Working With Us
Working With Us
Our Supporters

We would like to thank all who contribute to supporting our service provision. Without your support, we would not be able to keep our service running. Current supporters include:

  • Arnold Clarke Autos
  • Bedford & Luton Community Foundation
  • Bedford Park Rotary Club
  • Big Idea Brand Marketing
  • Borras Construction Ltd
  • Compass Wellbeing
  • Co-op Community Matters
  • Hertfordshire Community Fund (HCF)
  • Hertsmere Borough Council
  • The John Apthorp Charity
  • Members of the public
  • National Lottery
  • Ngage – low carbon workspaces
  • Oaklands Development
  • Office of Police and Crime Commissioner – Bedfordshire (OPCC Bedfordshire for VoC)
  • Redbrain
  • St Albans City & District Council
  • St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation
  • The Steel Charitable Trust
  • Waitrose
  • Yogi Design
Ambassadors

Our ambassadors represent us in the Community and/or provide a significant amount of their time voluntarily to support the Foundation. Our current ambassadors are:

  • Kevin Doyle: Ambassador for Digital Enablement of Services
Events & Fundraising

Events

Accepting the Best Corporate Social Responsibility award at the biz4Biz Awards 2022.

 

To be recognised at the biz4Biz awards on 8th July 2022 was an absolute highlight for us. Nominated as finalists in several categories we were delighted to win the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ award sponsored by Airbus. We would like to thank our many funders who help keep our services going in both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

Here is an article featuring The Counselling Foundation and other winners.

Fundraising Opportunities

Whether you are challenging yourself to doing your first 5km run, undertaking your first marathon, hosting a coffee morning, supporting us while you shop, making a personal donation or you are a business who would like to make us your ‘Charity of the Year’, there are all sorts of ways that you could fundraise for us to help support the provision of mental health services and training for those who might otherwise not be able to access support.

Your amazing support is critical to the continuation of the service we provide to our communities. Donations you make go towards both our counselling services and contributing to equality of access to training for our marginalised communities.

You can choose to make a one-off donation or commit to monthly giving. Every pound makes a difference to our clients. Please get in touch if you would like to fundraise for us by contacting fundraising@counsellingfoundation.org

“I am now able to discuss my feelings and emotions with my counsellor and my close friends and have, to a large extent, stopped burying uncomfortable feelings and memories”

“I am able to be less anxious in stressful situations”.

Borras Construction charity trek fundraiser

We are extremely grateful to Borras Construction Ltd for choosing us as their charity alongside Youth Talk to raise money via a gruelling hike they are undertaking on the Isle of Wight.

This is down to one of their employees using our services during a very difficult time in his life.  Financial circumstances shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing counselling or emotional support.

Your donations will go directly to helping people in need and could save lives. Please follow the link below to show your support and give hope to someone in need.

Support Us While You Shop

There are a number of ways you can support us whilst you shop

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Amazon Smile

You can support us whilst you shop with Amazon. Try it today through Amazon Smile, be sure to choose to support The Counselling Foundation Head Office – St Albans and then earn a free donation for our charitable organisation whenever you buy an eligible product through Amazon Smile.

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Sell on eBay

If you’re having a clear-out you can sell on eBay and donate funds to us. Choose us as your favourite charity and you can choose to donate to us every time you check out on eBay. You can add us as a favourite on eBay by signing into your eBay account and selecting ‘add to my favourites on our eBay for charity homepage.

Or become a community seller where you can donate 10 – 100 % of the sales proceeds to the Counselling Foundation.

Easyfundraising

Register by clicking easyfundraising and choose one of The Counselling Foundation centres. When you shop, instead of going directly to the retailer website, log onto easyfundraising first and click on the retailer you want to shop with. You will then be taken to the retailers website where you will shop as normal but the shop you are using will give The Counselling Foundation a donation. There are over 4,200 retail partners registered with Easyfundraising who will donate to us if you access their website through the easyfundraising website. What could be easier.

