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Lead Specialist Practitioner Counselling

Enabling Services

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 02 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1391021EW

We are currently seeking to recruit a Full time Lead counsellor Practitioner to oversee our supportive and friendly counselling team. Our team is under-represented in terms of staff from BAME backgrounds, LGBT+ identities, and with disabilities. Southampton University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supporting the gender equality. We welcome applications from all sections of the community to increase diversity in our workforce.

The counselling service is one of the teams within Student Services at the University. Services offered by Student Services range from an Early Years Centre providing a childcare facility for children up to the age of 5 to our 24/7 wellbeing support provision for students, as well as some of the biggest and best leisure facilities in the area.

Main duties include:

  • Lead and oversee the core Counselling team, offering supervision and guidance as required.
  • Work closely with the counselling manager to ensure that the service continues to provide an excellent student experience.
  • Contribute the management processes of those student cases that present as concern.
  • You will be required to manage a case load by providing individual one to one confidential counselling sessions working within a short-term model, to students with psychological and emotional challenges.
  • You will be proficient using IT to conduct remote online video appointments to meet the students’ needs and use data management systems to manage your caseload of students.
  • Offer a flexible approach with excellent planning, communication and organisational skills and be willing to take an active role in the development of the service.
  • Oversee and pan the volunteer scheme and provide supervision as required.
  • Bring your knowledge of best counselling practice and be capable of working in a complex and challenging environment. Applicants must have British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Individual Counsellor Accreditation and Membership / UKCP Registration or equivalent body.

This post is offered on a full-time, permanent basis. An enhanced DBS check is required for this role.

Successful candidates must have a relevant degree or be able to demonstrate an equivalent skill level and/or hold a relevant specialist qualification. An understanding of working within a Higher Education setting would be beneficial. Please apply online through

To find out more about the work of Student Services please visit our website

Please note, being able to work flexibly is a requirement of this role; you will work both virtually and in a large open plan office and you will be part of a rota that operates from 8am –8pm across weekdays.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1391021EW 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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