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Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or Counsellor - AD2322SB

Student Services provides a comprehensive welfare and support service for all matriculated students, which includes:

• Immigration, Disability, Finance, and Academic advice
• Pastoral support in halls of residence through the Warden Service
• Out of Hours support
• The main information service to the students from the ASC (The Advice and Support Centre)
• Wellbeing, Coaching, Counselling, CBT and Mental Health coordination, working within a Matching Care model.

We aim to deliver sector-leading services and have recently secured accreditation with APPTS (Accreditation Programme of Psychological Therapies Services, Quality Standards Team at the Royal College of Psychiatrists in partnership with the British Psychological Society) for our work in Wellbeing, Counselling and Mental Health.

The purpose of this role is to support the University in meeting the needs of students coping with adverse life experiences or experiencing mental health problems. This will involve working within Student Services Matching Care model, delivering evidence based interventions and assisting students in a manner that promotes their autonomy, resilience and independence. Meetings with students are primarily face to face, (currently via online video call), but also by telephone/email. The role holder works as a member of the Student Services team in a flexible, collaborative and responsive manner.

The Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or Counsellor will be educated to degree level or equivalent, and will have relevant professional qualifications and experience of working with adults and/or young people with mental health difficulties. The successful candidate will be accredited by a recognised CBT or counselling professional body or will be working towards accreditation. Experience of working within a further or higher education setting is desirable and knowledge of relevant legislation relating to mental health and disability is essential.

The post-holder will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be able to deliver training, and will be able to work independently and as part of the wider Student Services team. Additionally, they will liaise with academic schools and the wider University as required and will work with external agencies (such as General Practitioners, Community Mental Health Teams and third sector) to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach.

The successful applicant will play a key role in supporting the University's response to critical student incidents where mental health may be a contributory factor. They will also be responsible for working within existing policies and assisting in drafting new policies and resources, as appropriate in support of students with mental health difficulties. A flexible approach, including working extended hours as required, is necessary for this role.

This post is fixed term for 12 months.

For further information, please contact Ms Ellen Mackintosh, Assistant Director of Counselling on 01334 462020 or email

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian, Minority or Ethnic (BAME) community and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in professional posts at the University.

The University is committed to equality for all, demonstrated through our working on diversity awards (ECU Athena SWAN/Race Charters; Carer Positive; LGBT Charter; and Stonewall). More details can be found at a

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by the UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Further information can be found at a

Please quote ref: AD2322SB

Closing Date: 30 September 2020

Interview Date: 9 October 2020

Further Particulars: aAD2232SB FPs.doc

Student Services
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum
Start: As soon as possible
Fixed term for 12 months

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or Counsellor - AD2322SB

St Andrews KY16, UK
Full time

Published on 11 Mar 2022

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