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Group Facilitator

Diploma in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling


This role is a fixed-term contract from September 2024 to September 2025
30 Seminars (3 Terms of 10 weeks), based in St Albans, with a small amount of online working
Saturday daytime course from 2.00pm – 3.30pm (this timing may vary depending on the cohort)

Salary: £42 per hour (1.5 hours)



To conduct groups that are experiential in nature usually consisting of up to 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 Diploma Course.


The Counselling Foundation is a modern charity with a well-established reputation in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for 50 years. Our mission is to deliver affordable psychological therapy, to train counsellors and provide services to organisations and the NHS.

We are an organisational member of BACP and our training courses are accredited or are working with BACP towards course accreditation. All staff, honoraries, volunteers and therapists in training are thus accountable to the ethical requirements of these organisations and to their complaints procedures.

There are 3 strands to the services we provide:

  • Provision of charitable subsidised counselling
  • Provision of short-term work to NHS clients, EAP clients and other contracts
  • Counselling Training programmes including short personal development courses

The Counselling Foundation is proud of our welcoming culture and commitment to client care. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity throughout the organisation and encourage diversity and difference.



Directly accountable to: Group Facilitators are accountable to the Diploma Programme Tutor who has day-to-day responsibility for the course



  • To conduct small group sessions which are part of the Diploma Course programme
  • To participate in the assessment process of students as and when required
  • To liaise with and inform the Programme Tutor of any concerns regarding students including where students are absent from the group
  • To work as a member of a team (consisting of the Director of Training, Programme Tutor, Seminar Tutors, and Group Leaders) and as part of an organisation
  • To attend 3 course staff meetings held each academic year (one per term)
  • To work ethically, observing boundary issues responsibly and sensitively
  • To work with the group-analytic model with modification as necessary for the purpose of the group and in accordance with the requirements set out in the Handbook
  • To maintain the educational task of the experiential group and ensure its contribution to the development of skills and attitudes for students on the Diploma Course
  • To undertake any additional tasks or responsibilities as reasonably required by the Programme Tutor
  • To maintain an accurate and up to date online register of students
  • To arrange appropriate supervision on the group as required in accordance with BACP ethical standards at their own cost


Person Specification


  • The applicant would ideally be a qualified and experienced group-analytic psychotherapist or equivalent, but we will consider applicants who have a psychodynamic training and have experience of working psychodynamically with groups.
  • The applicant will be registered and accredited (or working towards accreditation) with UKCP, IGA, BACP or other recognised professional body as a group-analytic psychotherapist and will be in good standing with their professional body with no suspensions.


Experience and knowledge

  • The applicant should have experience of conducting groups , preferably in a variety of settings, both in person and online.
  • The applicant must know and understand the differences and similarities between personal development groups and therapy groups and always work with students as part of a personal development group and not a therapy group.
  • The applicant must know how to assess students’ abilities from their participation in a personal development group in terms of skills and attitudes appropriate for students on the Diploma course.
  • The applicant must know how group dynamics contribute to the training of students on the Diploma Course.
  • The applicant must know how the personal development groups fit into the overall training on the Diploma Course and be familiar with the Course Learning Outcomes and have an understanding and /or experience of working within a counselling agency.


Skills, Attitudes and Abilities:

  • To run experiential small and large groups effectively for students on the course online and in person so that students achieve the Course Learning Outcomes.
  • To contribute to the assessment of students if requested.
  • To liaise with other staff and managers appropriately.
  • To work as part of a team and as part of an organisation.
  • To be familiar with the BACP Ethical Framework and work within it.
  • To support and empower students’ understanding of individuals’ internal worlds, interactions, and group dynamics.
  • To demonstrate their commitment to EDI and work effectively within diversity and difference in the group.
  • The applicant must be familiar with and adhere to The Counselling Foundation Equal Opportunities policy.
  • The applicant must work within the values of The Counselling Foundation. To aim to ensure that, as far as is possible, equality of opportunity is available to all who work within the organisation or use its services.  To seek to promote equality of opportunity where they have influence, including the Foundation’s constituent bodies and the professional organisations on which The Counselling Foundation is represented.

Apply for this position

CV / Supporting Statement

Please attach a CV in the next section along with a supporting statement (please include your reason for applying and highlight your particular strengths that you could bring to the Foundation).

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.

Equality & Diversity

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