Title of Post: School Counsellor
Start Dates: Immediate
Salary: Scale 8
Hylands School is pleased to offer a one-day-per-week opportunity for an in-school counsellor, qualified to work with young people aged 11-19, alongside the school’s excellent Pastoral Support Team.
To deliver a therapeutic service to the pupils at the school.
- To offer pupils individual counselling following relevant ethical guidelines (e.g. BACP, UKCP) and responsibilities as well as working within school policies and practices
- Administrating the school therapy service and following protocols in place
- To liaise with school staff in particular pastoral leaders, the safeguarding team and teaching staff
- To work collaboratively with members of the Wellbeing and Pastoral team, regularly liaising on cases
- To keep suitable case records on CPOMS, communicating with school staff regarding cases as appropriate
- To observe safeguarding procedures in adherence with the school’s policies and practices
- To be mindful of the needs of the whole school and flexible in delivering a therapeutic service
- To work with a diverse range of issues including bereavement and loss, transition, self-harm, depression and anxiety, early developmental trauma, attachment disorders, abuse of any kind
- To provide supervision and support to trainee counsellors (desirable)
- To provide family support, using therapeutic therapies as appropriate
- To provide input into stakeholder training to raise awareness of Mental Health and share strategies that can be used to support vulnerable young people
- To provide information on the counselling/therapy service, the role of the counsellor/therapist and the boundaries of confidentiality to pupils, staff and parents
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- Qualification/certificate in counselling
- Further therapeutic training, experience or qualification in working with children and young people
- An awareness of the range of needs of people from diverse ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds
- Child Protection knowledge and awareness
- Minimum of 2 year’s proven experience of working with children and young people
- Experience of working in a school
- Experience of working with families
Skills and Abilities
- Good written and verbal communication and organisational skills
- Ability to work independently, manage own caseload and use initiative
- Ability to work under pressure
- The emotional resilience to encounter high risk cases
- Flexibility to work systemically within an established organisation
- Ability to work with change
- Positive communication and listening skills
- Self-awareness as a practitioner
School Values & Ethos
- To play a full part in the life of the school community, to support its distinctive mission and ethos and where applicable encourage and ensure staff and students to follow this example.
- Comply with the school’s health and safety policy and undertake risk assessments as appropriate.
The school is committed to equality of opportunity. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of any protected characteristic for example race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit. This includes applications from individuals wishing to work full time, part-time or on a flexible basis.