Your Career Pathway
Trainees often join us towards the end of their first year of training, whilst others join at more advanced stages and already have some client work experience. Most new trainee counsellors would start by working in our Low Cost Counselling Service, managing a caseload of up to four clients per week.
The first three months of the placement is a probationary period at the end of which the trainee counsellor will be invited to meet with the Service Directors/ClinicalTeam Leader to discuss their progress and future goals. All new trainees are assigned to a team, headed by a Lead Counsellor. The Lead Counsellor will act as a mentor and ensure that all new joiners settle in, can find their way around the building and are able to get to grips with the admin procedures.
After completing 12 months with Care To Listen trainee counsellors will be expected to attend an appraisal meeting, where they are invited to discuss their progress in detail and encouraged to set new targets for the next year. Trainees who have been at Care To Listen for more than 12 months(last year of training) could have the opportunity to access training which will enable them to conduct Initial Assessments.
Once a student counsellor has accrued sufficient client work hours and has shown they have excellent admin skills they will be expected to join the (NHS)IAPTs counselling team. This work can be very challenging and requires counsellors to work in a time limited way.