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The Counselling Service offers placements to Counsellors in training undertaking Diploma or higher level courses. These placements offer a valuable opportunity to gain experience in a busy, adaptive Counselling Service offering brief therapy to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students as part of a broad-reaching Wellbeing Department.
Applications for placements are accepted throughout the year depending on available spaces.
A Counselling Placement at Brookes will provide:
Supervision of Oxford Brookes' clinical work is provided by an in-house experienced Staff Counsellor, normally on a 2 hours forthnightly basis and normally with another Counsellor on Placement. Whilst every attempt is made to link the modality of the Counsellor on Placement with a staff Supervisor of that modality, this may not always be possible due to time availability and room constraints. Counsellors on Placement may need to find additional, external supervision if there are specific supervision requirements required by their training institution. Staff Counsellors have a range of orientations: Psychodynamic, Integrative,Solution Focused and Person-Centred.
All clients seen in this Placement are the responsibility of Oxford Brookes Counselling Service, and, therefore all clinical work at Brookes needs to be brought to the Brookes's Supervision. Your Supervisor maintains full responsibility for the overview and management of clinical practice, under the authority of the Head of Counselling.
Whilst at Oxford Brookes, Counsellors on Placement are covered by the University's profession indemnity insurance.
You can apply for a Counselling Placement at any time during the Academic year. However, if you apply during the summer vacation period, your Placement will not start until the beginning of the Academic Year. Download the Placement Person Specification. To be considered for a Placement, please complete the Placement Application Form.
All applications will be reviewed by the Head of Counselling and the Placement Coordinator. Applicants will hear within 3 weeks if the are to be invited for interview or not. All interview candidates will hear if they have been successful or not within 3 working days of the interview.
If you experience any difficulty with the online form and or require it in another format, please telephone the Wellbeing Reception team on 01865 484650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feedback extracted from our Placement evaluation interviews with previous trainee counsellors:
“Placement at OBUCS offers the opportunity to work with a truly diverse range of presenting issues and with people from many walks of life. It offers the chance to develop the skills necessary for effective brief work and provides a contained environment in which to manage risk. Counsellors on Placement work collaboratively with the core team in an open and authentic environment. Alongside the varied client work, regular clinical meetings and peer supervision sessions facilitate your own personal development and guest speakers provide valuable insight and knowledge. I have found the team at Brookes to be enormously welcoming and have felt encouraged to share my ideas and my clinical concerns. I've benefited from excellent supervision and have had the opportunity to suggest future developments within the department.''