Staff Counsellor(s) 

Applications are invited for Staff Counsellors (both full and part-time will be considered) at the Staff Counselling Centre to provide counselling to all grades of staff based within both the University and Colleges. The work also includes building and maintaining good relationships with all colleagues including Occupational Health, HR Managers and support staff within the Colleges. In addition, the Staff Counsellors provide a multitude of workshops which have proved very popular. Candidates will be expected to add to this facility, designing workshops and psycho-educational sessions to staff according to demand.

The post holder will work within the well-respected and multi-disciplinary Staff Counselling Centre at the University of Cambridge. The Centre is an institutional member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and works within its Ethical Framework.

We offer 8-10 sessions of individual therapy free of charge to University staff and deliver numerous workshops, presentations and training on issues around mental health. Counselling for College staff was established in 2017, providing fee-based provision with number of sessions dependent on specific College requirements.

The Staff Counsellor will be an accredited counsellor or psychotherapist who will help staff with the full range of issues whether they are work-place difficulties or personal matters. Accreditation will be with one of the following organisations: BACP, UKCP, BABCP, BPC or as a clinical or counselling psychologist with BPS and HCPC.

The role will include conducting initial assessments, deciding on the most appropriate way forward for delivering counselling to individuals. It also includes some group work as well as devising and running workshops and training.

The work will be carried out with an understanding of the University and College context in which it occurs. It involves liaising with other internal and external parties, as necessary.

Applicants should be aware that work is primarily being delivered remotely via Zoom, with some clients having access to our department in a safe space. Staff are working a blend of home working and office based. The post holder will therefore need to have access to an appropriate confidential space and the technology to deliver sessions from home. Going forward, we anticipate an increasing proportion of work to be carried out from within our premises.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with adults' barred list) and a health assessment

Limited funding: The funds for this post(s) are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with adults' barred list) and a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

The closing date for applications is Monday, 14 February 2022.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to

Please quote reference AN28856 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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17 January 2022


14 February 2022

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