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Student Volunteer Sexual Trauma Counsellor

Placement Counsellor Roles Responsibilities and Person Spec

Placement Counsellor Application Form

Student  Sexual Trauma Counsellor

Roles and Responsibilities

Location:           Telford/ Shrewsbury

Reports to:        Placement Counsellor Lead


To work with adults, who have experienced any form of sexual abuse at any time in their life, by offering a range of therapeutic interventions via face-to-face counselling in keeping with trauma informed principles.

A trauma sensitive approach is needed, working with people to avoid crisis and the risk of re-traumatisation and to help build confidence and resilience that enable people to engage with the counselling process.

Duties and responsibilities


  • Complete assessments including ongoing risk assessment and management, one to one counselling, case formulation and assessing the appropriateness of counselling for clients in collaboration with Placement Counsellor Lead.
  • Provide counselling to clients in line with Axis guidelines.
  • Maintain accurate electronic and appropriate paper records of clinical work and provide appropriate statistical returns as required.
  • Assist in the evaluation of the service by contributing to data collection.
  • Maintain effective time management to ensure clients are not kept waiting.
  • Engage in clinical supervision and line management requirements as specified in the Axis Supervision policy.
  • Attend meetings and/or training as required.
  • Be aware of and comply with the AXIS policies, procedures, and service standards.
  • Participate in any other activities as directed by Placement Counsellor Lead and members of Axis Management Team.
  • Ensure that all safeguarding concerns are dealt with in a consistent manner, in line with Axis’ policies and procedures.

Personal development and support

  • Attend monthly line management/casework supervision.
  • Attend fortnightly clinical supervision.
  • Attend mandatory training opportunities.
  • Maintain Continual Personal Development during the placement.
  • Adhere to the procedures and requirements of your training organisation.
  • If you are undertaking a placement with another provider at any time to be aware of Axis Confidentiality policy and procedures and Axis intellectual property rights.
  • Axis clients may only be discussed with an Axis appointed Supervisor.


  • Manage allocated clients in collaboration with Placement Counsellor Lead.
  • Daily use of IT such as Teams, Outlook and other Microsoft Office products and various internal systems.
  • Undertake any other tasks and responsibilities that fall within the nature of the role, and as required by the Placement Counsellor Lead, other members 0f the Management Team, CEO or Board of Trustees.
  • Work within the policies and procedures of Axis Counselling.
  • Promote the ethos and values of Axis Counselling.
  • Work flexibly as a member of the team and be responsive to changing needs.
  • This role will be subject to terms and conditions of a 12-month contract which will also involve a probationary period and Axis reserves the right to terminate the placement without notice.

Student  Sexual Trauma Counsellor – Person Specification

(This form indicates how the different requirements may be assessed during the selection process). 

Essential / Desirable

A – Application Form I – Interview     E= Essential    D=Desirable



Method of


Training and Experience
Be confirmed as ‘fit to practice’ by counselling course tutor prior to starting counselling. E X
Be a current student member of the BACP or equivalent. E X
Understanding our sector by demonstrating an understanding of sexual assault and sexual abuse services and sexual trauma research and development. D X
Demonstrate an understanding of   the impact of historic and recent sexual violence and current theories and practice to support survivors D X
Axis is an organisational member of the BACP, so an understanding of confidentiality and ethical boundaries as defined by the BACP Ethical Framework 2018 is needed. E X
Become familiar with the aims and values of Axis Counselling Service E X
Be open to change and new challenges, adaptable, flexible in approach and providing client hours; prepared to explore new ways of working. e.g Microsoft Teams 0n-line counselling. E X X
Through mandatory training which will include reading Policies and Procedures maintain confidentiality appropriate to the setting and abide by AXIS confidentiality E X X
Will engage in following Axis record keeping and administrative policies and procedures for case notes. E X
Engage in mandatory training to understand and manage risk and handling safeguarding concerns. E X X
Ensure service evaluation and development requirements are followed. E X
To provide client hours per week as agreed with Placement Counsellor Lead E X X
To engage in line management/case supervision as required by Axis Counselling. E X
To attend training sessions provided by Axis Counselling and access independent CPD to enhance skills and experience. E X
To undertake an Enhanced DBS. (It’s on the application form) E X
Personal attributes
Ability to work within a time limit (counselling sessions last 50 minutes) E X
Effective oral and written communication skills. E X X
Well-developed interpersonal and people skills. E X
Able to organise, plan and prioritise own work. E X
Ability to undertake continual assessment of clients D X
Knowledge and experience in using IT (including Salesforce, Teams, Outlook, and other Microsoft Office packages) D X
Knowledge of and commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice E X
Be flexible, energetic, enthusiastic, pro-active, and self-motivated. E X
Special requirements
Eligible to work in the UK E X
Able to travel as required D X
Hold own Professional indemnity and Public Liability insurance E X

Funding and Supporters

Axis is Funded by a number of different organisations and private donations

Membership and Quality

Axis is membership of, or accredited by, a number of organisations

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