Female counsellor

Female counsellor – Women’s Turnaround service
Job ref: FCWT0819
Location: Eleanor Rathbone House, Connect Business Village, 24 Derby Road, Liverpool, L5 9PR
Salary: £24,101 pro rata per annum
Hours: 30, including one late night per week
Contract type: Fixed term, until October 2020

PSS in a nutshell

At PSS, we’ve got an important job to do; and that’s to help people make the most of their lives – whatever life throws at them.

Since 1919, we’ve been helping people to overcome challenges, to find solutions and to feel happier, healthier and more supported. Today we provide over 20 different health and social care services across Merseyside, Wales, the Midlands, the Isle of Man, Lincolnshire and Manchester. Our Women’s Turnaround service is based in our Head Office, Eleanor Rathbone House, in Liverpool.

What our Women’s Turnaround service does:

Women’s Turnaround provides a one-stop-shop of support for women offenders across Merseyside (excluding the Wirral). The service offers a wide range of practical and emotional support, helping women to turn their lives around and make positive changes. This can be in a group setting or with one-to-one support and involves working with other agencies within the criminal justice system and beyond. The package of support is always built around that women, her family set-up and her own individual needs. Here’s Catherine’s story:

Catherine was referred to Women’s Turnaround as part of a specified activity order, and an assessment was carried out by the staff.

Catherine had some significant needs including support to maintain her accommodation, a history of alcohol abuse and domestic abuse, trauma from childhood abuse and children who had been taken into care. The result of this was that Catherine also had self-harmed in the past and attempted suicide. Catherine was allocated a one-to-one key worker, and received counselling for the trauma in her past and to help prevent the self-harm. She also attended the Freedom Programme run by Turnaround which focuses on women experiencing domestic abuse.

To help with Catherine’s other problems she was referred to the housing service to support with her accommodation issues, and the alcohol service to help reduce her substance misuse. Following on from this work, Catherine was engaging positively in the group work at Turnaround and there have been no further instances of self-harm or suicide attempts. She was also enrolled on a tenancy scheme and was monitoring her alcohol consumption carefully. As a result of these interventions,

Catherine has maintained her non-offending status and is working well towards completing her order.

What your role as female counsellor will involve:

This is an exciting opportunity to become part of an open-minded, determined team delivering a range of interventions for women, across lots of different settings.

You will be delivering specialist counselling and therapeutic interventions using a trauma informed approach to female offenders.

You’ll need:

  • A strong commitment to the aims of the project, i.e. to tackle the factors that lead to offending behaviour and support choices that improve women’s life chances.
  • Experience of counselling people with complex/multiple needs. You will need to have an excellent understanding of issues impacting females within criminal justice and the additional complexity this brings. You will need a strong knowledge and understanding of criminal justice, safeguarding and trauma informed practice.
  • The ability to work in a fast paced environment and the skills needed to offer crisis support as part of your role.

The successful applicant must have experience of post qualification counselling and experience of providing structured individual support. A Diploma in counselling (or a comparable qualification) is essential.

Your trusty candidate pack will help you get a feel for what it’s like to work with us, find out what we’re looking for, explain the recruitment process and help you decide whether you can see yourself as a part of our amazing team. Each section is crammed with hints and tips to help you make a great application, so please take the time to give it a good read.

Candidates who consider themselves to be disabled will also be given the opportunity to attend an interview if they meet the essential criteria for the role

This post is exempt under schedule 9 part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

In the event that you are offered the above position, an Enhanced Disclosure will be required.

Closing date for applications: Friday 30th August 2019
Interviews to be held: W/C 9th September 2019

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