Student counselling

Volunteer Associate Counsellor Work Experience placements for counsellors in training.

Applications for Associate Work Experience Placements for the 2017-2018 academic year will be accepted from 3 April until 30 April 2017.

Each year we offer a number of high quality and sought after counselling work experience placements for counsellors in training, designed to give you an opportunity to undertake unpaid work with the University.

What we offer

Successful applicants are offered a placement that can last for up to, but not more than, three years subject to regular review. You will follow a structured programme that supports you in developing a range of counselling and employment skills and experience. You will typically see three clients, working four hours either one morning or one afternoon per week.

Our placements emphasise a learning experience that reflects a wide range of activities and duties found in real work environments, including

  • The opportunity to contribute in a professional counselling, health and wellbeing environment
  • A modern, innovative working environment
  • A diverse experience to enhance your employment skills
  • Extensive, professional support throughout the period of placement
  • Fortnightly in-house supervision (provided free of charge) with a BACP accredited counsellor, in line with BACP recommendations
  • A commitment to support your development as a skilled counsellor with CPD opportunities and training in the Cardiff Model and Wellbeing approaches

If you are a current Cardiff University student or member of staff, due to potential boundary issues, and in line with the BACP Ethical Framework, you are not eligible for application. However, students completing the Cardiff University Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies are eligible to apply.

The Work Experience Placement Programme

The Student Counselling and Wellbeing service centres around ‘The Cardiff Model’, providing brief, solutions-focussed therapy for students presenting with a diverse range of issues such as relationships, anxiety, abuse and self-harm.

With the increase of internationalisation, students seeking support present from an increasing variety of backgrounds and ethnic origins and the service is active in its response to issues surrounding Diversity.

First year: You will be assisted in developing your core counselling skills, moving on to acquire experience and competencies in brief therapy in the second year.

Second year: As the work experience placement progresses, you will be trained and offered the opportunity to work with the Cardiff Model and able to offer one and half hour therapeutic consultation appointments.

Third year: Your employability and work skills will be further enhanced with the chance to learn and utilise key proficiencies working within a Wellbeing model of client support.

In addition, you will be supported to develop your Employability, through the opportunity to develop, produce and facilitate a psycho-educational workshop alongside the wellbeing team.

Eligibility

Associate Work Experience Placements will normally be in the Diploma Year of counselling training.

We only accept applications from students studying on courses accredited by:

  • The British Association for Counselling and Physiotherapy (BACP)
  • The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

If you are uncertain if your course is accredited by either of these organisations please check with your training organisation or check with the BACP or BABCP by selecting the link to their websites.

Successful candidates must be available to attend both days of a two day Induction Programme on 7 and 8 September 2017.

Places are offered conditionally, pending a successful DBS check and the receipt of references.

How to apply

Please complete our online application form. The deadline for submission is 30 April 2017 and applications will not be processed until after the deadline. We will acknowledge your application and then contact you again in May to let you know if you have been shortlisted for interview.  Interviews will be held in June.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email Susan Cousins, Placement Coordinator or Lesley Copp, Placement Administrator