Your Career Pathway
Counsellors often join us towards the end of their first year of training, whilst others join at more advanced stages of training and already have some client work experience. Most new joiners would start by working in our Low Cost Service and would be expected to work with 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 to discuss their progress and future goals. All new trainees are assigned to a more experienced counsellor who will act as a mentor for six months. Mentors are able to assist new joiners in settling in, finding their way around the premises and get to grips with the admin procedures. Care To Listen offer a variety of training opportunities.
After completing 12 months with Care To Listen student counsellors will be invited to attend an appraisal meeting, where they are invited to discuss their progress in detail and will be expected to set new targets for the next year. Counsellors are also expected to complete at least one cycle of counselling (12 weeks) with the Shaw Trust team. This involves short-term work primarily with the long-term unemployed and the sessions take place at various Shaw Trust offices across London. Counsellors who have been at Care To Listen for more than 12 months could have the opportunity to conduct Initial Assessments. A fee is paid for this work once a satisfactory standard has been reached.
Care To Listen also offer the opportunity for paid sessional work on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. Counsellors employed on the IAPTS team must be qualified and working towards BACP accreditation. Vacancies on this team arise from time to time and will only be available to counsellors who have volunteered at Care To Listen for a minimum of 12 months. Volunteer counsellors are not guaranteed a place on the IAPTS team, opportunities are very much dependent on vacancies arising.