Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling | Course Lecturer

Starting September 2024

We're looking for a Lecturer for our FdA in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited course). The FdA in Integrative Counselling (Levels 4 and 5, BACP accredited course) is a University of Worcester validated programme that prepares students to qualify as counsellors, and was written to meet the BACP Gold Book course accreditation criteria. As an FdA Lecturer you will also be connected with the University of Worcester (subject to approval) as a Registered Lecturer.

You will be working closely with the Course Lead, delivering teaching as required by the programme specifications, and will provide ongoing support for the students in your group to reach their potential. We aim at all times to offer a warm and friendly learning environment with exceptional care and support of our students, and at the same time ensuring that high academic and ethical standards are maintained. The role holder will work within the HE staff team and the wider IMC staff team, and will be mentored and supported by the FdA Course Lead

Title:  Lecturer FdA in Integrative Counselling

Location: Iron Mill College, Exeter

Hours:    1 x teaching day per week during term-time Tuesday (09.45 – 17.30) plus additional role requirements as described below, many of which can be worked from home if preferred. All staff members are required to share equally in the Open Evenings and Open Days, which are paid in addition to the stated salary.

Duration:  One year fixed-term contract, with the possibility of extension.

Salary:   £25,774 - £36,677 pro rata p.a., depending upon experience and qualifications, at a 0.275 ratio. This equates to approximately 72 paid working days per annum, 36 of which are teaching days and the remainder are to be used for course-related admin, meetings, marking and prep as described in the role descriptor. Annual leave is paid (pro-rata) in addition to this salary.

Responsible to:  FdA Course Lead

Start date:  September 2024.  A temporary hourly paid contract will also be issued between May and August to allow for induction, mentoring and handover processes, hours negotiable.

 

Selection Method:                 A 15-minute teaching session (excluding questions) and 30-minute interview.

 

Teaching Session Topic:     You have 15 minutes to deliver part of a 3-hour teaching session, appropriate for a group of first year FdA students, on one of the topics below. Please provide a brief teaching plan for the whole morning (10am-1pm) and indicate where your 15-minute teaching section would be located. You will have access to a laptop pc and projector, and a flipchart. Please let us know if you have any further specific requirements in advance.

Suggested Topics

These topics are representative of some of the subject areas in Year 1 of the FdA Course. Please select one area. You are encouraged to choose a specific title/ topic of your own, providing it relates in some way to the following areas:

  • Difference and Diversity
  • Neuroscience, Relationship and Attachment
  • Ethical Practice and the Management of Ethical Dilemmas
  • Supervision and the need for Self-Care


Job Description

Key Responsibilties

 The role-holder will:

  • Support the FdA Course Lead and Academic Administrator regarding interview of new applicants to the course;
  • Provide a high standard in teaching, learning and assessment activities across all modules, as directed by the FdA Course Lead and Year Leads, in line with the Module Specifications, the Programme Specification, and the Course Handbook;
  • Follow the teaching schedule set for the year;
  • Undertake all required administration related to the role (e.g. uploading materials to the online systems, liaising with colleagues at the University of Worcester, marking and moderation processes, responding to emails promptly etc.;
  • Attend Course Management Committees, HE staff meetings, Teaching Development Days and full staff meetings;
  • Teach to a high standard in line with the module specifications and assessments, developing resources and teaching plans as required;
  • Manage group process and development, including holding clear boundaries, supporting beginnings and endings, modelling the respect and care expected of students, and facilitating any group storming/ rupture and repair processes in a grounded, supportive, skilled and empathic manner;
  • Make full use of the online learning environments provided, including BlackBoard and the University of Worcester online library, to enhance learning and manage assignments/ feedback;
  • Participate in the marking and moderation of assessments;
  • Organise 4 x half-hour 1:1 tutorials per year to each student in your group, to take place outside of class time;
  • Provide additional learning support and development in a responsive manner and at a level suitable for each student, monitoring progress and communicating expectations clearly;
  • Undertaking an equal share in the open evening/ open day/ student interview rotas (these activities attract additional payment);
  • Support students in their personal development and awareness;
  • Liaise closely with colleagues and the FdA Course Lead;
  • Communicate clearly and promptly with colleagues at the university and within the Iron Mill College on matters relating to the programme;
  • Develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and to facilitate inspiring and memorable learning experiences; to share good practice with colleagues.

  

All teaching posts are offered subject to successful recruitment to the programme, and subject to University of Worcester approval as a Registered Lecturer. This is not an exhaustive list of duties and is subject to change.

Person specification

Qualifications

  • FdA/ Diploma in Counselling or equivalent (i.e. a course with at least 400 contact teaching hours and at least 100 hours of supervised placement)
  • A teaching qualification relevant to delivering UK Higher Education 
  • An undergraduate degree or higher

Professional Membership & activities

  • BACP Accredited Registered Members or equivalent* (*Equivalent memberships are restricted to those professional bodies relating directly to counselling and psychotherapy which either (a) are authorised PSA Register holders or (b) professional bodies for regulated professions on the HCPC Register). We may occasionally shortlist strong applicants who are working towards accreditation.
  • Currently in practice as a counsellor / psychotherapist, hold Professional Indemnity Insurance and attend monthly professional supervision
  •  Knowledge and understanding of the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions

Experience

  • A minimum of 350 hours of clinical experience as a counsellor/psychotherapist post qualifying, over a period of not less than 2 years since qualification. (We may occasionally shortlist strong applicants who are less experienced, in junior/support lecturer roles working with more experienced core lecturers).
  • Knowledge of contemporary counselling theory and research gained from regular CPD
  • Experience in preparation and delivery of teaching and support for adult learners, and management of assessment

Skills

  • Ability to teach across a variety of theoretical models, with a clear understanding of what is meant by ‘integrative’ counselling 
  • Excellent written and oral skills

Personal Qualities

  • Supportive team member 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Enthusiasm and energy for teaching and for supporting learning and development

How to apply

Please complete the application form in the downloads section and forward to jan.cavill@ironmill.co.uk

Selection Method:    A 15-minute teaching session (excluding questions) and 30-minute interview.

Teaching Session Topic:     You have 15 minutes to deliver part of a 3-hour teaching session, appropriate for a group of first year FdA students, on one of the topics below. Please provide a brief teaching plan for the whole morning (10am-1pm) and indicate where your 15-minute teaching section would be located. You will have access to a laptop pc and projector, and a flipchart. Please let us know if you have any further specific requirements in advance.

Suggested Topics

These topics are representative of some of the subject areas in Year 1 of the FdA Course. Please select one area. You are encouraged to choose a specific title/ topic of your own, providing it relates in some way to the following areas:

  • Difference and Diversity
  • Neuroscience, Relationship and Attachment
  • Ethical Practice and the Management of Ethical Dilemmas
  • Supervision and the need for Self-Care

Course Venues:   Exeter   |   Poole   

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