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Job description and selection criteria

Job title

Psychodynamic Counsellor


University Administration and Services


Counselling Service


3 Worcester Street

Grade and salary

Grade 8: £37,382 - £44,607 per annum



Contract type


Reporting to

Alan Percy, Head of Counselling

Vacancy reference


Additional information

This post requires an enhanced DBS check


The University

The University of Oxford is a complex and stimulating organisation, which enjoys an international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence in research and teaching. It employs over 10,000 staff and has a student population of over 21,000.

Most staff are directly appointed and managed by one of the University’s 130 departments or other units within a highly devolved operational structure - this includes 5,900 ‘academic-related’ staff (postgraduate research, computing, senior library, and administrative staff) and 2,820 ‘support’ staff (including clerical, library, technical, and manual staff). There are also over 1,600 academic staff (professors, readers, lecturers), whose appointments are in the main overseen by a combination of broader divisional and local faculty board/departmental structures. Academics are generally all also employed by one of the 38 constituent colleges of the University as well as by the central University itself.
Our annual income in 2010/11 was £919.6m. Oxford is one of Europe's most innovative and entrepreneurial universities: income from external research contracts exceeds £376m p.a., and more than 70 spin-off companies have been created.
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University Administration and Services

University Administration and Services (UAS) is the collective term for the central administrative departments of the University. UAS comprises structures to:

  • support the University’s core academic purposes of teaching, learning and research;

  • ensure the University can meet the requirements of government, funding bodies and other external agencies; and

  • facilitate the attainment of the objectives set out in the University’s Strategic Plan.

The offices of the UAS sections are spread across the city centre, with the main University Offices located in Wellington Square.

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Counselling Service
The Counselling Service is one of the services within Student Welfare and Support Services. It was established in 1972 to complement the sources of assistance made available in college or through the college doctor system for those students who, suffering from psychological distress or personal problems, wish to seek help from a professional counsellor and who, in particular, wish to seek confidential help independently of their colleges. The service was significantly expanded in 1990 and has been regularly expanded since that date in response to identified need.

During undergraduate terms the service is open from 9.00am – 8.00pm on Mondays (including May Bank Holidays), Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.00am – 5.00pm on Fridays and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays. During Christmas and Easter vacations the service closes for short periods but remains open for the whole of the Summer vacation.

The service sees in the region of 1500 students each year with an average of just under five individual sessions per student.

The service reports, through the Director of Student Welfare and Support Services, to the Director of Student Administration and Services, and thus to the Deputy Registrar and Registrar. An advisory committee comprised of representatives of academic and pastoral colleagues from colleges and University departments, along with representatives of the NHS, informs the work of the service and its management.

The post-holder will report to the Head of Counselling.
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Job Description

Overview of the role

The University Counselling Service is an established service where the two core models are psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy. Practitioners of both models are committed to delivering brief therapy where appropriate. Practitioners are expected to contribute to the development and delivery of group work and a psycho-educational workshop programme. This is a fulltime post and all counsellors are expected to work one evening a week and occasional Saturday mornings except in exceptional circumstances. All counsellors also attend the weekly staff meeting (currently Wednesday 1.00pm to 2.15pm).

  1. To provide predominantly brief psychodynamic counselling to students of all ages and levels of study and deliver a range of therapeutic interventions appropriate to individual student need.

  2. To take the lead for developing a specialist area of expertise to widen the range of service delivery. These areas are reviewed and allocated to different members of the team. Examples of current areas are:

    1. Developing and managing the group work programme;

    2. Managing the trainee and associate programme;

    3. Developing and managing technology-based counselling provision;

    4. Managing the liaison counsellor scheme between the service and the colleges.

  1. To take a full role in the current structures for assessing students and delivering regular counselling.

  2. To deliver supervision to trainees.

  3. To have a good knowledge of currently available self help materials and to design such materials appropriate to this particular context.

  4. To engage with the wider university community to benefit both students and staff through the educational and training role of the service

  5. To carry out and co-operate in audit, evaluation and where appropriate research projects.

  6. To offer appropriate cover for the Head of Counselling.

Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure report from the Criminal Records Bureau.

Main duties and responsibilities

  1. To provide psychodynamic counselling sessions to students with contact hours to be agreed with the Head of Counselling.

  2. To manage and deliver a range of therapeutic activities including individual and group therapy.

  3. To be part of the duty rota cover to assess intake referral forms from students, assessing initial level of risk and allocating appointments. Responding to urgent enquiries from students, GPs, parents, tutors and colleges.

  4. To assist the Head of Counselling by taking on agreed responsibilities for the overall management of the service, acting as cover during his/her absence.

