Wellbeing ASC / LD Specialist Counsellor


Recruiting Organisation: YMCA DownsLink Group

Working hours: 37 hours a week
Salary: £30,210 per annum pro rata
Contract: Fixed-term until 31 January 2023
Location: Hove, East Sussex


YMCA DownsLink Group is a charity working to transform the lives of vulnerable young people, working to prevent youth homelessness and provide a home to 763 young people every night. They reach a further 10,000 young people and their families through our other key services, such as counselling, support and advice, mediation and youth work. This is challenging yet rewarding work that helps the young people they support to belong, contribute, and thrive.

The Wellbeing Service is a collaboration between YMCA DLG, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and Southdown. As part of the Children & Young People’s (CYP) Wellbeing Service, YMCA DLG offer a range of short-term interventions tailored to young people’s presenting needs and age.


The Role:

They are looking for a full-time (37 hours per week) Wellbeing Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) / Learning Disabilities (LD) Specialist Counsellor on a fixed-term contract until 31 January 2023, with the possibility of extension to join their experienced and enthusiastic counselling team working within the CYP Wellbeing Service. The post-holder will work closely with the Wellbeing Team Manager and wider team to ensure that the service delivery is high quality.

  • You will carry out individual mental health assessments with children and young people (aged 4 – 24) in local settings and support triage to the relevant treatment option.
  • You will also deliver 1-1 and groupwork counselling sessions to young people waiting for counselling support within the Wellbeing Service.
  • In addition, you will support parents / adult caregivers in their understanding of the referral and treatment process, as appropriate, in a professional and compassionate manner.

Your expected working pattern will include Monday 12-8pm, Tuesday 9am-5pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 10am-6pm and Friday 9am-4:30pm. This will be a face-to-face role based in Brighton & Hove.


Who You Are:

You will have a Graduate or Post Graduate level Counselling Diploma of 2 years minimum duration including personal counselling or psychotherapy, and BACP Accreditation/eligibility for accreditation or BACP Registration, or be accredited with other relevant professional bodies (UKCP/HCP).

  • You will have experience in individual counselling with children & young people (aged 4 – 12); with further experience, knowledge and skills of working with children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition and/or Learning Difficulties.
  • In addition, you will have safeguarding knowledge and commitment to Trauma-Informed practice.

As an organisation, they are committed to the continued professional development of all colleagues, providing an extensive programme of formal learning opportunities and supported by an organisational wide culture of learning.

As part of their commitment to being a Trauma-Informed Organisation, all frontline staff have access to regular group Reflective Practice Supervision and for therapeutic roles, they offer clinical supervision.


How to Apply:


You can apply via website link here.

Please download a job pack from the same page for more information about other benefits offered.

If you would like an informal discussion about this post, please contact: conrad.foote@ymcadlg.org


YMCA DownsLink Group welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They value diversity and promote inclusion, which they demonstrate through their activities, as well as in their policies and working practices. Reinforced by their culture and values, they seek to create an inspiring and inclusive place to work.

YMCA DLG requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond proactively to safeguarding concerns. Successful applicants are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

For questions regarding this role or to request another application format: please email at recruitment@ymcadlg.org


Closing Date: 19 May 2022



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