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1) Course Manager

2) GP Practice Counsellor in Newent

3) Board of Trustee's Vacancies


1) Course Manager

The Gloucestershire Counselling Service is a major provider of counselling and therapeutic training services and we are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic course manager to join our training team.

We currently offer Introductory and Foundation Courses in Counselling and Listening Skills, a three-year BPC accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and a Post-Graduate programme for experienced counsellors, helping 100+ people each year develop their potential as counsellors and therapists. We also run a large programme of Professional Development workshops and short courses for qualified and practicing therapists.

We are now expanding our training portfolio to include courses in working with Children, Young People and Families, and developing bespoke programmes for organisations and schools who wish to help their staff develop their listening and counselling skills.

The course manager will take responsibility for developing and managing one, or more of our therapeutic training portfolios. They will be responsible for marketing, course development, line management of staff, ensuring teaching standards and accreditation; and all of the different activities which contribute to an excellence in training provision.

The role will suit a dynamic and self-motivated individual who has a genuine interest in counselling and therapy, and who is passionate about helping our trainees reach their full potential. Some experience of HE/FE is desirable, as is a working knowledge of the counselling profession.

The post is 18 hours per week and is based at our Stroud office, although travel to other locations in Gloucestershire will be required. The salary is £21480 (18 hours pro-rata £11232)

GCS can offer regular supervision and training opportunities together with a supportive team, good working environment and 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays. For an informal discussion about this position, please contact Mike Keating (Head of Training) on 01453 766310.

For further details - including Job Description, Person Specification and Application Form, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The closing date for applications is 12 noon on February 10th 2017. Interviews will be held during the week of February 20th 2017.

GCS aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welomes applications from all sections of the community. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to its offices.

2) GP Practice Counsellor, Holts Health Centre, Newent

GCS has a contract with the Holts Health Centre in Newent for the provision of counselling for their patients. This is provided at present by 3 counsellors each attending the Health Centre for an afternoon per week. Following the departure of one of the team a vacancy has arisen at the Health Centre for a counsellor to provide counselling to the patients registered at the surgery. This is interesting and varied work and would suit a counsellor who has experience and confidence in working with a wide variety of presenting problems, for example:

v Relationship issues (marital, separation / divorce, parental)

v Loss, bereavement, redundancy

v Sexual difficulties

v Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)

v Depression

v Anxiety & panic attacks

v Lack of self confidence

v Communication breakdown

It is expected the counsellor will be diploma qualified and ideally accredited and have experience of time-limited work and a focused approach. The counsellor will provide 4 sessions per week over 42 weeks per year and would receive regular supervision with other members of the team (currently Monday pm). Remuneration is £20 per session.

The post will be vacant from February and it is hoped we can appoint a counsellor to start as early as possible. To speak informally about this opportunity please contact Denise Kilgannon, Lead Counsellor on 01453 766310 ext. 214. Applications (CV and letter of application) to the Head of Counselling at GCS Alma House, 52/53 High Street, Stroud, GL5 1AP or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Closing date for applications February 3 rd.

GCS aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to its offices.

3)  Board of Trustee’s Vacancies

GCS is a Gloucestershire-based charity that provides professional counselling and training in counselling skills to the communities of Gloucestershire. Founded in 1980, we have built a strong reputation for delivering high quality clinical work that provides vital support to people through counselling, be they individual adults, couples, children and young people or in the work place, school or GP environment. We are also a training organisation and each year train over 200 candidates from introductory through to post graduate level counselling and listening skills qualifications. In addition to this, we also offer a varied programme of continuous professional development opportunities and workshops in counselling and mental health related issues.

You will be joining us at a hugely exciting time as our new strategy is underway. Your guidance and insight will help us lead and influence the future direction of the mental health and counselling service provision across Gloucestershire.

We are looking for two Trustees who are as committed as we are about the provision of professional counselling services and the development of the mental health workforce to support such services in Gloucestershire. To enhance our Board and continue to develop our governance these individuals will have a breadth of key skills/experience including; a senior background in the health service (especially public health); child and/or adult safeguarding; communications and marketing or fundraising oversight and expertise.

We welcome all candidates with these skills and with some experience of working on mental health related issues or a genuine interest in this area. Joining a high functioning and effective board, you will bring a vital perspective and provide insights to the Chief Executive, also ensuring that the Senior Leadership Team is held to account for delivering the strategy. This is an excellent opportunity to shape the long term vision of Gloucestershire Counselling Service, at the start of the new three-year vision.

If you have an hour a month (on average 6 meetings a year) of time free, to give to developing a well-established and highly regarded charity in Gloucestershire and are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email your CV and a covering letter to the Chief Executive, Emma Griffiths This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it who would be happy to meet to discuss this opportunity further. Trustee roles are not salaried but we do pay travel expenses incurred.

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GCS specialises in providing counselling and training of counsellors to professional standards. GCS was established in 1980 and has over 60 counsellors offering high quality affordable, counselling to the community of Gloucestershire in venues across the county including Stroud, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. All our counsellors are supervised and managed within GCS and work within the BACP ethical framework. Some of our counsellors are counsellors in training; they work to the same standards as our qualified counsellors.

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