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Programme Tutor

Advanced Certificate in Psychodynamic Clinical Skills


This role is a part-time position
10 hours per week, based in St Albans with some home working and visits to training venues in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

Salary: To be advised on application – may  vary depending on qualifications and experience



To be responsible for the delivery of the Advanced Certificate in Psychodynamic Clinical Skills 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: Director of Training



  • To organise assessment procedures and collate material for:
    • Entry to the Advanced Certificate in Psychodynamic Clinical Skills Course each year.
    • Essays and student assessments for mid-year and end of year
  • Help recruit/appoint Seminar Tutors for each course
  • Arrange ‘shadowing’ / co-tutoring for potential staff where appropriate
  • Monitor via periodic inspections, student feedback and an annual appraisal the performance of Seminar Tutors
  • Review, develop and monitor course material in consultation with teaching staff and the Director of Training
  • Attend monthly Training Management Committee (TMC) meetings and present reports
  • Chair or attend meetings of Advanced Certificate in Psychodynamic Clinical Skills teaching team as required
  • Arrange twice yearly one to one tutorial with all students on the course
  • Consider and explore as appropriate the development of courses in new areas
  • Be familiar with BACP SCoPEd and to undertake BACP or other regulatory compliance reports to support the Counselling Foundation’s aim for course accreditation or external validation as required
  • Monitor staff performance through student feedback, staff meetings and 6-monthly review where appropriate
  • Liaise with the Director of Training as appropriate
  • Undertake any other tasks or responsibilities as reasonably required by the Director of Training
  • Reach out and develop links with other community agencies where there are common aims to support vulnerable adults through listening and providing counselling skills
  • Be available to attend on a regular basis at St Albans during Advanced Certificate course times (currently Wednesday and Friday)


Person Specification

Experience and knowledge

  • To have trained to an advanced level with a recognised training organisation whose orientation is in psychodynamic counselling / psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • To be a practising psychodynamic counsellor / psychodynamic psychotherapist registered and accredited (or working towards accreditation) with a recognised professional body and be in good standing with that professional body with no sanctions.
  • To have an understanding and /or experience of working within a counselling agency and be able to work with others involved in the provision of the training programme.
  • To have some previous experience in the delivery of training and didactic principles such as lesson planning, lesson objectives, learning outcomes and modes of learning
  • To have some knowledge or experience of assessment procedures and assessing students / trainees
  • To have good IT skills and be prepared to extend personal experience in working online
  • To be familiar with the clinical aspects of the training and work with the clinical team where required
  • To be familiar with the BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and always ensure that they work within that framework and ensure that students are also familiar with the framework
  • To understand the place of the Foundation Certificate, the Diploma, and the Advanced Diploma courses in the Counselling Foundation training programme


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 familiar with and able to organise and oversee the curriculum and any changes that might be required
  • 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 and delegate appropriately
  • 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 demonstrate their commitment to and be able to  work within and support The Counselling Foundation’s commitment to working within difference, diversity and inclusion

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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