We want the LGBTQ+ community to feel included, to live their full life and be reassured that things can be worked out. There is hardly any support for young transgender people in transitioning, besides the gender clinic. At the clinic the waiting lists are very long because of the lack of resources and staff they have. So, in the meantime, whilst a young person is waiting for the gender clinic we want to provide listening, support, advice and a counselling service to help them come to terms with being Trans and the changes that comes with it.'' Ethan, Youth Lead.
We are looking for a Trans identified person with knowledge, experience and understanding of healthcare, GIC & mental health needs of Trans and LGBTQ+ people.
Ideally you will have experience of working with young LGBTQ+ people. It’s important you can show understanding of the development stages in young adults, offer respect and encouragement to them, upon their journey.
You would be seeing young adults at The Old School House or online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The LGBTQ+ Counsellor will aim to help young adults to explore feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences. This allows young people to reflect on what is happening to them and consider alternative ways of doing things. As a counsellor you will not give advice, but help young adults to make their own choices.
Working in a confidential setting, you'll listen attentively to young adults, offering them time, empathy and respect. With the aim of reducing confusion and increasing their ability to cope with challenges, or to make positive changes in their life.
Applicants must be qualified counsellors/therapists and be BACP Registered or Accredited, or registered with another recognised professional body (e.g. HPC, UKCP).
You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS and we also wish to obtain references.
As a counsellor, you'll need to:
● establish a safe, boundaried relationship with young adults, offering trust and respect
● agree a counselling contract to determine what will be covered in sessions (including confidentiality issues)
● encourage young adults to talk about issues they feel they cannot normally share with others
● actively listen to young adults’ concerns and empathise with their position
● accept without bias the issues raised by young adults
● help young adults towards a deeper understanding of their concerns
● challenge any inconsistencies in what young adults say or do
● help young adults to make decisions and choices regarding possible ways forward
● to maintain awareness of LGBTQ+ related issues, services and developments on a local and national basis
● refer young adults to other sources of help, as appropriate
● to participate in quarterly counsellor meetings, supervision, relevant training and self development
● liaise, as and when necessary, with ESTEEM staff, other agencies and individuals to Safeguard & support around issues raised by young adults
● work to agreed number of sessions with young adults needs
● undertake clinical supervision
● keep records and use reporting tools according to BACP & ESTEEM protocols
● you may be required to do an assessment session to ascertain the suitability of a young person match for ESTEEM’s volunteer Trainee Counsellor
For a full job description, person specification and application form, please see http://esteem.org.uk/jobs-boardMore info