Volunteer - Student Counselling Placement - Lewisham, London

17 September 2020 12 Noon

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Known as PCRS, this service offers both medical treatment and aftercare support to people in Lewisham concerned about their use of alcohol or drugs.  Treatment can include community detoxes, substitution prescribing for drug use, residential rehab, reduction planning and more.  Clinical staff largely work out of GP surgeries, one of the main routes of referral to the service.

Following treatment, when people have been abstinent at least 2 weeks, there is a 12 week aftercare programme, in which people access one-to-one sessions with a key worker and group support, based around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, as well as referrals to further support both internally and in the community.  The goal is to help people develop the tools to maintain recovery and support themselves to move forward in future.

Counselling and psychotherapy within PCRS will provide time bound counselling, CBT, and other psychological therapies to service users.  The aim of talking therapies at PCRS is to enable clients to learn how to cope with difficult feelings and behaviours and make changes in maladaptive relationship patterns. 

At PCRS we have an opportunity for a training, or trained (please see box below), counsellor or psychologist to undertake a fixed-term placement with us to gain clinical experience delivering individual therapies. The sessions will take place during office hours and the timeframe is usually one session of 50 minutes per week for a period of 12 weeks.  Counsellors would normally commit a day per week.  During the pandemic sessions may be delivered remotely but with a view to being delivered in person in accordance with our Covid-19 risk management plan.

Core tasks are:

  • Provide once weekly sessions to individuals
  • Maintain a caseload of three clients as a minimum
  • Attend a monthly Case Management Meeting
  • Attend a Team Meeting when required
  • Take part in trainings relevant to the role
  • Liaise with other professionals involved in clients’ care
  • Clinical recording on the case management system in compliance with the service’s clinical governance and risk management protocol
  • There may be some additional administrative tasks responding to the demands of the service

The closing date for completed applications is 12 noon on Thursday 17th September 2020.


Application packs are also available via email at volunteering@humankindcharity.org.uk or by contacting our recruitment line on 01325 731160 quoting reference 20/VOL/20.

Please read the full Job Description and Person Specification prior to applying for this position.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address you have provided on your application form, including your invite to interview if you are shortlisted. Ensure that you check your emails after the closing date as you will not be contacted by any other means.