Volunteer Placement Counsellor

Volunteer Role
20 Dec 2017
20 Mar 2018
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours, 10 to 20 hours
Long Term

•    To abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010) when working within the Dove Service.
•    To adhere to the policies and procedures of the Dove Service and the Code of Conduct for all members of The Dove Service.
•    To provide a minimum of three counselling hours per week, initially with adult clients.
•    To receive a minimum of two hours of supervision per month (i.e. two x one hour sessions per month).
•    To ensure all client case notes, assessments and any other documentation are completed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Dove Service.
•    To attend training sessions provided within the Dove Service and access independent CPD opportunities to enhance personal and professional development.
•    To carry out any other activity that may reasonably be requested by the Clinical Services Manager and/or the Chief Executive Officer, drawing on broader skills and knowledge.

Essential requirements:

•    Be confirmed as ‘fit to practice’ by Counselling Diploma course tutor prior to starting counselling.
•    Demonstrate understanding of confidentiality and ethical boundaries as defined by the BACP.
•    Demonstrate excellent communication skills.
•    Be flexible, energetic, enthusiastic, pro-active and self-motivated.
•    Be committed to continuous personal and professional development.
•    Be open to change and new challenges, adaptable, flexible in approach and working hours; prepared to explore new ways of working.
•    Be committed to the aims and values of TDS.

NOTE: An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be undertaken.

Desirable requirements:

•    Minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent.
•    A degree or equivalent. 
•    Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of contemporary bereavement theories and practice and earlier theories influencing the development of these (e.g. Attachment).
•    Be a current student member of the BACP.
•    Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team as well as independently.
•    Have a working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

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