Location: Subwize Young People's Service in Barking and Dagenham

Days: 1 day per week 

How you can help

As a Volunteer Counsellor, you will support the delivery of a wide range of interventions for service users. Will include:

  • See a minimum of 3 clients and a maximum of 6 clients per week (1 day).
  • Keep accurate records of work in line with WDP expectations and feedback any issues to their line manager/supervisor and key workers
  • Attend ongoing WDP training (e-learning and face to face) in discussion with your clinical supervisor
  • Attend fortnightly clinical supervision
  • Adhere to all WDP policies and procedures

In addition to the above you will be invited to participate in meetings, where relevant, and to carry out other tasks as deemed necessary to support the needs of the counselling service.

The role would be ideal for someone looking to develop their therapeutic experience in the drug and alcohol field and accrue some counselling hours towards your future accreditation with BPS, BACK, UKCP.

What skills do I need?

We are seeking Volunteer Counsellors to work with young people aged under 18. We are specifically looking for people who have a passion for working with young people, have experience of working with young people, and who have an understanding of the characteristics of a therapeutic relationship with young people.

A positive attitude and the desire to learn are essential, as is a non-judgemental and supportive approach to people who are facing problems with drugs and alcohol.

To ensure good practice standards and to maximise the safety of both the therapists and the clients at WDP we require all students to confirm and adhere to the following

  • Trainees are in their final year of an undergraduate degree or equivalent or are at a postgraduate level. Alternatively, students should be in their third year of a Diploma, BSC, or MSC in counselling or psychotherapy training.
  • If students are not in the third year of their Diploma, BSC, or MSC in counselling or psychotherapy training, trainees need to be in their second year (at least) but have undertaken (or be prepared to undertake prior to seeing clients) significant and appropriate training.
  • Trainees are expected to be a member of one of the therapeutic governing bodies BACP, UKCP or BPS.
  • Trainees may need to have conducted a minimum number of counselling hours
  • Trainees are working or intend to work towards accreditation
  • Previous details of supervisor and present college tutor information should be sent to WDP and agree that WDP can ask supervisor and tutor from references.

Interested?

We look forward to hearing from you!

Please note: we ask that volunteers try to commit for a six-month period where possible.