Local hospice care charity Phyllis Tuckwell will be holding a Student Counsellor Recruitment Event on Saturday 4th November, from 9.30am to 2pm. At the end of the event, the successful students will be offered a two-year student counsellor placement with Phyllis Tuckwell, which provides supportive and end of life care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer.

The Recruitment Day is for those who have undertaken and successfully passed training in levels 1, 2 & 3 (or equivalent) in counselling skills and are embarking on a Level 4 Diploma or Foundation Degree (as a minimum) in Counselling through a recognised training institution this September. Please see the following link for information guidance on this: www.bacp.co.uk/careers/careers-in-counselling/training. Additionally, they must be able to attend the supervision sessions which will be provided by Phyllis Tuckwell on either a Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Recruitment Day will take place at Headway House in Farnham, an office facility which Phyllis Tuckwell will be using whilst it is building its new Hospice. The day will be structured into an initial meet and greet session, incorporating a brief overview of Phyllis Tuckwell and its services. Applicants will be asked to take part in small personal development groups, engage in individual skills sessions with a ‘client’ and two observers, and provide an individual written critique of a case study. There will also be an opportunity for a question-and-answer session.

“We are proud to offer a very supportive learning environment within our team of experienced counsellors and we take our educative role very seriously,” says Claire Tune, Trainer and Volunteer Counselling Supervisor at Phyllis Tuckwell. “We offer our students ongoing support throughout their two-year training, regular supervision with a qualified supervisor (in line with BACP requirements), provide written feedback and reports as required, and offer all students the opportunity to attend any CPD training we may hold.”

Those who are offered a placement can initially expect to work with bereaved adults whose loved one was cared for by Phyllis Tuckwell. Their work and progress will be closely monitored, and as they develop as a counsellor they will progress to working with carers and possibly also patients. Phyllis Tuckwell abides by and works within the BACP ethical framework.

If you are interested in applying to attend this event, please email voluntary.services@pth.org.uk and mark your email ‘FAO Claire Tune’, to request an application form. Places are limited and attendance to the recruitment event is by invitation only. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 4pm on Friday 20th October.

Following the recruitment day, successful applicants will be notified no later than 5pm on Friday 10th November. Successful applicants will be required to attend training on Saturdays 6th, 13th and 20th January 2024, and additional IT training.

To find out more about Phyllis Tuckwell, visit www.pth.org.uk.