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NOTICE: Applications for September 2022 academic year are now closed but we will be recruiting again next summer.
Since March 2020, the counselling service has been working off campus providing Solution Focused Brief Therapy to students through telephone assessments and Google Meet therapy sessions. The service made the decision to suspend recruitment for placement therapists at this time of a change in service delivery, and within the uncertainty of Covid-19 lockdowns.
The counselling service will continue to work remotely, providing online support and therapy to students, for the foreseeable future and the next academic year. However, having now had over two years’ experience working remotely, the service feels very confident in its policies and practice, and the delivery of online therapy. The service now feels that it is in a strong position to provide the standard of training, supervision and support to placement therapists under such conditions.
of the clinical work at the university will be provided in-house and in person by an experienced staff therapist, on a two hour fortnightly basis with another placement therapist, on a 2:1 basis. (We envisage this will be arranged on Wednesday
mornings to link in with relevant team meetings).All
clients seen in this placement are the responsibility of the Oxford Brookes University Counselling Service. All clinical work at the university needs to be brought to the counselling service's supervision. If you require additional supervision to
meet your course requirements, this needs to be your own personal responsibility. The Oxford Brookes University supervisor maintains full responsibility for the overview and management of the placement therapist's clinical practice at the university,
under the authority of the Counselling Service Manager.
Whilst at Oxford Brookes University, placement therapists are covered by the University's professional indemnity insurance. Prior to starting work, all placement therapists are obliged to complete a DBS form for Brookes.
The counselling service will provide a
two day training/induction period in the first or second week of September (date to be confirmed)
to ensure placement therapists are familiar with the counselling service’s policies and practices relating to SFBT and the clinical management system. Support will be provided, if needed, over the coming weeks once therapy has commenced. A detailed
manual on the service’s policies and practices will be available for all recruited placement therapists.
placement person specification.
Oxford Brookes University Counselling Service prides itself in offering an excellent professional well-supported placement opportunity, within a team culture of continuous supportive learning. There are a limited number of placements each year and
demand is very high.
Successful applicants will currently be studying at Diploma, Master’s or equivalent level on a recognised counselling, psychotherapy or counselling psychology training, with an orientation compatible with the Oxford Brookes University
They will already have:
• a first degree or equivalent qualification
• a minimum of
25 hours of recent clinical experience of individual counselling or psychotherapy
relevant to the current training programme and supervised within that modality. (Peer-to-peer counselling or practice/role play sessions from your training course are not counted as part of the 25 clinical hours requirement)
• awareness of ethical and boundary issues in counselling
• membership of a professional counselling or psychotherapy body e.g. BACP, UKCP or BPS
• excellent communication skills
• a commitment to undertake Solution Focused Brief Therapy (within a model of up to a maximum of 6 sessions)
• some experience or training in online therapy
• availability to attend in person the two clinical team meetings on Wednesday mornings, but not the business meetings, which are on a rota of 2/3 meetings.
• availability to work online with four clients per week throughout the semester dates of the academic year
• availability to attend in person two hours supervision per month, probably arranged on Wednesday mornings
• experience of personal therapy
Some of the following would also be desirable:
• experience of/awareness of the higher education context
• experience of working with adolescents or young adults
• experience of working with diversity
• experience of working in a team
• experience of brief therapy
• knowledge of, and experience in, the Solution Focused Brief Therapy model
Applications are shortlisted by the Counselling Service Manager and the Placement Coordinator. Shortlisted candidates are then invited for interview.
Feedback extracted from our placement evaluation interviews with previous placement therapists: