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Wellbeing Counsellor – Ethnicities Specialist

Contract type: Permanent 
Working pattern: Part-time

Closing date: Sunday 10 July 2022

Who to contact if you have a query:

Michael Rennie

  • Location: Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
  • Earnings: £30,210 per annum, pro rata

YMCA DLG stands together with children and young people who are at risk; keeping them safe, supporting their emotional wellbeing, and enabling them to belong, contribute and thrive in their local community.

We work to prevent youth homelessness across Sussex and Surrey and provide a home to 763 young people every night. We reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation, and youth work, so that all young people can belong, contribute and thrive. You can hear our inspiring Young People's Stories HERE.

The Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between YMCA DLG, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and Southdown. As part of the Children & Young People’s (CYP) Wellbeing Service, YMCA DLG offer a range of short-term interventions tailored to young people’s presenting needs and age. 

The Role

We are looking for a permanent, part-time (15 hours per week) Wellbeing Counsellor – Ethnicities Specialist to join our experienced and enthusiastic counselling team working within the CYP Wellbeing Service. You will provide assessments and counselling for children and young people from mixed or black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups aged 8-24 years. The role will include building partnerships with other BAME services and an advisory role to CYP service managers and clinical leads regarding service user participation, co-production and staff recruitment, advising on the particular needs of minority ethnic groups in therapeutic services. 

You will carry out individual mental health assessments with children and young people (aged 8 - 24) in local settings and support triage to the relevant treatment option. You will also deliver 1-1 and groupwork counselling sessions to young people from mixed race and BAME communities, through online and face-to-face appointments. In addition, you will support parents / adult caregivers in their understanding of the referral and treatment process, as appropriate, in a professional and compassionate manor.

Your expected working pattern will include Monday 10am-6pm and Tuesday 11am-7pm - Some flexibility can be considered regarding the days. This will be a face-to-face role based in Brighton & Hove.

Who You Are

You will be a qualified counsellor; a Graduate or Post Graduate Counselling Diploma with 2+ years’ experience post qualification and BACP Registered/Accredited or registered with another recognised professional body (e.g. UKCP, HCPC, BAAT, BAMT, BADth). You will be a professional from BAME background or mixed ethnicity; with experience of delivering specialist counselling, mental health assessments, supporting mixed & BAME children and young people who have mild to moderate mental health difficulties. In addition, you will have safeguarding knowledge and commitment to Trauma-Informed practice.

As part of our commitment to being a Trauma-Informed Organisation, all frontline staff have access to regular group Reflective Practice Supervision and for therapeutic roles, we offer clinical supervision.

The closing date for this role is midnight on 10 July 2022. Please note this is a rolling advert; applications will be reviewed regularly and suitable applicants will be invited to attend interviews on a rolling basis. Please apply early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please email Conrad Foote conrad.foote@ymcadlg.org 

YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We value diversity and promote inclusion, which we demonstrate through our activities, as well as in our policies and working practices. Reinforced by our culture and values, we seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding this role or to request another application format: please email us at recruitment@ymcadlg.org

Additional Information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

  • Job reference
  • orbis/TP/43000/25113

  • Number of positions
  • 1

  • Location
  • Hove

  • Salary
  • £30,210 pro-rata

  • Closing date
  • 10 July 2022

  • Organisation
  • YMCA DownsLink Group

  • Contract type
  • Permanent

  • Work pattern
  • Part Time

  • Hours
  • 15

  • Job type
  • Care - Adults