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Vacancies

We are a unique organisation dedicated to providing therapy and training. There are many ways you can get involved with us.

Employment Vacancies

The benefits of working with us are:

  • Opportunities for continued learning and development including discounted Continuing Personal Development courses.
  • Flexible working
  • 25 days holidays per year plus bank holidays, pro rata plus any additional days that the Foundation is closed between Christmas and New  Year
  • Membership of a contributory pension scheme for employees (subject to meeting the eligibility criteria including minimum monthly pay)
  • Membership of our employee assistance scheme (subject to minimum weekly hours)
  • Family friendly policies including maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave
  • Entitlement to occupational sick pay after one year continual employment
Current Vacancies

TERMS

  • Salary depending on experience
  • Hours of work: 1.5 hours of fortnightly supervision per group
  • Available for daytime and/or evening supervision depending on group allocated
  • Available for in-person and/or remote supervision depending on group allocated
  • Available to attend monthly meetings with Clinical Manager
  • Willingness to work outside prescribed hours to manage risk escalations
  • Access to TCF subsidised CPD events
  • Probation period: 3 months
  • Start Date: Immediate

 THE COUNSELLING FOUNDATION is a modern charity with a well-established reputation in the field of counselling and psychotherapy for over 40 years. Our mission is to deliver affordable psychological therapy, to train psychotherapists and provide services to organisations and the NHS.

We are an organisational member of BACP and our training courses are accredited and validated by BACP. 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION

We are looking for an experienced clinician who is passionate about provision of care outside the private sector and has the energy and enthusiasm to support us in our growth and innovation in client care.

You will work as part of The Counselling Foundation’s (TCF) supervision team to provide a high and consistent standard of supervision to all qualified and trainee counsellors across the Foundation. You will be required to work with TCF trainees and qualified counsellors working for the charitable counselling service as well as other TCF contracts.

In particular, you will be supervising counsellors delivering one-to-one counselling to clients with complex needs and/or dual diagnosis.

We are receiving an increase in the number of individuals with complex needs referring into our service. Apart from emotional support, many suffer simultaneously from physical, social and financial difficulties thereby exacerbating their problems. This inhibits their ability to cope, often making them vulnerable to crisis. Many have a history of abuse, domestic violence, substance misuse, family and relationship difficulties, poverty, social isolation, homelessness, unemployment and some have a history of offending/anti-social behaviour.  In addition, some clients have learning and physical disabilities.

As a supervisor in our service, you will be at the centre of continuing to bring our response to the current mental health crisis to life. You will be supported by the Clinical Manager, Clinical Director and the wider clinical team. Above all, you will be passionate about joining a charitable organisation that embraces diversity and innovation and strives to connect and contribute to our local communities by offering a safe space, providing supportive and emphatic counselling to individuals who struggle to access emotional help.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

The Clinical Supervisor reports to the Clinical Manager and will work closely with Clinical Director.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To support TCF’s objectives of supervision by creating a learning environment combining a balance of support, reflection, challenge and education for all supervisees to develop their clinical skills and competence
  • To lead and facilitate at least 1 supervision group consisting of a maximum of 4 supervisees per group
  • To lead and facilitate group supervision for 1.5 hours every fortnight throughout the year
  • To work with the Clinical Manager/s to support and expedite client allocation and all service delivery targets
  • To work with Clinical Managers to manage issues around late or non-payment of fees
  • To ensure supervisees manage their clients in accordance with organisational policies e.g., collection of fees, keeping client records etc
  • To ensure supervisees carry out clinical work competently in line with TCF guidelines and polices holding the best interest of the client in mind at all times
  • To work with the Clinical Managers to manage clinical escalations and risk reporting
  • To facilitate case review meetings as needed to provide updates and action plans of at-risk cases together with counsellor and Clinical Manager
  • To facilitate monthly peer discussion drop-in sessions groups for counsellors working with clients with complex needs to share learning and explore ethical dilemmas
  • To ensure all supervisees adhere to risk management procedures and policies
  • To ensure all cases are presented for supervision on a regular basis
  • To ensure supervisees are aware of and up to date with TCF clinical policy and processes
  • To alert the Clinical Director of any issues or concerns about counsellors in relation to competency or possible complaints
  • To complete reports for all supervisees and participate in the assessment process for trainees if required
  • To be familiar with all training handbooks, curriculum and course content
  • To attend monthly Supervisor meetings
  • To engage in ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) relevant particularly to working with clients with complex needs
  • To adhere to BACP’s Ethical Framework
  • Willingness to conduct clinical assessments for clients new to the Service

