2020    Counselling Placement Application

Dear Applicant,

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY AND ONLY COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM IF YOU CAN COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING:

 

I understand the closing date for applications is FEBRUARY 28th 2020 at 11PM (2300hrs).

 

Successful applicants will be required to attend supervision from 10.00am to 4pm on the dates on this page each month (except August) which will be held at:

 

WAVES Counselling Project

Helford House, May Court,

Truro Business Park,

Threemilestone, Truro, TR4 9LD

 

This is mandatory and you are required to arrive promptly to start at 10am and to stay till 4pm. 

 

Other requirements for new volunteers include:

 

If you are a student counsellor, you will be required to obtain a letter from your tutor which states that they consider you to be safe and proficient to counsel clients.

 

Attendance at all mandatory training is required by our funders which is provided by external agencies. Some are held on different premises; some are a couple of hours or one full day or two-day training, these are free of charge to volunteers.

 

Attendance at the key training sessions focusing on Domestic Abuse issues:

If you are unable to attend any of the dates below then unfortunately you will not be offered a placement with the project. All of the dates below are compulsory and they will take place at:

Helford House

May Court, Truro Business Park,

Threemilestone, Truro TR4 9LD

You can park at the Women’s Institute Car Park which is across the road from Helford House however this will cost you £3.00 per day. There are bus stops near the top of Threemilestone. There is also a 'Park and Ride' near by. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own lunch. 

 

ALL TRAINING DATES START AT 10AM PROMPT AND FINISH AT 3.30PM

THE COMPULSORY TRAINING DATES ARE ON:

  

  • Tuesday April 21st 2020 

  • Tuesday April 28th 2020 

  • Tuesday May 5th 2020 

  • Tuesday May 12th 2020 

  • Tuesday May 19th 2020 

  • Tuesday June 2nd 2020 

  • Tuesday June 9th 2020 

  • Tuesday June 16th 2020 

  • Monday June 29th 2020 

  • Tuesday June 30th 2020 

  • Tuesday July 7th 2020 

  • Tuesday July 14th 2020 

  • Tuesday July 21st 2020

 

Once the compulsory training has been completed candidates will then be informed if they are suitable to have a placement with WAVES as a volunteer counsellor.

 

Additional related training sessions will be provided for all volunteers.  Attendance at as many of these is compulsory as it is part of the funding that all volunteers attend.

 

All volunteers are required to have a client case load of a minimum of four clients at any one time and to fully complete all relevant paperwork.

 

If you are successful at application stage, interviews will take place during February and March, however if you are unsuccessful we will inform you.

 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATION FORMS IS ON February 28th 2020 at 11PM (23:00hrs)

Job Description Role:                    Volunteer Counsellor

Reports to:     WAVES Manager

Functions:

  • To accept requests, in person from the WAVES Manager and to offer counselling on a short term basis (12 sessions). 6 sessions are free and 6 sessions the client makes a donation.

 

  • To Book secure staffed venues to counsel clients.

 

  • Accept a minimum caseload of four clients at any one time.

 

  • I understand that travel expenses will not be covered by WAVES.

 

  • Attend at least 9 of the 11 monthly Supervision group meetings in any one year and if I am unable to attend any meeting, I will inform my Supervisor as soon as possible beforehand.

 

  • Have and attend one and half hours of monthly external supervision with an external supervisor which I understand will not be paid for or provided by WAVES.

 

  • To report back to the Manager if the level of risk and safety to the counsellor or client changes.

 

  • The counsellor is expected to take donations given by the client, give a receipt to the client and hand the donation to the co-ordinator at group supervision.

 

  • To assess the client needs for other support and identify where this support could be obtained and either empower the client to or for the counsellor to refer if necessary.

 

  • To report back to the Manager for a decision if the level of support rises or more support is needed.

 

  • When appropriate, to establish a counselling relationship with the aim of re-establishing their ability to cope and maintain autonomy.

 

  • To adhere to the WAVES Confidentiality Policy.

 

  • To abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.

 

 

 

  • To maintain all appropriate client paperwork in a safe and secure location, a lockable drawer or filing cabinet or cupboard and to hand back to manager on completion with client.

 

  • Adhere to the WAVES policies, practices and standards.

 

  • Honour the WAVES confidentiality policy.

 

  • On behalf of WAVES, work only with those clients allocated by WAVES, and not offer any other support or counselling in the name of WAVES.

 

  • Inform my Supervisor and or Manager of any endings or difficulties with clients.

 

  • Complete promptly the records and client paperwork required by the WAVES Manager ready to be handed back at monthly group supervision.

