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The University of Kent Counselling team is looking for a Counsellor/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist to provide short term confidential counselling to students experiencing mental health difficulties or emotional distress, in order to support retention, academic achievement and progression. Ideally, you will draw upon a range of therapeutic modalities such as integrative counselling,  cognitive behavioural therapy, and brief solution focused therapy in this role.

We are looking for Counsellors who can demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, with appropriate communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a wide variety of issues. You will have experience of working with young people from diverse backgrounds and you will be required to have full accreditation with an appropriate professional body.

In order to ensure the counselling team is representative of the student body at Kent, we strongly encourage applications from people with lived experience or working knowledge of the issues and challenges faced by people from the Black and Asian community.

As Counsellor you will:

  • provide a confidential counselling service to students via a range of interventions including assessment, individual counselling sessions, group sessions, workshops and self-help
  • keep accurate, systematic records of counselling sessions and work within the policies and procedures of the Counselling Service
  • liaise closely with colleagues to ensure a high-quality responsive service is delivered to students
  • undertake regular training and continuing professional development to keep abreast of changes and developments in the field

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • a counselling or psychotherapy qualification up to at least Diploma Counselling level, or equivalent and accreditation from the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy or equivalent accreditation process
  • experience of triaging and assessing clients
  • experience of delivering group work, courses and other training
  • experience of working with a diverse client group encompassing a broad age range and from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds

Student Support and Wellbeing provides assistance to those students who need extra support to enable them to manage their own educational and personal progression. We are committed to improving access to learning and provide a wide range of support to our students.

The University of Kent is a distinctive and attractive place to work. We employ over 6,000 staff, including academic and research staff and a full range of support and administration staff. Our stunning main campus in Canterbury, Kent was founded in 1965 and is set among green and tranquil open space overlooking the spectacular Cathedral. Our staff enjoy competitive salaries, an occupational pension scheme, generous holiday entitlements and a great working environment.

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