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1) Lead Counsellors x 2

2) Counselling Practice Module Leader/Deputy Course Leader

3) Diploma Year 1 Seminar Tutor


Lead Counsellor Recruitment

The Gloucestershire Counselling Service is the major provider of counselling services in Gloucestershire and is seeking two qualified and experienced counsellors with proven management skills to fill the following new positions:

  • Lead Counsellor – Adult Time Limited services ( 21 hours £25,480 pro rata)
  • Lead Counsellor – Child, Family and Schools services (21 hours £25,480 pro rata)

The lead counsellors will be responsible for the management and development of specific services, holding a small caseload and working as part of a professional service wide team.

GCS can offer regular supervision and training opportunities together with a supportive team, a good working environment, 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays and  an additional week at Christmas plus contributory pension. For an informal discussion about these two key posts contact Peter Walker Head of Counselling on 01453 759798.  For further details including Job Description and person specification and an application form email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Closing date for applications is 12 noon June 6th. Interviews will be held on Wednesday June 15th.

GCS aims to be an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.’

Lead Counsellor Recruitment – Background

GCS is the major provider of counselling services in Gloucestershire providing over 10,000 counselling sessions each year, to children, families and adults including couples. Its counselling service is BACP accredited and it employs more than 50 counsellors and over 12 supervisors. GCS is also a major provider of counselling training with a range of courses from skills based training to an accredited Diploma in Counselling and CPD courses.

As part of a range of changes to improve the management of its services GCS has created three new lead counselling roles covering three distinct areas of its service provision.  They are:  Adult and Couples open ended counselling; the Children and Family Counselling Service and the Schools Counselling Service and Time Limited services which includes 12 week counselling for adults, Employee Welfare Service based on a five session model and a 12 week problem gambling counselling service.

Each of these service areas will be led by a Lead Counsellor who will report to the Head of Counselling.  They will be responsible for the management and development of the service and will also carry a limited client caseload specific to their area of work.

The service leads will have particular responsibility for the line management of all counsellors working in their area including a new team of part-time counsellors who will be recruited to provide the core of the service counselling team.  In addition the service lead will be responsible for managing a team of staff sessional counsellors who are all contracted to see a minimum number of clients.

In addition there is a bank of independent counsellors who provide the service with additional capacity and the day to day management of these arrangements will also be within the Lead Counsellor’s brief.

As a training organisation GCS provides placements within its service for trainees completing a Diploma training and the lead Counsellor will be responsible for liaising with the training department as appropriate should they have trainees on placement within their service.

The Head of Counselling is an established post filled by a counsellor and manager with a 15 year long connection with GCS.  The Lead Counsellor role for Adult and Couples Service has already been filled by the previous Clinical Manager who again has a long association with the service.

GCS is now recruiting to fill TWO of these Lead Counsellor Roles which are:

  • Lead Counsellor – Time Limited Services
  • Lead Counsellor – Children and Family Counselling Service and Schools Service.

Both posts are 21 hours per week and carry a salary of £25,480 p.a. pro rata.  GCS can offer regular supervision and training opportunities together with a supportive team, a good working environment, 25 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays and an additional week at Christmas plus contributory pension.

We are seeking to fill these roles with highly experienced and motivated individuals committed to managing high quality services and ensuring they are available to all those in need.  You will need to have a sound professional counselling training and experience of managing staff, together with the willingness to work as part of a team and to meet service improvement goals.

We can offer the opportunity to be part of a long established and highly respected service where you will be supported in your role through regular line management, clinical supervision and access to professional training and development.  We offer a good working environment with a number of satellite services and appropriate technological and administrative support.

You will also be part of a community of highly committed counsellors and professionals who provide a committed, concerned and caring approach to their work together within a learning environment.

For an informal discussion about the posts please contact Peter Walker Head of Counselling on 01453 759798.  To apply please email GCS on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a full  job application pack and complete the application form and return to GCS by 12 noon on Monday June 6 th.  Interviews will be held on Wednesday June 15 th

 

Counselling Practice Module Leader/Deputy Course Leader - Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

 

A vacancy has arisen for the post of Counselling Practice Module leader for our BPC-accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. In addition to taking overall responsibility for the Counselling Practice Module, the successful applicant will in time deputise for the Head of Training in the overall management of the Diploma course.