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Significant post-qualifying experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist and supervisor
  • A strong understanding and experience of working with people who have experienced chronic and complex mental health problems including trauma (physical, psychological or social), addiction, substance misuse, certain psychiatric conditions
  • A strong knowledge and experience of working with trauma-informed practice and how it can successfully be used as an intervention
  • Highly developed skills in assessing risk and a working knowledge of managing complex risk assessment in practice
  • Highly experienced in carrying out assessments of client support needs, including risk assessments
  • Experience of both time-limited and longer-term psychotherapeutic work
  • Experience of delivering in-person and remote therapy and supervision
  • Knowledge and understanding of different modalities e.g.psychodynamic, person-centered, poly-vagal theory, DBT, trauma informed stabilisation work
  • Up to date knowledge of developments in the psychotherapy field and of relevant national policy
  • Willingness to work out-of-hours to manage clinical risk
  • A good understanding of Safeguarding and risk management for both children and adults.
  • Experience of working in partnership with key workers, care co-ordinators, community services, GPs, psychiatrists and third-party agencies/charities/other services
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent record keeping in regard to points discussed with the supervisees and administrative skills that are required for management of the group within the organisation
  • Good Microsoft office skills and general technology skills, or the willingness and ability to learn within a short period of time. Comfortable to learn and work within a digital environment

Desirable

  • Completed a Level 7 or equivalent qualification from a BACP-accredited counselling training programme
  • Diploma–level or equivalent qualification in clinical supervision
  • BACP/UKCP/NCS accredited
  • Competence as a supervisor working from a psychodynamic orientation with groups and individuals
  • Additional Qualification eg DIT, CBT, EMDR, DBT, CfD, group work
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic group work.
  • Knowledge, skills and ability to assess the complex needs of drug and alcohol users and formulate action plans to identify how these needs can be met
  • Experience of working with trauma using a three-phased approach – stabilisation, processing and integration

 

COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • Excellent people skills including an ability to motivate, manage, mentor and support counsellors and trainees and to challenge performance when appropriate
  • Excellent at building and sustaining respectful, emphatic, non-judgemental and productive working relationships across all supervision and other groups
  • Ability to work as an effective and supportive team player within a management team
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to adjust communication style to different audiences
  • Ability to adapt working style to people and groups from diverse backgrounds and cultures

 

ORGANISATIONAL AND LEADERSHIP ABILITY

  • The appointee should be able to command the personal and professional respect of staff
  • They should have an understanding of the dynamics of organisations and of small and large groups
  • They should be able to relate sensitively to others, share in and facilitate the working of groups
  • Excellent capacity to contain anxiety, manage staff and delegate appropriately is essential
  • Sensitivity to understanding the issues of working within an organisation including financial, commercial and other issues that need to be considered when delivering a training course in a competitive environment

 CAPACITY FOR REFLECTION AND EVALUATION

  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • The appointee will be expected to contribute creatively to reflection on the nature and development of clinical work in a changing society
  • Openness to learning from feedback and understanding the dynamics of an organisation where supervisees are both in training and providing the therapeutic services of the organisation

