2nd year Counselling placement in Domestic Violence

2nd year Counselling placement in Domestic Violence

The Bede Starfish Project works with people affected by Domestic Violence. Our aim is to help build communities where everyone can be free from fear of violence, no matter who they are or where they come from. We offer advice and support to help female and male clients take action and rebuild their lives. Based in Southwark, we work across the whole borough to help people from all backgrounds build their confidence and be free from abuse.

What day: Wed and Tue
How many hours: Minimum 2 hours 
Minimum Commitment: 6 months
Where: BEDE House Starfish Project

Purpose of role

We are currently offering counselling placements for counselling/psychotherapy trainees wanting to specialise in Domestic Abuse, within an innovative service which works from a Holistic approach. It is essential that you have a qualification or working towards a qualification in counselling / psychotherapy and be in the 2nd year of diploma with a BACP/ UKCP framework. An understanding of working with trauma and excellent communication skills are essential. Ideally we would want the candidate to commit to a placement of at least 6 months.

Main activities/tasks:

At Bede we follow the ethical framework of the BACP. The counsellor should follow these guidelines

  • At Bede we work in a Person-centred therapeutic approach
  • Each client has a caseworker attached to them. It is important that the role of counsellor and caseworker is clearly defined.
  • To ensure the safety of the clients and integrity of our work, it is vital that the counsellor and caseworker role is not blurred.
  • The counsellor will be expected to help clients manage their emotional wellbeing. Any practical matters that arise should be directed to the allocated worker.
  • The counsellor should be able to build a therapeutic relationship with clients and set aims within 6-12 week ( 1 hour ) blocks of counselling
  • The counsellor should keep clear records to clients attendance and relevant case notes of the sessions

Who are we looking for?

  • Qualified or working towards a qualification in counselling/psychotherapy within the BACP/ UKCP framework
  • Knowledge of working with trauma
  • Knowledge of Domestic Abuse
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent listening skills
  • To be non-judgemental and impartial
  • To be honest, reliable and committed

What the volunteer would gain from the volunteering opportunity:

  • Experience working with Domestic Abuse victims
  • Fortnightly 1 hr clinical supervision
  • Weekly supervision with project manager
  • Helping clients who have experienced abused move on
  • Experience working in a holistic setting

Other information

  • DBS required which we can provide
  • Unfortunately, as we are a small charity we are unable to reimburse expenses

Find out more/ apply

Contact Ahlam Laabori on 0207237 9162 or email ahlamlaabori@bedehouse.org

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