Required skills, experience and competencies

  • Training through a BACP accredited program
  • Second year training or higher and prior counselling experience
  • Candidates must be able to attend the monthly supervision held on Wednesdays at 1:30 to 4:30
  • Accountability for ensuring that own practice meets minimum national standards and is compliant with professional Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics
  • Ability to practice in accordance with relevant legislation involving Safeguarding Adults and Children and the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understanding of the importance of working within organisational policies and protocols
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills that will enable competent use of the electronic record system
  • Well organised, enthusiastic and self-motivated
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Understanding of the boundaries within the role   

Client Work

Our clients present with a wide range of issues including (but not limited to) the effects of illness and treatment, family dynamics and communication, coping with loss and change, anxiety, depression and complicated grief.  For this reason, all volunteer counsellors must have some prior counselling experience.

The length of counselling is based on client need rather than strict adherence to rigid timescales. Clients can be seen for as long as they need to work with their illness or adjust sufficiently to their bereavement; however sessions cannot be extended into general counselling or therapy.  The duration of the counselling is monitored and reviewed with the client and in supervision. We encourage an 8 session model with the option for extending based on client and therapeutic need. 

The Patient and Family Support Team support individual adults and children, couples, groups and families. Occasionally clients are supported by telephone.

Could you become a Volunteer Counsellor for Trinity Hospice? All that we ask from you is a minimum commitment of 3 hrs per week for 9-12 months. However, the number of clients seen and the duration of the placement will be mutually agreed. We are currently looking for volunteers with early evening availability and for those that have free time over a weekend.

What can we offer you?

  • An opportunity to develop new and existing skills and to enhance your understanding of the uniqueness of each person’s journey. 
  • An induction to Trinity Hospice plus an induction to the Patient and Family Support team policies and procedures and an introduction to working with bereavement and grief.
  • Quarterly training workshops.
  • Mandatory monthly group supervision (Supervision will take place either during office hours or in the evening).
  • Supervision in-house by a qualified and experienced members of staff, registered with appropriate governing body such as UKCP, BACP, BPS & HCPC.

This role will require a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check, provided free of charge by Trinity Hospice. 

Interested? Please complete the attached Application Form and return it via email along with your CV for the attention of: Letizia Perna-Forrest Head of Patient and Family Support.

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