We're seeking expressions of interest from experienced counselling practitioners to provide training and supervision for our research project into the feasibility of counselling in care homes.
There's currently little counselling provision in care homes, despite high rates of depression and antidepressant prescribing for residents, and high turnover and low morale of staff. Informed by interviews with counselling practitioners, care home managers and care teams, the project aims to provide proof of concept of how counselling could be implemented.
The successful applicant will play a key role by:
- supporting the recruitment of three counselling practitioners to work in care homes
- preparing and delivering three days of training, focusing on counselling older adults and working with members of a care team
- providing monthly supervision by phone or skype to the counselling practitioners, including one group session
You'll need to be a qualified counselling practitioner, trainer, supervisor and BACP member. You should have extensive experience of working with older clients in a care home setting and an understanding of the specific training needs of counselling practitioners working in care homes.
This is a self-employed, contract for service role. For further information on how to apply, please send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm 31 October 2019.
Exploring the role of counselling in improving the lives of older people, and promoting the value of talking therapies to this group, is a priority for BACP.
Three-quarters of older people want the choice of talking therapy
We found older people in the UK prefer to talk about their problems than take medication
'Counselling has made me happier and more confident'
Listen to our interview with Sheila, 71, about how therapy has changed her life