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Posted on 09 January 2014
Closed 08 February 2014
Job DescriptionSolace Women’s Aid
London Councils Pan-London Counselling service is looking for qualified or nearly qualified counsellors or psychotherapists to provide specialist counselling to women who have experienced domestic abuse/violence.
You will need to have completed at least 250 supervised client hours
For more information on the service please visit www.solacewomensaid.org
Aims and Objectives of the Counselling Service
To provide a Specialist Therapeutic Counselling Service to women who have been affected by domestic and/or sexual abuse – including childhood sexual abuse.
To work in a predominantly person centred way in order to empower women to regain control over their own lives.
To create a safe confidential space for women to work through any difficulties they may be experiencing.
To provide a positive, non judgemental service that is client led.
Essential Requirements for Volunteer Counsellors
A good understanding and sensitivity around the issues faced by women who are living with, fleeing from, or recovering from domestic violence and/or sexual violence. We often work with complex difficulties including mental health problems and substance misuse.
To be either in the final year of a recognised counselling diploma (or equivalent) or be qualified to diploma level. This is not a suitable first placement – ideally you should have completed about 250 client hours previously.
To have an understanding of person centred working and be able apply the core conditions to this client group.
To have flexibility in terms of times you are available. You need to be available to see the minimum of 3 clients per week usually during school hours (sometimes later) and take responsibility to manage your own caseload. Additionally, you must be able to commit to attending supervision every 2 weeks during the day.
To be able to comply with SWA’s policies regarding confidentiality and general conditions of service and implement and uphold SWA’s policy on child protection.
An awareness of the needs of women from a range of cultures, class backgrounds, sexuality and religious beliefs.
Conditions of Service for Counselling Volunteers
You are required to comply with all our policies and procedures including Health and Safety at Work Legislation, Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality and Boundaries.
We provide training for volunteers, which consist of an initial induction programme which tells you about our organisation.
You can also attend SWA’s own on-going training programme where it is relevant to your role.
All counselling volunteers will have fortnightly supervision with their supervisor. This will provide an opportunity for both the volunteer and supervisor to discuss their progress and any issues that need addressing. Counselling supervision is a mixture of both individual and group.
You will be paid volunteer’s expenses, which covers your (public transport) travel and lunch if you are working 4 hours or more over the lunch period to a maximum of £3.50.
A Criminal Record Disclosure will be requested from all volunteers who work directly with clients.
Insurance: You are covered by our insurance, in terms of liability.
If you meet the requirements please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to request an application form.
TPP is committed to equal opportunities and actively encourages applications from all sectors of the community. We shortlist based on competencies and not on race, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.
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