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Professional Standards Development Facilitator

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Location: Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Salary: £40,130 to £41,616 pro rata if part time
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th October 2020
Expires: 30th December 2020

BACP is the leading professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in the UK with around 52,000 members. We employ staff in a wide range of roles, from supporting our members to undertaking research or promoting the profession.

Benefits of working for us include 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays, flexi time scheme, pension scheme, health cash plan, Employee Assistance Programme. This role is open to applicants wishing to work flexibly.

This is an exciting opportunity for a Professional Standards Development Facilitator to support the Head of Professional Standards (HoPS) in the development and delivery of BACP Professional Standards strategy through the development and implementation of evidence-based standards of education, training and practice that define competence and scope of practice.

Principal accountabilities:

  1. To assist the HoPS to develop, deliver and disseminate evidence-based specialist areas of competence and scope of practice for the counselling professions that define training and practice standards for the future.
  2. To develop, deliver and disseminate a rolling programme of evidence-based competence frameworks (and associated curricula as required), practice and training standards according to the agreed evidence-based competency framework development process.
  3. To assist the HoPS to develop, deliver and disseminate a suite of accreditation, endorsement and approved qualification schemes underpinned by evidence-based competence frameworks and curricula.
  4. To produce a project plan and to liaise with all stakeholders to meet deadlines and financial forecast. To provide the HoPS with regular project updates, and to alert the HoPS to any potential issues.
  5. To facilitate the development of resources based on competency frameworks and curricula to promote the PS strategy and standards of good practice.
  6. To develop and deliver a communication and engagement plan to promote and engage external stakeholders in BACP Standards; raising awareness and encouraging utilisation of BACP standards, competences and curricula.
  7. In consultation with HoPS and the Ethics and Good Practice Manager (E&GPM), to promote awareness and utilisation of the Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions and Good Practice resources both internally and externally and contribute to the implementation and review processes.
  8. To support the HoPS at internal and external stakeholder meetings and to contribute to the work of the PS department, in order to develop and inform training standards across the profession and the related training field.

Knowledge & experience:

  • Educated to MSc/MA level in counselling/psychotherapy (or other appropriate level for related professions), with knowledge of a range of counselling modalities.
  • BACP accredited (or equivalent) counsellor/psychotherapist
  • Data collection and data analysis skills
  • Experienced counselling/psychotherapy trainer with knowledge of, and ability to write level appropriate curricula, learning outcomes, assessment criteria and training materials .
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to present, communicate and engage at all levels either in person or using telephone/video conferencing.
  • Ability to establish rapport with key stakeholders and to facilitate good working relationships.
  • Experienced in planning, organising and project management, delivering to deadlines and service level agreements, coupled with the ability to be adaptable and flexible.
  • Knowledge of contemporary education issues and qualification frameworks
  • Able to travel as required throughout the UK to meet with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Good level of computer literacy skills across different systems, MS Office including Teams and ability to learn and adapt to IT systems
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