with a multi-disciplinary team providing a range of mental health and wellbeing support. 

We are looking for an innovative, qualified counsellor to join our team. You will have substantial and relevant experience of providing high-quality, short-term counselling. A supervision qualification is desirable but not essential.

You will have excellent communication skills, be a strong team player, and be confident at providing specialist counselling support and appropriate referral on when required. You will also be confident in the management of complex issues and working with clients who are at risk. The successful candidate will work in partnership with colleagues in Enabling Services, as well as across the wider University, and will liaise with other external services as required. 

In this role you will be expected to:

  • Provide 1:1 counselling support for students, as well as facilitate groups and workshops

  • Manage your own administration and diary, in line with service expectations

  • Work within the policies and procedures of the University Counselling Service and professional guidelines

  • Assess needs to provide appropriate support, as well as enable onward referrals and make recommendations for ongoing support when required

  • Contribute to University-wide projects using specialist knowledge making a particular contribution in your specialist area

  • Support and develop University staff by providing advice, guidance, and training

  • Manage a fluctuating, and often demanding, workload

  • Work independently as well as part of a team

This position is part-time 0.6FTE (21 hours per week). Candidates who are successful at application will be invited to a group assessment on the morning of 9th of January 2020, after which, further shortlisting will take place and those who successfully pass the assessment will be invited to interview in the afternoon of the same date.

Being able to work flexibly is a requirement of this role; Enabling Services operate a rota that operates from 8am –6pm across weekdays and occasional weekend working is required.

Please note that for this post, you will be recruited against our Specialist Practitioner job description, which is attached for full details. As a result, your contract and day-to-day job title will be as per this job description.

A satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service clearance at Enhanced level is also required.

Student Services is a diverse group of services and one of the largest Professional Services departments in the University; at the heart of what we do is a passion for enhancing our students' experiences.  If you would like to find out more, please visit our website at www.soton.ac.uk/studentservices 

If you would like more information, please email Natalie Cosgrove via Student Services at studserv@soton.ac.uk.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at www.jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1213619EW on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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