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Advice and Counselling Service

PLACEMENT SCHEME

Queen Mary, University of London, Advice and Counselling Service is located in London’s vibrant East End. The University has approximatiely 21,000 students and 4,000 staff. Our team of welfare advisers offer advice on a range of practical issues including immigration, financial issues and welfare rights.

The counselling team is comprised of a counselling manager, a deputy counselling manager, 5 psychodynamic counsellors, 2 CBT-trained therapists, a group therapist and 2 consultant psychiatrists. The placement is based within the counselling team but you will be expected to work closely with welfare advisers to offer a comprehensive service to students. We deliver approx. 3200 individual appointments to around 800 students seeking counselling each year for help with a wide range of issues.

Counsellors offer mostly brief, focussed dynamic counselling, with a very small proportion of our clients being offered longer term counselling. We also run on-going psychoanalytic groups, workshops for students on specific issues 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 University 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. We normally have 4 placements counsellors at any one time and these are a mix of trainees and honoraries.

Trainee Counsellor Placement

These positions will be for those who are currently studying on a formal training course, who are seeking a placement as part of their course and who are interested in finding out about and experiencing counselling in a Higher Education setting.

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 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 have experience of working in an educational setting and/or be able 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 be available to offer a minimum of 3 clinical hours per week during term time, plus time for admin and supervision
  • to be able to attend at least as proportion of counsellor’s meetings which are on Wednesday lunchtimes

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, medium and intermittent 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 placement for an academic year and will expect that you are also able to make the same commitment.

Honorary Counsellor

Honorary Counsellor positions are open to those who have completed their training and who wish to gain specialist experience and skills to equip them for seeking paid empoyment in the University sector

You will need:-

  • to have successfully completed a diploma or Masters level counselling 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 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 be available to offer 3-5 clinical hours per week during term time, plus time for admin and supervision
  • to be able to attend at least a proportion of counsellor’s meetings which are on Wednesday lunchtimes

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 or private practice
  • an opportunity to gain experience of brief, medium and intermittent 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 placement for an academic year and will expect that you are also able to make the same commitment.

Application process

Complete an application form [DOC 51KB] and return it to welfare@qmul.ac.uk by 17th April. We will contact you at the beginning of May if you have been shortlisted. Interviews will be held on the weeks beginning the 11th and 18th of May. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, faith, religion, disability and age but, as ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our service, we would encourage applications from members of these groups. If you have any further questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact us.

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