Counselling Placement (Internship)
A counselling placement at The Awareness Centre (TAC) will quickly grow your client hours, develop your expertise in short-term and long-term work, and offer you first class weekly supervision. It’s an exciting, challenging and rewarding placement for counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists on the verge of qualifying and/or becoming accredited.
But it’s much more than that. There’s a reason why we call our counselling placement an ‘internship’. Our counselling placement builds your confidence and experience of working with diverse client groups. It will equip you with a generic way of working with clients that you can adapt anywhere. It teaches and models good practice management. The training and support we offer will help you become the therapist you’re meant to be. In short, a counselling placement with TAC will prepare you to work in the ‘real world’ as a therapist as you transition into private practice.
One of the highlights of the placement is the quality of group supervision we offer. Your supervision group will sustain and nurture your practice and help you work through issues with challenging clients. Your supervisor will sign off your client hours, and can write a report to your training institute if required.
The Awareness Centre (TAC) offers three counselling 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.
We ask you to commit for two years to our placement. Typically you would do eight hours a week – working with the NHS or HMP Brixton plus LCCS. You may be able to do just one of the placements (NHS, HMP Brixton, or LCCS) for up to four hours a week, depending on availability at the time you apply.