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  • Job Title: Wellbeing Lead Counsellor
  • Job Reference: RL592220HovWLC
  • Location: Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Salary: £33,080 per annum

We are a charity working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people, working to prevent youth homelessness and provide a home to 763 young people every night. We reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation and youth work. This is challenging yet rewarding work that helps the young people we support to belong, contribute, and thrive. You can hear our inspiring Young People's Stories HERE.

The Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between YMCA DLG, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and Southdown. As part of the Children & Young People’s (CYP) Wellbeing Service, YMCA DLG offer a range of short-term interventions tailored to young people’s presenting needs and age. 

The Role

We are looking for a permanent, full-time (37 per week) Wellbeing Lead Counsellor to join our experienced and enthusiastic counselling team to coordinate and deliver an innovative and clinically excellent mental health and wellbeing service. In this role you will coordinate and deliver an innovative and clinically excellent mental health and wellbeing service. You will be responsible for leading a team of therapists in delivering effective therapeutic interventions to young people, ensuring that these interventions are of a high quality, adhere to BACP guidelines, are evidence-informed treatments and ensure that risk is managed robustly and follows YMCA DLG policies.

You will take a lead role in identifying the needs of service users, staff training needs and improving processes and procedures. We are looking for an innovative individual to take a lead on group programme development, delivery and improving routes of access for service users. This role includes triage, assessment, allocations and counselling treatment delivery to children and young people.

In addition, you will be the point of call for safeguarding concerns with direct reports and liaise with the service manager or senior therapist for further advice as and when necessary.

Your expected working pattern is Monday to Friday with one evening until 8pm and then Saturday working after 6 months. This will be a face-to-face role based in Brighton & Hove.

Who You Are 

You will be a confident, organised individual with some experience of project development work, including project monitoring, evalution and reporting. Your ability to manage your time and, more importantly flag issues and queries to the wider team is essential. You will already have experience of supporting vulnerable young people to include working with risk issues such as self-harming and substance misuse, along with experience of Trauma-Informed practice. Our ideal canddate will also be confident in safeguarding, risk amanagement and multi-agency working.

You will have a Graduate or Post Graduate level Counselling Diploma or equivalent, (ideally 2 years minimum duration including personal counselling or psychotherapy), and BACP Accreditation/eligibility for accreditation or BACP Registration, or be accredited with other relevant professional bodies (UKCP/HCP). 

The successful candidate must have a driving license or access to a vehicle.

Closing date is 21 August 2022. Please note this is a rolling advert; applications will be reviewed regularly, and suitable applicants will be invited to attend interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please email Conrad Foote [email protected] 

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding this role or to request another application format: please email us at [email protected]