Mental Health Specialist Counsellor
We are recruiting for a Mental Health Specialist Counsellor to join our organisation. This role is currently temporary until the end of September 2022.
It is 15 hours a week over office hours, Monday to Friday. The pay rate for this role is £10353 p.a.
Overall Purpose of Job
Work as part of a team to support Ongo tenants and disadvantaged people from our communities, focusing on those with mental health issues, to develop the confidence and skills to move forward and make a real difference in their wellbeing.
Use specialist life coaching/counselling skills to deliver a consistent, high-quality range of supportive interventions, based on individuals’ needs, promoting wellbeing and recovery in order to help clients to develop the necessary life skills and overcome the barriers that prevent progression to employability, and potentially employment, including self-employment.
As an integral member of the Ongo Talk team, assist individuals with mental health issues to access social opportunities and potentially employment, retain their jobs and regain their self-confidence and independence.
Work towards and exceed targets relating to the agreed number of social justice outcomes, work placements, training and jobs achieved.
Contribute towards the achievement of Ongo Communities strategic and operational targets and overall company aims.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Engage people with mental health problems and establish trusting, collaborative relationships.
- Establish relationships and work on a one-to-one basis, counselling individuals to help remove personal barriers, grow in confidence and gain new skills through a range of interventions that promote wellbeing and recovery, undertaking regular review meetings and maintain a written individual plan for each client.
- Assess clients’ support needs; implementing and adjusting individual plans as necessary to support each client’s desired outcomes.
- Develop and deliver a range of practical services to meet clients’ needs including career guidance, job searching, CV preparation, interview skills, individual coping techniques or work coaching.
- Facilitate access to expert financial advice on welfare benefits and ‘access to work’ resources.
- Provide ongoing and time unlimited coaching support to employed clients to ensure sustainment of targeted employment outcomes.
- Source and maintain up to date information on employment, labour market issues and local services, sharing with team members to inform client service.
- Maintain accurate and up to date records of activity and outcomes in line with service requirements.
- Work with partner organisations and other professionals to provide support to each customer
- Work as part of the team to advertise the service, including social media marketing, using case studies, and representing the company at events as appropriate.
- To participate in personal support and supervision, undertake personal development training as appropriate to the post.
- Undertake other duties and responsibilities appropriate to the grading of the post as considered appropriate.
Skills, Ability & Knowledge
- A relevant counselling/life coaching/IAG qualification
- Experience of providing support to people with a mental illness; or experience of providing care and/or employment support services within another social care setting.
- Understanding of the employment needs and difficulties of people who experience mental health problems and of supporting individuals to obtain and sustain employment.
- The ability to make a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s situation and needs
- To develop, implement and review risk management plans and devise support plans and activities to meet these needs.
- Excellent interpersonal & communication skills (face to face, by telephone)
- Organisational ability to handle multiple priorities, act quickly and decisively, work to changing deadlines and pay attention to detail
- A good team player.
- Good general education including numeracy, literacy and writing skills
- Ability to use a range of IT packages including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, PowerPoint, Outlook, email, and the internet
- A strong commitment towards Equality and Diversity principles
- Willing to work flexibly in response client’s needs, including occasional out- of-office hours
- Ability to transport yourself across North Lincolnshire
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
- Experience within a training or community learning environment
- Ability to work flexibly with some out of hours working including evenings and weekends where necessary
Does the above sound like your ideal next role? If so, we would love to hear from you.
Please apply directly through this advertisement.