Current Vacancies:

Children’s Psychological Well Being Practitioner (CWP) – Full time permanent position (37 ½ hours a week)

Salary: £24907 Agenda for Change band 5 comparable                                                    

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Sunderland Counselling Service for an energetic individual who holds a post graduate diploma in low intensity CBT, with experience of undertaking, planning and delivering low intensity psychological interventions. This post is to work with children from birth to 18 and their families.

The post holder will be working in a Community CAMHS locality base within Sunderland. The post holder will be engaged in the delivery and development of the service and will work with children and young people whose lives are, or have been, affected by events to such a level that it impacts upon their emotional and mental well-being.

All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Closing date Monday 27th July 2020 9am

Interviews will be held shortly after this date

For an informal discussion please contact Caroline Gardner (Senior Practitioner) on 0191 2831153

CCAMHS CWP Job Description July 2020

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Service Supervisor – Sunderland Counselling Service

Sunderland Counselling Service have been asked by Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust to assist with delivery of their Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service by providing counselling to complement the other therapies they currently offer across Durham and Darlington as part of the Talking Changes service.

Sunderland Counselling Service is seeking to appoint an experienced Supervisor who will deliver supervision to counsellors as part of this service.  In order to meet the needs of the service, we will require the post holder to provide 7.5 hours of supervision across two half days per week.

We are keen to hear from Counselling for Depression Qualified Supervisors who are BACP accredited and have experience of providing supervision to counsellors working within an IAPT service who are delivering time limited effective counselling.  The successful post holder will provide supervision to counsellors at step 3 of the IAPT stepped care model for clients experiencing mild to moderate depression.

As part of the Talking Changes Service the post holder will be a member of the wider IAPT Team and will be expected to regularly correspond with therapists and managers to ensure the most effective treatment is offered to clients.

Talking Changes Services are based across a large geographical area and the post holder must be able to travel between locations in Bishop Auckland, Durham, Darlington, Chester-Le-Street, Newton Aycliffe, Consett, Spennymoor, Seaham and Peterlee.

It is likely this post will temporarily involve home working whilst restrictions regarding COVID 19 and social distancing remain in place and therefore the post holder may be required to work confidentially from home.

The successful candidate will be entitled to Sunderland Counselling Service benefits such as 30 days’ annual leave (pro-rata), access to our 24/7 employee assistance programme, Cycle2Work Scheme, training and be part of a supportive team which emphasises the importance of continuing personal and professional development.

If you would like to have a discussion about this position please contact Marianne Guthzeit, Clinical Lead via email or Leanne Davis, Service Manager via email or via telephone, 0191 514 7007.

All completed applications are to be returned to alongside our Equal Opportunities and Diversity Form by 9am on Tuesday, 21st July.  Applications received after this time will not be considered.

SCS Talking Changes Step Three Supervisor Job description June 2020

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Trustees / Board members

 To join our board of trustees, known as the Management Committee.

SCS is a well-established and independent mental health charity and company limited by guarantee, which is acknowledged for its contribution to the community by our clients, mental health professionals, and local and regional voluntary and statutory agencies. Originally established as a bereavement counselling service, over the years the organisation has grown and developed in response to need and now provides a wide range of counselling and psychological therapy services across the North East of England.

Trustees may already have a background in the charity sector or may be new to the sector; we would be interested to hear from potential trustees from the public and private sectors. Most importantly we need our trustees to have a clear commitment to Sunderland Counselling Service and the work we do.

This is an unpaid role, but expenses are available.

All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


If you would like more information or to discuss this role, please contact Toby Sweet, Chief Executive on:

0191 514 7007 or by email

Interested applicants should submit a CV and covering letter, setting out why they are interested in the role and what they would bring to it, by email as above.

You can download a Role Description here.


 Please Note – We are not taking any volunteers at this current time.

We recruit volunteer/placement counsellors twice per year, at set times of the year.  We haven’t yet set the dates for 2020. In 2019, the two intakes were in spring and in summer. We have recently recruited the second intake for 2019. Details of our 2020 dates will be added here soon.

Further Information

Our volunteer placements are working with adults within our GP service where clients can self refer or are referred through the NHS and are offered short-term counselling, usually a maximum of six sessions. Our placements are based at John Street, Sunderland City Centre. Two references and a DBS check are required before commencing placement. We require volunteers to commit to their placement for a full year, with a minimum of two clients per week. We have flexibility in the times we can offer placements, including weekdays and evenings. We provide 1.5 hours of supervision per month at no cost to all volunteers.

Volunteers in training will need to demonstrate the appropriate level of competency to work with our clients and therefore we will only accept students with sufficient training hours on a professionally recognised counselling course.

Please note: We will not accept any applications out of the set submission dates, which we will put on the website for 2020 shortly.

If you’d like any further information on the placements we offer, please call our main office on 0191 514 7007.

How to apply (please wait for the dates for applications to be opened)

We do not accept CV applications.

Please complete our application form Volunteer Application Form 2014 and return it via email to Please complete all sections of the application form fully, paying particular attention to the general comments section so we can fully understand your skills and experience.

Please note:  We will only contact you if we believe from your application form that you may be a suitable applicant.

For all applicants please download a copy of GDPR Privacy Notice to find out more about how we use the information you provide us with with here.

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