The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is an established work-based counselling training which GCS has provided for over 20 years.

The CPM Module Leader has an essential role in encouraging the growth of professional ethical psychodynamic practice in our trainees. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to shape the development of the next generation of psychodynamic counsellors and play a vital role in ensuring the continued success of the Diploma course.

Trainees are given a placement within our Counselling Service and, in conjunction with supervisors and the counselling management team, the CPM module leader will be responsible for overseeing these placements. The CPM module leader will also take responsibility for developing, managing, and delivering other aspects of the module, including an ongoing programme of seminars and skills workshops on professional practice.

The successful applicant will join an existing team of seminar tutors, supervisors and group facilitators who work with the Head of Training and Training Coordinator to deliver this established and well-regarded course. It is expected that, over time, the CPM Module Leader will deputise for the Head of Training in the overall management of the Diploma programme.

Applicants should be experienced and accredited counsellors and/or supervisors with teaching or training experience. A psychodynamic or psychoanalytical training and orientation is essential. Management or team leadership experience is desirable.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st May 2016.

The remuneration is £3,120 PA (FTE £21,840) Working hours are an average of 5hrs per week.

For an informal discussion, please contact Mike Keating (Head of Training) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01453 759798.

Applications are by application form. For an application form and job description please contact Rachael Fry, Training Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the address below, or call 01453 766310.

GCS; Alma House 52/53 High Street; Stroud GL5 1AP

Seminar Tutor - Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (Year 1)

 

A vacancy has arisen for the post of Seminar Tutor for our BPC-accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling which begins in September 2016. The vacancy is for the Year 1 group which meets on Tuesday afternoons in Stroud during the academic terms and begins in September 2016.

We are seeking a Seminar Tutor to teach our module ‘Theoretical Foundations of Psychodynamic Counselling’ to a group of Year 1 Diploma course students from September 2016. The Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a well-established work-based clinical training which GCS has provided for over 20 years leading to a professional qualification in psychodynamic counselling. The programme provides the clinical and theoretical elements of the training as a psychodynamic counsellor.

The role of the Seminar Tutor is to teach and assist trainees in the development of psychodynamic counselling skills and their understanding of psychodynamic theory and its application to work with clients. There is an established programme for this module.

The successful applicant will join an existing team of seminar tutors, supervisors and group facilitators who work with the Head of Training and Training Coordinator to deliver this established and well-regarded course.

Applicants should be experienced and qualified counsellors with teaching or training experience. A psychodynamic or psychoanalytical training and orientation is essential. As our Diploma is accredited by BPC, BPC registration or a commitment to achieve it is preferred.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 31st May 2016.

The seminars are held at our premises in Stroud on Tuesdays from 1.00pm to 2.30pm. The remuneration is £1805 PA.

For an informal discussion, please contact Mike Keating (Head of Training) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on 01453 759798.

Applications are by application form. For an application form and job description please contact Rachael Fry, Training Coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the address below, or call 01453 766310.

GCS, Alma House 52/53 High Street, Stroud GL5 1AP

 

Child and Family Counsellors

We are experiencing increasing demand for our counselling in our Child and Family Service and as a result, we are looking to increase the number of experienced counsellors working within this service.

The applicant should have a minimum of one year’s experience post qualifying, and hold BACP Accreditation.

CHILD & FAMILY COUNSELLING SERVICE: slots in Gloucester (Eastgate House) and Cheltenham late afternoon/evening.

SUPERVISION: Provided in Stroud on a weekly basis, Monday 9 a.m.

For an informal discussion about the posts please contact Peter Walker Head of Counselling on 01453 759798.  To apply please email GCS on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with a covering letter and CV.

Payments for counselling reflect the ‘charitable’ element of the work, but do include: high quality clinical supervision, use of a room, Professional Indemnity Insurance and regular client work. Payment also includes a holiday entitlement based on that of a full time employee.

Working in GCS does have advantages of collegiality and support, plus regular client work where the agency carries clinical responsibility. There is also an opportunity for involvement and other paid work in areas of GCS such as, in training, time-limited contract work or posts of responsibility.

 

 
BACP
British Psychoanalytic Council

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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