Senior Counsellor | West Bromwich | 35 hours per week | Fixed contract for 3 years | £35,000 – £36,500
Our client is a charity which provides a range of services for African and African Caribbean adults recovering from mental ill health.
You will provide culturally responsive counselling, primarily for individuals of Black African, and Caribbean Dual heritage facing mental health challenges. You will conduct face-to-face sessions at the Kuumba Centre, overseeing a service established with the National Community Lottery Fund’s support.
You will recruit and line manage a counsellor and both of you will provide culturally responsive counselling sessions to individuals. You will work to widen the service offer and deliver wellbeing groups including group sessions focused on psychoeducation.
Please note that working times for full-time staff are 9.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. You will be informed of the specific days you will work by your line manager on appointment, (particularly if you are part-time).
What can you expect in return?
You are entitled to 24 days of annual leave within a full leave year (pro rata if part time)
You will be entitled to 8 approx. public bank holidays or pro rata
Line management support via supervision and appraisal
6% Employer pension contribution
Continued professional development
Some flexible working options
Are you the right person for the job?
The following criteria are essential for this role
Professionally qualified such as a Counselling diploma or equivalent with a minimum of 150 counselling hours
Experience working with individuals with mental health and psychosocial issues
Knowledge of issues that may characterise the experiences of people from a Black African and Caribbean heritage
Experience in line managing paid and unpaid staff providing supervision and appraisal
Experience in providing outcome focused interventions that support emotional resilience and recovery
Experience in producing organisational reports
Strong organisational skills and time management skills
Good IT skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office software products
Good written and oral communication skills
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people
A strong team player
Able to develop and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders, staff, and the wider team
A calm professional and positive approach with a focus on user satisfaction
A collaborative approach
A flexible creative and solution-focused approach
Your work must be within reasonable daily travelling distance of your home
You will be required to attend events and meetings at sites regularly across the locality
A satisfactory enhanced DBS check will be required
You should be able to work outside normal hours occasionally when required
Your main duties as a Senior Counsellor will be
To work with the CEO to set up and implement a culturally focused counselling service predominantly but not exclusively for people of Black heritage recovering from mental ill health
To manage a caseload of clients assessing the suitability of service users and individuals for counselling, as appropriate
To primarily offer individuals counselling, but to be flexible to incorporate group work as appropriate
To work within a culturally competent framework, respecting the individual’s cultural, spiritual, and social needs
To liaise with a range of Health Professionals including
To actively participate in a team approach that promotes equality, empowerment, and self-determination
To support a trainee counsellor through a process of mentoring and line management
To liaise with SACMHF colleagues where and when required to achieve organisational objectives and in negotiation with the line manager
To provide reports as necessary on the service and service development for the website annual reports etc
Any other duties that fall within the parameters of the role
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