Clinical Placement (Internship)
The Awareness Centre offers a challenging but rewarding clinical placement to therapists in the later stages of their BACP/UKCP-accredited training courses. We also welcome therapists who have qualified and are building up their clinical hours to apply for professional accreditation and/or registration.
We call our clinical placement a training placement because the focus is on helping you to grow your skills and confidence as a practitioner. We also use the word ‘internship’ because we train and support you to develop your clinical practice, making it far easier for you to transition into private practice or other employed work as a therapist.
The Awareness Centre (TAC) offers three clinical placements:
- Counselling placement in the NHS: This placement involves working short-term with clients for 6 or 12 sessions, depending on client complexity and level of risk. TAC is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and works in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to provide the NHS counselling service within GP surgeries in Lambeth. You would see three or four clients per week within a GP surgery.
- Counselling placement in HMP Brixton: This placement involves working short-term with inmates of Brixton Prison for six sessions or 12 sessions, depending on client complexity and level of risk. TAC is contracted by NHS England to provide the counselling service in HMP Brixton. You would see three clients per week at the prison.
- Open-ended counselling placement at TAC: This placement involves working long-term on an open-ended basis to clients within our Low Cost Counselling Service (LCCS) at The Awareness Centre. Clients pay for this service, according to how much they can afford. They pay £15 if they are registered and receiving most benefits, including working tax credit, registered disabled, pensioners and students. They pay £30 if they are on low income. A placement within LCCS helps you learn about good practice management, including note-taking and handling fees, and allows you to develop long-term therapeutic relationships with your clients. You would see up to four clients per week during a weekday morning or afternoon, Friday evenings, or Saturday or Sunday daytime. TAC is open seven days a week.
Clinical placement therapists are required to commit for two years and work within two placements (NHS or HMP Brixton and LCCS) seeing eight clients per week. Under some circumstances, and depending on availability, we may consider you for one of the placements only (NHS, HMP Brixton or LCCS), seeing up to four clients per week.