Volunteer Associate Counsellor work experience placements for counsellors in training.
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 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
- regular supervision in line with British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) requirements
- 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, solution-focussed therapy for students presenting with a diverse range of issues such as relationships, depression, anxiety, loss, 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, in line with the modality of your course; working with clients for up to ten sessions face-to-face at the Centre for Student Life, on Park Place.
Second year: As the work experience placement progresses, you will be trained and given the opportunity to work within the Cardiff Model; working with clients for up to four sessions, and conducting one and half hour therapeutic consultation appointments. We currently plan to have second year associates working remotely, to provide working online experience, and also to accommodate the new intake of first year associates.
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.
Associate work experience placements will normally be in the diploma year, or the second year of undergraduate, counselling training.
We only accept applications from students studying on courses accredited by:
- The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (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 12th and 13th September 2022 (to be confirmed).
Places are offered conditionally, pending a successful DBS check and the receipt of references.
If you have any questions, please email Eleanor Brown, Placement Co-ordinator: BrownE@cardiff.ac.uk.