Birmingham - University of Birmingham


Further information
We offer

  • An unpaid counselling placement subject to monitoring and review under a signed 3-way training agreement between you, your training organisation and us. We expect to develop a relationship with your course and receive information and a reference about your level of experience before arrival.
  • Up to four client contact hours per week over three terms.  Please note that we are not able to guarantee a fixed number of clients during the placement, even though we will refer clients to you on a regular basis. You will not be allocated clients with high clinical risk.
  • Assessment, as required by your training course, and an opportunity to review the placement from all 3 perspectives.
  • Induction to placement, then in-house counselling supervision with a BACP (not UKCP) accredited senior counsellor once a fortnight for one hour.
  • The opportunity to participate in any in-house training events organised during the academic year (usually one or two per year).

Please note that the 1st term of the placement is a probationary period and continuation of the placement is subject to review by the supervisor and Head of Service.

Placement requirements
We accept applications from trainee counsellors who meet the following criteria:

Currently on one of the following BACP/UKCP/BPS accredited counselling/psychotherapy/counselling psychology training courses:
  • On a 1 year full time or 2 year part time Diploma, having obtained a degree previously
  • On 2nd year of a 2 year full time or 3rd year of a 3 year part time Foundation degree (level 5), having obtained a degree previously
  • On 3rd year of BA (Hons) Counselling (also sometimes called Foundation Degree + top-up to BA (Hons)) (level 6)
  • On 2nd year of post-graduate diploma (level 6)
  • On counselling/psychotherapy/counselling psychology Masters course (level 7)
  • Works according to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions
  • Has some previous experience of providing face to face counselling – a minimum of 50 hours
  • Has capacity to engage emotionally and intellectually with students in higher education in short-term work
  • Is willing to contract specifically around confidentiality
  • Is able to undertake computer data-entry, including online case notes, use CORE-net and other electronic systems for communication and room bookings
  • Prepared to work with difference e.g. sexuality and culture

Specialist areas
  • General
Requires membership of an ethical body?
Which ethical body?
Exclusions allowed under the Equality Act?
How to apply
To apply or make further enquiries please contact Sue Anderson, Deputy Head of Counselling for the application pack.

Once shortlisted, candidates are invited for an interview with the Head of Service and an experienced counsellor. We use this process to provide information about the context of the placement and to ask about your experience of practice, training, short-term work and diversity. References, a clear DBS check and proof of eligibility to work in the UK are also required.

If successful, in the first instance you will be offered one term's placement with us. Continuation beyond that point is subject to review.


Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT
  • England - West Midlands
United Kingdom

Counselling service for University of Birmingham Students


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