Voluntary Counselling Placement (Internship)

Are you looking for an honorary therapist role in a counselling placement that challenges as much as it supports you?

Ready for 4 weekly client hours? Want to learn what life is really like as a therapist? Keen to stretch yourself and prepare for private practice? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Being an honorary therapist on placement with The Awareness Centre will teach you many things to prepare you for your practice. Wherever you are in your development, we can support you into becoming the therapist you’re meant to be. Choose our NHS counselling placement and you’ll learn how to work in a focused, effective way with a diverse client base – as well as gaining the experience of working alongside a multi-disciplinary team within IAPT.

Choose to work as an honorary therapist in our low-cost counselling service placement and you’ll learn how to provide a full clinical assessment to work long term with clients, which is excellent preparation for working in private practice. With the support of first-class supervision and training, in both the NHS and low-cost placements you will learn the rigours of good practice management.

We take on counsellors, psychotherapists and counselling psychologists who are starting out with client work, or who are on track towards qualifying and/or becoming accredited with BACP, UKCP or BPS.

What’s unique about TAC is that we offer a three-level placement, depending on where you are in your development as a therapist. Here’s what each placement level involves:

This Counselling Placement is for trainee therapists who have who have completed their foundation year, or level 3 certificate and are starting their counselling or psychotherapy diploma, but who have not accumulated many or any client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist in the first year of your diploma course.
      • You are a student counsellor who needs to accumulate generic counselling hours to enrol onto your Psychosexual and Relationship therapy course.
      • You have a letter from your tutor or college to say you are ready for clinical work on a voluntary placement at TAC.
      • You are in personal therapy and will continue therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the NHS and low-cost Counselling Service.
      • You will complete a TAC training course on managing risk, good practice management and developing your skills in clinical assessment.

Counselling placement for trainee therapists who have accumulated 25-65 supervised client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist in the second year of your diploma course.
      • You have accumulated 25-65 face to face supervised client hours either within TAC or  with another counselling organisation, agency or charity.
      • You have been in personal therapy for at least a year and will continue in therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the low-cost counselling service and/or the NHS counselling service, seeing up to eight clients per week on a double placement.
      • You will be in fortnightly supervision seeing up to 4 clients per week or weekly supervision seeing up to 8 clients per week if you are able to do a double placement.
      • You will move onto the Level 3 placement once your TAC supervisor and counselling manager agrees and you will be able to apply for a placement in HMP Brixton.

Counselling Placement is for therapists who have over 65+ supervised client hours and are working towards qualification.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist reaching the end of your training.
      • You have accumulated 65+ face to face supervised client hours.
      • You are in weekly personal therapy.
      • You can work within the low-cost, NHS counselling service or within HMP Brixton Prison. You can choose to see up to eight clients per week by volunteering on two counselling placements.
      • If you are a student on the psychosexual and relationships training then you can work within our psychosexual placement seining individuals and couples within the low cost counselling service.
      • You will be in weekly or fortnightly supervision, depending on how many clinical hours you do.
Criteria - Level 1

This Counselling Placement is for trainee therapists who have who have completed their foundation year, or level 3 certificate and are starting their counselling or psychotherapy diploma, but who have not accumulated many or any client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist in the first year of your diploma course.
      • You are a student counsellor who needs to accumulate generic counselling hours to enrol onto your Psychosexual and Relationship therapy course.
      • You have a letter from your tutor or college to say you are ready for clinical work on a voluntary placement at TAC.
      • You are in personal therapy and will continue therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the NHS and low-cost Counselling Service.
      • You will complete a TAC training course on managing risk, good practice management and developing your skills in clinical assessment.
Criteria - Level 2

Counselling placement for trainee therapists who have accumulated 25-65 supervised client hours.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist in the second year of your diploma course.
      • You have accumulated 25-65 face to face supervised client hours either within TAC or  with another counselling organisation, agency or charity.
      • You have been in personal therapy for at least a year and will continue in therapy throughout your placement with TAC.
      • You can work within the low-cost counselling service and/or the NHS counselling service, seeing up to eight clients per week on a double placement.
      • You will be in fortnightly supervision seeing up to 4 clients per week or weekly supervision seeing up to 8 clients per week if you are able to do a double placement.
      • You will move onto the Level 3 placement once your TAC supervisor and counselling manager agrees and you will be able to apply for a placement in HMP Brixton.
Criteria - Level 3

Counselling Placement is for therapists who have over 65+ supervised client hours and are working towards qualification.

      • You are a student counsellor, psychotherapist or counselling psychologist reaching the end of your training.
      • You have accumulated 65+ face to face supervised client hours.
      • You are in weekly personal therapy.
      • You can work within the low-cost, NHS counselling service or within HMP Brixton Prison. You can choose to see up to eight clients per week by volunteering on two counselling placements.
      • If you are a student on the psychosexual and relationships training then you can work within our psychosexual placement seining individuals and couples within the low cost counselling service.
      • You will be in weekly or fortnightly supervision, depending on how many clinical hours you do.
Counselling Placement Training January 2019

Our placement is like an internship where you can graduate to the next level by building your experience and confidence in working with diverse client groups within our three counselling services:

  1. Our Low-Cost Counselling Service offers therapy on an open-ended basis at one of our counselling centres in Clapham or Tooting. The amount clients pay depends on their income. Working as an honorary therapist in our low-cost service 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 can see up to four clients per week on daytime slots Monday to Sunday, and on Friday evenings. This is suitable for level 1, 2 and 3 placement therapists.
  2. Our NHS Counselling Service involves seeing up to four patients a week on a short-term basis within GP surgeries in Lambeth and Wandsworth. TAC is contracted by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) and South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG). We work in partnership with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) to provide our NHS counselling services. This is suitable for level 1, 2 and 3 placement therapists.
  3. Our Prison Counselling Service involves working short-term with inmates of HMP Brixton for 6 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 can see up to three clients per week at the prison. This is suitable for level 2 and 3 placement therapists.

All clients are triaged within our counselling service.

How to apply for a counselling placement at TAC

  • Apply online. Complete the online application form by clicking on the ‘Counselling Placement Application form’ button below.
  • If you meet our criteria, the Counselling Department will invite you to attend a group interview and speak to you about slot availability for our NHS and/or LCCS placements.
  • If successful, you will receive an offer of a placement via email. Please respond within 24 hours.
  • You will need an enhanced DBS, which TAC can arrange if required.

Offers of placement are made subject to a three-month probation period, within which you will be monitored, supported and mentored in all aspects of this rewarding placement. For any related enquires for a counselling placement please email Cat Allen, cat@theawarenesscentre.com or call 020 8673 4545.

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For any related enquires please call Cat Allen on 020 8673 4545, or apply online.

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