  5. To conduct initial assessment of students including those who present with multiple and complex problems; to identify those at risk of academic or psychological breakdown and decide on appropriate action. Following assessment to select a therapeutic approach relevant to the needs of individual students, or to refer to specialist services where available.

  6. To manage a caseload of student work, continue to determine levels of student risk, take responsibility for defining the length of the therapeutic activity and define and manage an appropriate counselling relationship compatible with the intended length of work.

  7. To manage their case load within the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and to preserve the confidential nature of the service provided to individuals while responding appropriately to the institution’s duty of care to others.

  8. To identify and provide appropriate therapeutic interventions to students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  9. To deliver supervision to trainees and associates on a placement.

  10. To keep abreast of currently available self help materials, and to design such materials where appropriate.

  11. To contribute to the educational and training role of the service throughout the University and colleges specifically by taking an active part in the service/college liaison scheme and within this promoting the work of the service; offering consultancy to those in defined welfare roles to support their work with students and in managing those who have mental health problems; working collaboratively with college and department personnel to develop policies to facilitate student well-being and to enhance the quality of the student experience; designing and delivering induction talks or workshops according to the requirements of the specific college or department.

  12. To work collaboratively within, and develop, existing networks with internal and external services that support the mental health and well-being of students, e.g. Disability Advisory Service, NHS specific services and voluntary organisations.

  13. To attend weekly team meetings, take part in case discussions and take an active role in team development by, for example, taking responsibility for the development of a theme at specific meetings; to attend and engage with service development and consultancy meetings, sharing in decisions on format and content of such meetings and contributing to the planning of the development of the service.

  14. To engage in formal structures for reflective practice e.g. clinical supervision, peer case discussion and consultancy with the service’s medical consultant (psychiatrist) and to report on work in progress through regular, individual management review sessions.

  15. To maintain adequate records and fulfil the administrative requirements of the service.

  16. To undertake surveys, evaluation and research projects within the service.

  17. To keep abreast of new counselling theories, techniques and evidence based practice. To contribute to the development of counselling and psychotherapy by taking an active role in local and national meetings of relevant bodies.

  18. To undertake such other appropriate duties as the Head of Counselling should from time to time determine.

Selection criteria

Essential Criteria:

  1. Applicants must be accredited/registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or equivalent body or, in the case of a psychologist, qualified as a clinical or counselling psychologist and eligible for chartering by BPS. A core component of the main qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or psychology must be psychodynamic counselling.

  2. Substantial experience (a minimum of five years post qualification) of delivering individual psychodynamic counselling for a range of psychological problems and at significant depth.

  3. Experience of adapting a theoretical model to a brief approach.

  4. Familiarity with issues facing students in higher education.

  5. Experience and active interest in working within a multi disciplinary team, particularly one where both a psychodynamic and cognitive behaviour approach are widely practised.

  6. Experience of incorporating evidence on best practice into clinical work and training courses.

  7. Evidence of ability to take an active part in the educational and developmental role of the service and in particular to be able to make complex theoretical concepts accessible to a lay audience.

  8. Evidence of ability to identify training needs and design and develop in-service training accordingly.

  9. Evidence of a flexible approach, with excellent planning and organisational skills.

  1. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills.

Desirable Criteria:

  1. Experience of delivering supervision.

  2. Experience of working with young adults and, in particular, in a higher education setting.

  3. Experience of playing an active role in organisational development.

  4. Experience of using recognised instruments for the evaluation of counselling and training.

  5. Experience of delivering group work.

Working at the University of Oxford

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How to apply

If you consider that you meet the selection criteria, click on the Apply Now button on the ‘Job Details’ page and follow the on-screen instructions to register as a user. You will then be required to complete a number of screens with your application details, relating to your skills and experience. When prompted, please provide details of two referees and indicate whether we can contact them at this stage. You will also be required to upload a CV and supporting statement. The supporting statement should describe what you have been doing over at least the last 10 years.  This may have been employment, education, or you may have taken time away from these activities in order to raise a family, care for a dependant, or travel for example.  Your application will be judged solely on the basis of how you demonstrate that that you meet the selection criteria outlined above and we are happy to consider evidence of transferable skills or experience which you may have gained outside the context of paid employment or education.
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All applications must be received by midday on the closing date stated in the online advertisement.
Information for Priority Candidates
A priority candidate is a University employee who is seeking redeployment owing to the fact that he or she has been advised that they are at risk of redundancy, or on grounds of ill-health/disability. Priority candidates are issued with a redeployment letter by their employing departments and this letter must be attached to any application they submit.

The priority application date for this post is midday on Friday 3 May 2013

Full details of the priority application process are available at:

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