Recruitment process for Volunteer Counsellors
Counsellors in training who are interested in a placement with us can register their interest for our next recruitment day by sending their CV to the office.
Counsellors in training will need:
- To have completed a certificate or foundation year in counselling accredited by a professional body such as the BACP or UKCP.
- To complete our application form and return to us, together with copies of any certificates or diplomas they have already completed which relate to their counselling work
Successful applicants will be asked to: Attend our recruitment day and after the day some candidates will be invited to attend an interview. Provide satisfactory references before being offered a placement.
Benefits for Volunteers
- Fortnightly supervision in groups of no more than four with very experienced supervisors in line with BACP recommendations. We can arrange the client workload to suit students who are required to have supervision at college.
- Bi-annual CPD training Days.
- The opportunity to work in small teams ensuring safety and providing support.
- Counsellors’ meetings held quarterly providing support as well as an opportunity to feedback issues or queries to the service.
- The experience of working for an established, highly professional charity.
- The opportunity to accrue counselling, supervision and training hours that will count towards course requirements as well as BACP accreditation.
Counsellors pay £25 a month by Standing Order to subsidise supervision and administrative costs.
Counsellors are required to:
- To offer a maximum of three counselling sessions per week. Counsellors working in the evenings are sometimes requested to work in teams, which means even if you have just one client you are required to stay the for the three hour duration.
- Commit themselves to the service for a minimum period of eighteen months. giving two months’ notice of the intention to resign. Initially, all volunteers are offered a three-month probationary contract which will be extended after a successful probationary review. After this, placements will be reviewed annually.
- Operate according to the policies and procedures of The Counselling Partnership. This includes a commitment to working respectfully with individual difference in line with the agency’s policy on Equal Opportunities.
- Fulfil the administrative responsibilities delegated to them as regards procedures for note keeping, communication and the handling of funds.
- Participate in regular supervision sessions provided by The Counselling Partnership in addition to any other supervision arrangements they may have set up.
- Pay attention to their own personal development, including personal therapy, as detailed in the Person Specification.
- Participate in regular counsellor meetings which take place every two-three months.
Here are some comments made by former counsellors:
‘My journey started with the NSCCP and I believe that what I have become today is to a great extent thanks to the training and opportunities given to me by the Counselling Partnership’. (SK)
I felt very safe as a counsellor in training when I started with the NSCCP. I was able, alongside my clients, to grow and develop with them. I was supported in so many ways by the organisation. I valued group supervision and training days where I was able to share and learn with my fellow counsellors. There was fun, laughter and tears. A special combination. I shall never forget how much the NSCCP has given me. (KN)