Opportunity: Volunteer Counselor - Invictus

Organisation Name: Invictus Wellbeing
danny@invictuswellbeing.com
Phone: 01422 370015
Cause/Interest: Children, Domestic violence, Mental health, Youth
Listing End Date:
Skill Required: Mentoring and counselling
Type Of Activity: Counselling
Additional/Specific Suitability: Older People, University students, Those looking for work
Age/Gender Restrictions:
Directions:
Geographical Area(s): Calderdale
Opportunity Type: Location
Requirements And Benefits: Overall Purpose of the role:
To provide emotional and therapeutic support to children aged 5-17 in Invictus partner
schools or on site at Dean Clough. As an organisation that has adapted the BACP ethical
framework of good practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, counselors working within
the organisation are dedicated to improving the mental health and well-being of the children
they work with.
Specifics of the role:
- To work with a maximum client base of three children (per one day placement).
- To attend clinical supervision with senior clinicians.
- To work with schools, partner organisations and other professionals to ensure strong
partnership working.
- To be a generally enthusiastic and passionate face of the organisation to
communities, schools and young people
- To offer therapeutic support to children and young people using your experience.
Who are we looking for?
- You will be a fully qualified Counsellor, Therapist or Educational/Clinical Psychologist
or studying towards one of these professions at the following levels:
• Diploma in Counselling (Level 4 or above). If you are in your first year you will have
completed a full academic year Certificate Course in Counselling or the equivalent of
9 - 12 months.
• Degree, MSc or MA in Counselling, Counselling Psychology or Psychotherapy - if
you are in your first year you will have relevant experience of direct work with
children.
- Counselling training must have, or have had, a therapeutic and personal
development component rather than being purely theoretical or research based (as
with Distance Learning courses). Examples of this include: role play, creative work
with art, TRIAD techniques.
Role: Volunteer Counselor
Hours Per Week: Varied (1-5hrs per week) or one off projects for half/full days
Department: Operations/Project Delivery (Invictus Wellbeing Foundation CIO)
Directly responsible to: Operations Manager, Operations Team
Location: Invictus Wellbeing Head Office, Dean Clough
Other contacts
Internal: Services Director, CEO,
Partner Colleagues e.g. CAMHS/EHWB Services, Parents and families
- Preferably you will have experience of working with children aged 5-17. This
experience could be gained through volunteering, caring for children as a parent or
carer or through a background in a caring profession such as nursing, social work or
as a health visitor.
- Understanding of the characteristics of a therapeutic relationship with a child, ideally
with experience or knowledge of humanistic or psychodynamic approaches
Skill Required: Mentoring and counselling
Skills To Gain: Leadership, Listening and communication
Times For The Opportunity: Any
Volunteer Commitment: Long term (Commitment of at least 6 months expected), Part time (18 hours per week)
What Could Someone Gain From This Role?: What you can expect from us
- Induction, training, support and supervision
- The opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people
- Clinical supervision at least in a group format.
- The satisfaction that you are making a real and lasting difference in the lives of
children, young people and parents living in West Yorkshire.
- Getting invaluable counselling experience.
- Developing new skills and putting existing skills to good use.
- Travel expenses between home and volunteering place will be reimbursed
- Job references for you after six months volunteering with us
- Benefits, freebies and bonuses for volunteering hour milestones.