Part-time Counsellor

University of Dundee - Student Services Office

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

Part time 0.33 FTE

The position is part-time for two days per week, Monday and Thursday during semester and a half day per week, Thursday morning, over the 12 week summer break.

A professionally qualified and experienced counsellor is required at the University of Dundee Counselling Service. The vacancy is for a flexible and adaptable person with excellent communication skills at all levels who is able to respond to the demands of the counselling service. You must be able to work independently and as a member of the team.

You will carry an individual caseload, working with a brief time limited model, contribute to the delivery of wellbeing initiatives and play an active part within the counselling team. The work will involve assessing clients, deciding on whether further sessions would be helpful, managing risk as well as possibly some group/workshop delivery.

You will be BACP (or equivalent) accredited or be eligible for accreditation with at least four years post qualifying experience. You will have a clear understanding of the application of counselling in a HE/FE institution. You will be positive and committed and have an awareness and sensitivity in working with a culturally diverse client group.

Applicants must provide a personal statement outlining how they meet the requirements of the job profile.

The format of the interview will be both presentation and interview panel. Interviews will be held within the University of Dundee, w/c 20 November 2017.

The post is due to commence as from 01 January 2018 however, the timeline may be reviewed for the ideal candidate.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications



  • Skilled in the use of counselling assessments, interventions and case management.
  • High level ability to communicate effectively at both written and oral level.
  • Ability to communicate and use language in a sensitive manner.
  • Personal and professional reflective skills.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively in the context of highly emotive issues.
  • Competent in a range of therapeutic intervention techniques with clients.
  • Competent in undertaking risk assessment and risk management for individual clients.


  • Experience in using CORE



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups across the whole life course.


  • Experience of working with university students.
  • Experience of working with clients from different ethnic backgrounds.

College / School / Directorate Information
The University of Dundee Counselling Service is a free service to current students and staff. Counselling is available on the Main Campus, Kirkcaldy Campus and Ninewells Campus. We have a team of counsellors with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience.

Any Additional Information
The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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