We are an established counselling organisation that understands the needs of clients. We are also a training provider and therefore know the requirements that you need to meet to successfully complete your counselling placements.
Your contribution to our organisation and the communities we offer affordable therapy to is very much appreciated.
In return for your passion and commitment we can offer you:
Due to the nature of mental health provision in the UK we are a medium to high risk service and therefore it is essential that you have all the support in place to work safely and ethically within our counselling service.
You will need to have the following in place before you can start seeing clients at Supporting Minds.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a placement to all students that apply, therefore you may choose to wait until we have confirmed we can offer you a placement before putting in place all of the other requirements below.
Please note that we give our own students preferential access to counselling placements but we do offer placements to students from other training organisations and equally value their passion and commitment.
Once we have received your application we will be in touch within 2-3 weeks to advise you if we're able to offer you a placement.
If we're not able to offer you a placement at this time we will keep your information on file.
Reasons we may not be able to offer you a placement at this time include:
The BACP have issued some new guidance to training organisations and student counsellors on continuing with virtual placements post pandemic.
The BACP recognise that clients and organisations will be continuing to offer virtual couselling appointments as well as returning to face to face provision.
Your core training must include training on working remotely with clients and your college must confirm to the BACP that you have completed a mixture of online and face to face counselling sessions. Please check with your training provider that you can undertake a virtual placement before completing the application form.
If your course requires 100 hours of supervised placement hours, at least 51 hours must be conducted face to face (ie in the room).
If you are studying with Supporting Minds we will always try to offer you a placement. Please note that you will still need to follow the application process detailed above.
To meet the BACP virtual placement requirements we will offer you training, as part of your studies, on working virtually with clients and confirm with the BACP that this has been completed.
To enhance your experience and employability options post qualification we will always encourage you to seek placements outside of Supporting Minds too but this is not mandatory.