Foundation Certificate Personal Development Group Facilitator


Tuesdays from 12pm – 1:30pm

Term time for the academic year 2022/2023

1.5 hours per week teaching time during for 30 weeks plus termly team meetings

This role is based in Welwyn Garden City


£35 per hour for Group Facilitation

Additional payments made for meetings

About the Role

We are excited to be recruiting to continue to grow our training offering across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and online.

The Counselling Foundation has been in operation for over 40 years as a provider of counselling and training services. We are proud of our welcoming culture and commitment to client care.

The Foundation has three strands to the services we provide:

  • Training programmes that include short courses such as introduction to counselling and active listening; professional training including our advanced diploma in counselling that is accredited by the BACP
  • Provision of long term heavily subsidised counselling for clients who cannot afford private care
  • Provision of short-term work to NHS referred clients using Counselling for Depression or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy

The purpose of this role is to conduct groups that are experiential in nature usually consisting of approximately 12 students.  The purpose of the experiential group is to explore what is of concern to individual members and the whole group in the here and now, in a manner that is appropriate and educational for students on the Foundation Certificate Course.


Appointees are ultimately accountable to the Programme Tutor who has day-to-day responsibility for the course.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. To facilitate small group sessions which follow the seminars.
  1. To ensure students develop skills and attitudes appropriate to the course requirements.
  1. To participate in the assessment process of students as and when relevant.
  1. To write to students copying in the programme who have been absent inviting them back into the group, as well as discussing concerns with the Programme Tutor of the absence.
  1. To inform the Programme Tutor of any concerns regarding students.
  1. To work as a member of a team (consisting of Head of Counselling and Training, Programme Tutor, Seminar Tutors and Group Facilitators) on behalf of the students.
  1. To attend 3 course staff meetings held each academic year.
  1. To work ethically, observing boundary issues responsibly and sensitively.  Group leaders must have an awareness of the BACP Ethical Framework and work within it.
  1. To work with the group-analytic model with modification as necessary for the purpose of the group.
  1. To maintain the educational task of the experiential group and ensure its contribution to the development of skills and attitudes for students on the Foundation Certificate Course.
  1. To undertake any additional tasks or responsibilities as reasonably required by the Head of Training and the Programme Tutor
  1. To keep the online register of students updated.
  1. The appointee is expected to arrange suitable personal supervision on the group as required by the various ethical standards. 

Who we’re looking for

Experience and Knowledge:

  1. The applicant must have experience of facilitating groups analytically/psychodynamically, preferably in a variety of settings.
  • The applicant must know and understand the differences and similarities between experiential groups and therapy groups.
  • The applicant must know how to assess students’ abilities from their participation in an experiential group in terms of skills and attitudes appropriate for students on counselling skills and attitudes courses.
  • The applicant must know how a groups dynamic contributes to the training of students on the Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling Course.
  • The applicant must know how the experiential groups fit into the overall training on counselling skills and attitudes courses and be familiar with the Course Learning Outcomes.

Skills, Attitudes and Abilities:

To be able to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal

To have a desire to work in a pastoral capacity with student’s needs and issues

To be able to demonstrate management and administrative skills and attitudes and to demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines and prioritise

To be able to relate sensitively to others and liaise with staff and managers

To be able to share in and facilitate the working of groups, committees, and teams and to contain anxiety and maintain confidentiality

To be able to work effectively as part of a team whilst retaining the ability to work independently

To be able to work effectively within an organisational structure

To work within and support the Counselling Foundation’s commitment to working with Difference and Diversity

Apply for this position

Allowed Type(s): .pdf, .doc, .docx


The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 helps rehabilitated ex-offenders back into work by allowing them not to declare criminal convictions after the rehabilitation period set by the Court has elapsed and the convictions become spent. We are committed to not discriminating against applicants on the basis of a criminal conviction or other information declared.

We will only take into account relevant criminal record and other information which is relevant to the position being applied for.

Recruitment Monitoring details

This section of the application form will be detached from your application and will not be used as part of the selection process nor will it be seen by anybody interviewing you.

The Counselling Foundation embraces the benefits of a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we work in and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We ensure that under the Equality Act (2010) that we demonstrate our recruitment processes to be fair and not discriminating against or disadvantaging anyone because of age, disability, gender, reassignment status, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

The information collected in this section is used for anonymized monitoring to help us look at the profile of individuals who apply, are shortlisted for and appointed to each vacancy to confirm that we comply with the Equality Act. It also enables us to run recruitment campaigns that attract candidates from all parts of our communities.

As well as for monitoring, your date of birth will be used for administration purposes including pre-employment checks and creation of your personal record if you are appointed.

Equality & Diversity

Cookies Policy
When you visit our website, it may store information through your browser from specific services, usually in form of cookies. Here you can change your privacy preferences. Please note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our website and the services we offer.