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Lead Practitioner (Counselling)

Student Wellbeing

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 08 December 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2057922AJ

Are you interested in making a real difference to the lives of young adults; supporting them to be well, happy and thrive at University? 

We are looking for a Specialist Lead Practitioner in Counselling to join our supportive and friendly counselling team and to provide guidance to the Student Wellbeing multi-disciplinary team and wider University student support network on complex student cases. Developing new initiatives based on HE and sector best practice.  


The role  

Student Wellbeing exists to support the emotional wellbeing of our students throughout their studies enabling them to make the most of their time at University and develop healthy habits to last a lifetime.  

Counselling is one of the specialist support services within the Student Wellbeing Team, part of Student and Education Services. The Student Wellbeing service also offers 24/7/365 open door wellbeing chats, outreach activities across the campus and specialist support for trauma, sexual violence and harassment. We are fortunate to have a dedicated Wellbeing Centre for the delivery of therapeutic practices and group workshops.  

The main duties of the role include:  

  • Line management of Specialist Practitioners (Counselling) 
  • Hold a small case load of complex student cases (providing individual one to one confidential counselling sessions) 
  • Carry out assessments with students to assess the complexity of presenting issues and agree a plan of support for the student  
  • Work proactively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to risk management processes, joint projects and proactive service delivery initiatives.   
  • Analysis of appropriate service data and management information to monitor, evaluate and continuously enhance the Service 
  • Liaison, networking and engagement with internal and external stakeholders  
  • Develop and deliver presentations and workshops to students and student facing staff groups 
  • Liaise with external agencies, professional bodies and the HE academic research community to ensure up to date specialist knowledge and maintain awareness of best practice in the HE sector. 

 

The Lead Practitioner (Counselling) will work closely with counterparts in the multi-disciplinary team as well as key contacts in Student Disability and Inclusion and across our five academic faculties.  

The working hours for this role can be flexible (between 21-35 hours per week) and we will be happy to discuss any suggested working patterns. This is a hybrid role (nominally 60/40). Hybrid working combines remote and campus-based work.  

 

About you 

We are looking for an enthusiastic, open minded and creative professional to help guide our experienced, passionate and hardworking team; someone who can offer a flexible approach with excellent planning, communication and organisational skills. You should have a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Individual Counsellor Accreditation and Membership / UKCP Registration or an equivalent body. An understanding of working within a Higher Education setting would be beneficial but is not essential, however, a passion for supporting young adults at a pivotal time in their lives is essential.  A qualification in Counselling Supervision is desirable.  

 

What we can offer you  

As a university we aim to create an inclusive environment that attracts, supports and retains the best students and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences from across the world.  We are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity.  

We actively encourage applicants seeking flexible working/job share employment to accommodate caring/volunteering/educational commitments. As well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as a generous holiday allowance (44 days including Bank holidays and University closure days). We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts.   


*A standard DBS check is required for this role. 


Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Janice Poon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk  Please quote reference 2057922AJ on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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