KCS ethos is to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people (CYP) helping to optimise their personal, social and academic success. Our counsellors work creatively and imaginatively in weekly one to one or group counselling sessions, using a range of integrated therapy models that are age appropriate, creative and inspirational. These include Person Centred, Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Counselling, Art Therapy and Play Therapy. 

There is an exciting new opportunity in Stowmarket Olive Alternative Provision Academy Suffolk (Central) for a fully qualified school counsellor (min. Diploma Level 4) to provide therapeutic support within this small school community. Olive Academy Suffolk provides alternative education opportunities for young people who have been unable to succeed or are struggling to engage in their current educational setting. In this rewarding role you will be working with pupils on a one-to-one basis to support their emotional and mental health needs and to help them to deal with the difficulties that they may be facing and to more effectively manage some of the emotional responses that are expressed via complex and challenging behaviours. You will work in partnership with school staff, particularly the Therapeutic Lead, who will facilitate appropriate referrals to and from the service. Occasionally you will be required to liaise with parents/carers, as well as social workers and CAMHS staff for onward referrals. You will integrate yourself in a liaison relationship with all staff. 

You would be working with pupils in KS4 (age 11 to 16) in the first instance, however the service may in future include KS2 7-11 year olds. There is scope for the right candidate to offer additional hours for staff training in well-being related topics. Responsibilities include following school procedures for safeguarding, helping the school to support those children who are suffering or likely to suffer harm. You would utilise outcome measures using standardised diagnostic tools. There may also be a volunteer counsellor in the school, with whom you’d have monthly peer supervision. 

N.B. The role is on a self-employed, sub-contracted basis, which requires you to hold Indemnity Insurance and pay for monthly specialist in-house clinical supervision. Initially for one day per week (6 x client or group hours) with a view to increasing as the service provision expands. 

The position is part time and will initially be for 1 day per week during term time, commencing autumn term 2019. There is potential to extend to two days. Remuneration is for 6 client or group hours @ £30 per hour. Administrative or liaison work is incorporated into this fee. You will invoice KCS for your services each half term. 

You will need to have a good understanding of mental health and a background of working with young people aged 11-16. In addition to a recognised qualification in counselling or psychotherapy you’ll need UKCP/BACP or other recognised professional body registration and indemnity insurance. 

Any offer of a contract is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check (DBS) and satisfactory references. 

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In addition, we offer volunteer placements in London, Kent, Essex and Suffolk for those in their 2nd year of counselling training wishing to gain experience with this client group. Use the KCS contact form on our website if you would like us to call you to discuss this role or other opportunities further: 

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