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Possess a calm, consistent manner and proven ability to contain emotional distress within a clinical environment
  • A team worker who is adaptable and versatile with a positive and confident attitude
  • Ability to demonstrate a respect for punctuality and responsiveness to deadlines
  • Ability to be comfortable working with change and within change management processes
  • Ability to remain solution-orientated
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced, challenging environment
  • Permanent position
  • Part time hours: 10 to 24 50-minute sessions per week
  • Willingness to work both remotely with the possibility of in-person work at one of our centres
  • Primarily Hertfordshire based with potential to work in Bedfordshire as well

 

Salary and Benefits

  • £29,000 – £36,000 per annum depening on experience
  • Fortnightly 1.5 hours in-house supervision (group)
  • Access to subsidised TCF CPD events
  • Employer pension contributions on eligible pay
  • Membership of employee assistance programme
  • 25 days per holiday per year pro rata plus bank holidays
  • Payment of initial Enhanced DBS (not extended to annual subscription to the Update Service)
  • Laptop
  • Use of TCF telephony system (Horizon)

 

About the Role

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 four strands to the services we provide:

  • Provision of long term heavily subsidised counselling for clients who cannot afford private care
  • Provision of short-term work to IAPT referred clients using Counselling for Depression (CfD) or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
  • Provision of short-term work for our charitable service, EAP contracts and other NHS contracts
  • Training programmes that include short courses such as Introduction to Counselling and active listening plus a four-year Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling that is accredited by the BACP

We are continuously evolving, and mental health support has never been so critical to our communities. We want to further expand our team and are looking for new colleagues to support us as we continue to grow our services.

As a counsellor in our IAPT, you will be at the centre of continuing to bring our response to the current mental health crisis to life. We are looking for someone who is passionate about the provision of care outside the private sector and has the energy and enthusiasm to support us in our growth and innovation in client care.

You will work as a semi-autonomous practitioner delivering counselling support to these clients whilst working closely with the wider team and partner organisations to ensure appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place.

The role will primarily involve working with clients Counselling for Depression or Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy. You will be supported by the clinical manager for the team.

Above all you will be passionate about joining a charitable organisation that embraces diversity and innovation and is connected with our local communities.

Experience:

Essential

  • Qualified to Degree, MSc, MA, or Diploma level in Counselling
  • Completed a BACP-accredited counselling qualification
  • BACP/UKCP registered member
  • BACP accredited or working towards accreditation
  • Delivered a minimum of 300 client hours to include agency work
  • Trained in the IAPT compliant modality Counselling for Depression (CfD)
  • Significant counselling experience post qualification, either in a paid or voluntary capacity
  • Experience of providing effective time limited counselling
  • Experience of carrying out assessments of client support needs, including risk assessments
  • Experience of working with people who have experienced a common mental health problem
  • Developed skills in assessing risk and a working knowledge of managing complex risk assessment in practice
  • Experience of delivering counselling over the phone and / or via video conferencing

Desirable

  • Completed a Level 7 or equivalent BACP accredited counselling course
  • Experience of providing a counselling intervention within a primary care or IAPT setting
  • Qualification in another IAPT compliant counselling modality i.e., DIT
  • Worked in a service where agreed targets were in place demonstrating clinical outcomes
  • Experience of developing and delivering therapeutic group work

Applicants should send their CV to Anne Findlay-Wilson, Email:  anne.findlay-wilson@counsellingfoundation.org.

Any questions please contact vacancies@counsellingfoundation.org

Volunteering & Work Experience

Volunteering provides an opportunity to try something new or to give skills you have already developed to an organisation and make a real difference.

We welcome volunteers to be part of our community.

We are always open to contact from people who would like to fundraise, take on a new challenge, donate skills, and become part of our lively community. The work you do as a volunteer has a tangible impact on the services we are able to develop and offer.

If you are interested in volunteering please contact vacancies@counsellingfoundation.org

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