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Senior Counsellor

Survive helps survivors of rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse rebuild their lives,
relationships and reach their potential by delivering specialist services.

Survive started in York in 1990 as a survivor-led support group for women who had
experienced child sexual abuse. They found comfort and solace in talking to others who had the shared experience of child sexual abuse. Over three decades later and Survive now offers 1-1 support work, counselling and trauma therapy in York and across North Yorkshire to any adult survivor (including male survivors) of any sexual violence including rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse. Survive also operates a helpline for those affected directly or indirectly by sexual violence and has a small library of self-help books covering a range of subjects – from
inspirational survivor stories and coping with the impact of sexual trauma to recognising and managing mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Our values of being Inclusive and Enabling, offering Hope and showing Integrity and Courageous Advocacy underpin everything we do.

Main purpose of post

As a Senior Counsellor, you will work with adult survivors of sexual violence who self-refer to
Survive or are referred to Survive by the Supporting Victims Unit under a contract funded by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).

You will oversee the administration and delivery of counselling in Harrogate and Craven as well as carrying your own caseload of clients. You will carry out initial consultations via telephone and deliver up to 10 sessions to clients face-to-face, online or over the telephone. You will work with survivors to reduce the day-to-day impact of their trauma. This post reports to the Counselling Service Manager.

Outline of main duties

The following is a summary of the key responsibilities of the post. It is not intended to be an
exhaustive list and the post-holder may be required to carry out other duties which are
appropriate to the scale and nature of the job role.

  • Conduct initial assessments with survivors via telephone and assign them to other counsellors​​
  • Provide day-to-day support to other counsellors working with survivors referred via the Supporting Victims Unit and ensure they are completing the necessary paperwork
  • Deliver 1-1 counselling to a caseload of up to 10 clients per week who are survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence
  • Be responsible for fulfilling clinical supervision and Continual Professional Development (CPD) requirements as stipulated by BACP.
  • Adhere to Survive’s ethos and follow Survive policies and procedures including (though not limited to) Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Confidentiality, data protection and information sharing.
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records of all client work in line with GDPR/data
  • protection and update Orcuma and Charity Log databases.
  • Ensure appropriate records are maintained in line with data protection.
  • Liaise with other organisations and professionals where appropriate.
  • Provide information and contribute to report writing when required.
  • Attend regular meetings with line manager to review work load and any other issues, including training and development needs.
  • Be an active member of the Counselling Team, participate in Survive team meetings and work with others to provide the best possible support and outcomes for clients.