 

  • To attend any external mandatory training that is required by WAVES and its funders.

 

  • Attend as much in-house training as possible.

 

This job description is not exhaustive and may be amended as necessary.

Statement of Expectation for Volunteers

 

I wish to be a WAVES Volunteer and agree to the following:

I expect to:

  1. To accept requests, in person from the WAVES Co-ordinator and to offer counselling on a short term basis (12 sessions). 6 sessions are free and 6 sessions the client makes a donation.

 

  1. Accept a minimum caseload of four clients at any one time.

 

  1. I understand that travel expenses will not be covered by WAVES.

 

  1. Attend at least 9 of the 11 monthly Supervision group meetings in any one year to arrive at 10am prompt and stay till 4pm or whenever the meeting ends and if I am unable to attend any meeting, I will inform my Supervisor as soon as possible beforehand.

 

  1. Have and attend one and half hours of monthly external supervision with an external supervisor which I understand will not be paid for or provided by WAVES.

 

  1. To report back to the manager if the level of risk and safety to the counsellor changes.

 

  1. The counsellor is expected to take donations given by the client, give a receipt to the client and hand the donation to the co-ordinator at group supervision.

 

  1. To assess the client needs for other support and identify where this support could be obtained and either empower the client to or for the counsellor to refer if necessary.

 

  1. To report back to the Co-ordinator for a decision if the level of support rises or more support is needed.

 

  1. To report back to the manager if the level of risk and safety to the client rises.

 

  1. When appropriate, to establish a counselling relationship with the aim of re-establishing their ability to cope and maintain autonomy.

 

  1. To adhere to the WAVES Confidentiality Policy.

 

  1. To abide by the BACP Code of Ethics.

  2. To maintain all appropriate client paperwork in a safe and secure location i.e. Filing cabinet, lockable draw or cupboard and to hand back to manager on completion with client.

 

  1. Adhere to the WAVES policies, practices and standards.

 

  1. Honour the WAVES confidentiality policy.

 

  1. On behalf of WAVES, work only with those clients allocated by WAVES, and not offer any other support or counselling in the name of WAVES.

 

  1. Inform my Supervisor and or manager of any endings or difficulties with clients.

 

  1. Complete promptly the records and client paperwork required by the WAVES manager ready to be handed back at monthly group supervision.

 

  1. To attend any external mandatory training that is required by WAVES and its funders.

 

  1. Attend as much in-house training as possible.

  2. Aside from where I live, to be willing to travel to other areas of the county to provide counselling where there is a large client case load or shortage of counsellors.

 

 

This job description is not exhaustive and may be amended as necessary

If I am unable to meet any one of the above I will discuss the position with the manager, who may then need to discuss it with the Refuge Manager.

 

In special circumstances, volunteers can ask for time off, up to one year (a sabbatical)

 

I understand that I or the WAVES manager may at any time suspend or terminate this agreement and that I must then apply for reinstatement. 

Suspension or termination may be a consequence of my effectiveness as a Volunteer by the WAVES Manager.  This suspension or termination would follow only after full discussion with me.  If I wish to resign I will inform my Supervisor and WAVES Manager in writing, giving a minimum of one month’s notice.

 

 

 

WAVES, in Partnership expects to:

  1. Inform volunteers of and implement the WAVES policies, practices and standards.

  2. Provide introductory and in-service training for its Volunteers.

  3. Provide support and group supervision on an ongoing basis and one-to-one supervision when needed.

  4. Provide Public Liability Insurance.

  5. Provide information on new developments within WAVES and information on new developments in Domestic Abuse work with clients.

Group 6’s Supervision Dates

 

Obviously in the first year you will only have 4 group supervisions to attend as there is no supervision in August and no supervisions take place during school holidays. But please remember that you have agreed to attend a minimum of 9 out of the 11 group supervision for the next year and your remaining time with WAVES and it is a condition of having a placement with WAVES. All Supervision will take place starting at 10am prompt and finishing at 4pm. It will take place at:

 

Helford House, 

May Court

Truro Business Park, 

Threemilestone,

Truro, TR4 9LD

 

There is no parking allowed at Helford House so you are required to park at the Women’s Institute Building which is facing Helford House. You will need to go in and give them your car registration number. There will be a cost to you of £3.00 per day.

 

All supervisions start at 10am finishing at 4pm. Please bring your own lunch.

 

  1. MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28th 2020

  2. MONDAY OCTOBER 19TH 2020

  3. MONDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 2020

  4. MONDAY DECEMBER 14TH 2020

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