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Counselling Placement Scheme

Alliance Psychological Services offers a Counselling placement scheme in school settings within our Children and Young people’s service area.

Alliance Child and Family Team offer a placement scheme for trainees who are currently undertaking a Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy or a course providing an equivalent level of training such as a Foundation degree or Counselling Psychology Doctorate Programme. Many placement settings will be within schools and colleges and will be working with children and young people aged 8-18. 

How the Placement works

  • You will be placed in a school for half to one day per week during term time, with support from a qualified and highly skilled team.
  • All of our schools are based within Stockton, Billingham and Hartlepool and it can be agreed with you which would be the most appropriate setting.
  • Start at any point in the school year that fits with your studies or schedule.

Benefits of a placement with Alliance

  • Trainees accepted on placement will have access to supervision, case management and training.
  • Experience top-tier support with our programme – You’ll receive expert guidance from a clinical supervisor, a dedicated buddy for assistance, and efficient administrative support. Plus, gain access to advanced training and collaborate with experienced psychological therapists to enhance your learning journey.
  • Over 50% of our placements counsellors gain full time employment with us after their placement and have since gone on to do additional CYP-IAPT qualifications.

Entry requirements

To apply for a Counselling Placement, you need to have completed or be studying towards a:

  • Diploma in Counselling (Level 4 or above in England and Wales, or equivalent diploma at SCQF Level 9-11 in Scotland)
  • Degree or Masters in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Art Therapy.

Some courses do not accept child counselling hours, so please check with your tutor before applying.

We also welcome trained counsellors, therapists and counselling/clinical psychologists willing to give their time to support our valuable work.

We encourage applications from different backgrounds and communities.

Once we’ve assessed your application, we may invite you for an interview. If you are successful, we will arrange for you to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service DBS or Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. Successful trainees then attend an induction programme provided by Alliance prior to beginning the placement.  Trainees are also be expected to attend any relevant training offered by Alliance during the period of this placement.

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