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Seminar Tutor

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 9.30am – 1.30 pm (3.5 hours tuition time)

Job share may be possible

Salary: £42 per hour (3.5 hours)



To teach and assist students in the development of psychodynamic counselling skills and their understanding of psychodynamic theory and its application to work with clients. Seminar groups usually consist of up to 12 students.


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: Seminar Tutors are accountable to the Programme Tutor for the respective course



  • To teach seminars on dates, days and times required by The Counselling Foundation ( including Saturdays) during term time
  • To assess students and ensure they assess themselves and their peers on a continuous basis
  • To teach students in a didactic and experiential way and to help students integrate theory and practice
  • To teach the syllabus as outlined by The Counselling Foundation Training Centre whilst drawing upon their own individual expertise and style
  • To run seminars/workshops according to the individual Seminar description, aims and learning outcomes
  • To keep up to date records of students’ assessment and progress and give students regular feedback of their progress in written and / or verbal form and, if necessary, including seeing students individually
  • To assess students and complete the necessary documentation:
    • Year 1 Tutor: for their suitability to proceed to year 2 or gain the exit award
    • Year 2 Tutor: for their suitability to proceed to year 3 or gain the exit award
    • Year 3 Tutor : for their suitability to gain the final award
  • To keep up to date and accurate registers
  • To inform the Programme Tutor of any concerns about individual students, e.g. absences, pastoral concerns, progress of students, as and when required and generally to liaise with the Programme Tutor regarding the development of students in their group
  • To attend Course and other staff meetings (at least 2 per term).
  • To be familiar with and teach within the relevant BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and to ensure that students understand and work within the framework
  • To liaise with the Programme Tutor and the Head of Training when appropriate
  • To undertake any other responsibilities or tasks as reasonably required by CF Training Centre through the  Programme Tutor
  • To evaluate the module via feedback, questionnaire and post module review with management at the Curriculum Review Meeting usually in Term 2
  • Mark theoretical and clinical essays for an additional fee, if required
  • To maintain continuous professional development and provide a log if requested to do so by CF Training Centre


Person Specification

Experience and knowledge

  • To have completed an advanced training with a recognised training organisation whose orientation is in psychodynamic psychotherapy and/or psychodynamic counselling (to at least Advanced Diploma level). A teaching / training qualification is desirable (e.g. BACP Accredited Trainer; PGCE; Cert.Ed. or B.Ed).
  • To be an experienced practising psychodynamic psychotherapist and/or psychodynamic counsellor registered and accredited ( or working towards accreditation ) with BACP or UKCP or other recognised professional body ideally with at least three years post qualifying experience.
  • To be in good standing with their professional body and to confirm they have no suspensions.
  • 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 experience of using and teaching psychodynamic counselling theory and skills.
  • To have an understanding of the place of the respective courses  in the CF Training Centre programme.
  • To be able to contribute to the development of the training programme in conjunction with the Programme Tutor.
  • To be able to recognise, contain and work through any splits that may arise between the training / supervision / trainee’s therapy.
  • To be familiar with the BACP Ethical Framework of Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and ensure that at all times they work within that framework and ensure that students are also familiar with the framework.


Skills, Attitudes and Abilities:

  • To demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills.
  • To be able to demonstrate the ability to facilitate experiential learning.
  • To demonstrate the ability to assess students appropriately and thoroughly throughout the training.
  • To be able to liaise with other staff and managers appropriately.
  • To demonstrate empathy, genuineness and warmth when teaching.
  • To demonstrate a non-judgemental attitude whilst facilitating the development of students.
  • To address issues of prejudice and discrimination as they arise.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate their commitment to difference, diversity and inclusion and work effectively within diversity and difference in the group.
  • To work within and support the CF Training Centre commitment to Equal Opportunities.
  • To be able to work effectively as part of a team whilst retaining the ability to work independently.
  • To be able to work within an organisational structure.

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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