Shoreditch, Greater London
£26,000 - £29,500 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description



Post Title                               Addiction Counsellor

Salary                                Grade 5 - £26,000 - £29,500

Hours                                     37.5 hours a week.

                                                2 x Part-time job shares would also be considered for suitable candidates.

Responsible to                      Therapeutic & Primary Programme Manager

Purpose of Post

Support service users to achieve sustained abstinent recovery from problematic substance use.  To facilitate group therapy sessions and hold one-one support sessions with our clients.  To ensure the residents in SCT’s accommodation are secure and maintain their tenancy as part of the therapeutic practice.

Location - Spitalfields Crypt Trust, The Recovery Hub, 116 - 118 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JN

Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT)

Spitalfields Crypt Trust (SCT) is an East London charity providing practical help, support and training to people who have been homeless and suffering from addiction. It runs a homeless drop-in, supported houses, a Recovery Hub which is abstinence based centre comprising of Day Programme and an Aftercare Programme and two social enterprises supporting people in recovery from addictions to put their lives back together.

Set up over 50 years ago, the charity was one of the first in the UK to provide shelter to homeless, alcoholic men.

In employment we actively seek to recruit people with a good combination of talent, skills and potential, promoting equality for all, and welcome applications from a wide range of candidates.  We select all candidates for interview based on their skills, qualifications, experience and commitment to the values and purposes of the organisation.  (Sources - Equal Opportunities Policy 2.2 (i) and (v)).

The Spitalfields Crypt Trust is a growing organisation with opportunities for people with good motivational skills and high levels of initiative.

The Role

You will facilitate and co-facilitate group sessions including relapse prevention, psycho education, and 12 step and process groups. You will also manage a small case load of clients from the programme offering regular one to one interventions.

The role will require you to participate in regular team meetings with colleagues within our supported housing team. You will also be required to liaise with external agencies and work creatively to provide the most appropriate treatment plans for clients with complex needs.

You will also be required to facilitate up to two evening aftercare groups per month.


  • Undertake assessment of individuals entering the service through various referral sources.
  • Develop, facilitate and review a group work programme which meets the needs our clients. These might include dual diagnosis, trauma, cross addiction, criminal justice issues and various types of substance use.
  • Provide a holistic package of care to individuals which meets their needs and includes working with colleagues in our other departments to help them with diversionary activities, employment, training and education.
  • Work with the Supported Housing team to ensure people are safe, secure and maintain their tenancy - and are ready to move on to independent living.
  • Provide a range of one to one interventions that might include MI, Person Centred Care, CBT, DBT and Trauma work.
  • Manage a case load of individuals with a wide spectrum of needs.
  • Assist individuals to understand the effects and benefits of any medication prescribed for them and the importance of complying with their treatment regime. This might include liaison with pharmacists, Doctors ad Psychiatrists for monitoring purposes.
  • Provide psycho education to raise awareness and understanding of substances and their effects.
  • Provide onward referral and liaison with wrap around support within SCT to enable our service users to achieve social integration and personal development.

Client Management

  • To coordinate and carry out assessment of new clients and the referral and acceptance process, ensuring that each client has a programme appropriate to his/her particular needs.
  • Conduct joint 3,6 and 9 month reviews with colleagues from supported housing.
  • To provide group and individual counselling as required by the project.

Operational Support:

  • Comply with all monitoring and evaluation information as required.

General Responsibilities

  • Engage and inspire people in recovery.
  • To ensure a safe and secure environment for clients, free, in particular, from alcohol and drugs, and from abusive behaviour and exploitation.
  • Ensure that all SCT activities are carried out with due regard to health & safety legislation, SCT policy and good practice. 
  • Work within the policies and procedures of SCT.
  • Implement the Equal Opportunities Policy, understanding its implication in the development of services to clients.
  • Attend regular supervision sessions.
  • Attend meetings within and on behalf of SCT as appropriate.
  • Undertake other tasks consistent with the post or as delegated by your line manager.

Strategic Excellence

  • Be an effective role model, with the ability to inspire and motivate others.
  • Work collaboratively with Recovery Hub team.
  • To ensure you are kept up to date with developments within the sector, thus enhancing  your knowledge and practice
  • To capture the outcomes of primary programme with all monitoring and evaluation methods that are required by your line manager, in order to capture the impact of SCT work, whilst ensuring the voice of SCT clients are heard.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Educated to degree level in recovery, addiction, counselling or social work studies
  • 2 years’ experience of therapeutic work with people in recovery.
  • 2 years’ experience of one to one counselling.
  • A solid working understanding of 12 step facilitation, CBT, MI, Relapse Prevention techniques and other interventions applicable to working with people in recovery.
  • Experience of delivering group work.
  • Experience of delivering therapeutic group work within a 12-step and non 12 step context.
  • Experience of encouraging individuals to reflect on their behaviour (consequences and risks), recognise the benefits and potential for change and providing support and encouragement to help individuals achieve change positively within an abstinent community.
  • When necessary the ability to challenge people and ensure healthy psycho-social boundaries are observed.
  • Assisting individuals to identify their requirements and priorities. Identify explore and assess a range of options for our service users and select and agree on an appropriate course of action.
  • Using effective support systems and networks to develop own knowledge and practice.
  • Principles of confidentiality of information.
  • The ability to understand and work with other people’s points of view, values and beliefs.
  • The ability to change working techniques based on new information or evidence.
  • Able to encourage others to express their views, feelings and wishes.
  • Uses and follows known procedures to identify and solve problems.
  • Confidently contributes to debate within the staff team.
  • Promotes SCT by their own standards of conduct.
  • Adopts an active role within the team.
  • Encourages, values and respects contributions from other team members
  • Good Written and Oral communication skills
  • Good IT skills.
  • Able to work within an organisation that holds Christian ideals of forgiveness, grace and love for the individual at its heart.


  • A MSc in Addiction or Counselling studies
  • Knowledge of local services and geography.
  • Knowledge of homelessness sector, social housing and the benefits system.
  • Experience of working in a pluralistic recovery environment.
  • Experience of working with homeless people and people with complex needs.

This Job Description should be read in conjunction with SCT’s Mission, Vision and Ethos Statement.


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Refreshed on: 06 December 2019
Closed date: 27 December 2019
Job ref: SCT_AC_2019
Tags: Social Care/Development, Practitioner

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