Hampshire Bridging Course – Applications Now Open
What is a Bridging Course?
This successful course was developed by Listening Ear in order to support the development of the CYP Counselling Workforce within Cheshire & Merseyside. This was to mitigate against the majority of counsellors training and gaining experience in adult counselling only as part of their formal qualification.
The LE model has been recognised within Cheshire & Merseyside Children and Young People’s Mental Health Workforce Mapping Strategy being led by North West Coast Clinical Network & Senate, NHS England and NHS Improvement – North West Region, supported by consultants Innovas.
Listening Ear has offered this Bridging Course as part of its development plan with 80% of Listening Ear’s current counselling, salaried, workforce, (based across the country, ) previously attended Listening Ear’s Bridging Course or started with Listening Ear as a volunteer counsellor.
Our Bridging course provides trained adult counsellors (or student counsellors who are about to start their 100 hrs placement,) the opportunity to attend a 5 day intensive training course to gain additional skills to work with cyp who have experienced bereavement, suicide, loss or domestic abuse.
What is Listening Ear and Amparo?
Listening Ear is a registered charity and growing social enterprise with its headquarters in Knowsley, Merseyside.
Listening Ear began in 1993 as a ‘reflective listening’ service run by community volunteers. The service grew and Listening Ear’s adult counselling became the first service in Merseyside to achieve Accredited status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), becoming a registered charity in 2006.We have retained our BACP Accreditation ever since, and remain one of only four organisations in the whole of Merseyside with the Accreditation.
We now provide support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse or facing separation and traumatic loss, counselling for adults with mild to moderate mental health problems, friendship after bereavement groups, counselling for work based mental health issues, support for looked after children and their carers, and AMPARO, a unique suicide prevention and postvention service which is the largest in the country.
Our services are focused on impact and we are proud of the difference we make to people’s lives. Our service is expanding rapidly and we operate in locations across the country.
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What do I need to do to apply?
Please send your completed CV to HR@listening-ear.co.uk by the closing date of Monday 18th September at 09:00am.
Please read through this information carefully before submitting your application:
If successful in securing an interview, you will be sent Zoom/ Teams log in details with your interview date and time included. Interviews will be in the form of Q&A’s and will take 50 mins to 1hr including time for you to ask any questions you may have.
Yes. For student counsellors who have a requirement to complete 100 hrs of placement as part of their existing study. For qualified counsellors working within an organisation, there is a requirement to then complete 100 hrs placement working with children and young people within your own organisation
As part of our secured funding, we are welcoming applications from candidates covering the following areas:
- New Forest
- Isle of Wight
Listening Ear’s Amparo service has secured funding for 15 free places on this Bridging Course. We would like to build capacity within local organisations and therefore would be interested to receive applications from counsellors or trainee counsellors who meet the criteria.
Listening Ear will not fund your external clinical supervision .There is a requirement for students to access external, clinical Supervision with a qualified External Clinical Supervisor once placement commences. The External Clinical Supervisor must evidence having current working experience of counselling children and young people and of supporting counselling students on placement. External Clinical supervisors must have insurance in place.
Listening Ear will be providing all attendees with monthly, remote, group student support sessions for all Bridging Students for the first 3 months following completion of this training. Students must have their own external clinical supervision in place prior to working with children and young people.
Your CV will be shortlisted and if successful you will be invited to attend an online interview.
Yes there is no flexibility and you will be required to attend the core training days. This is an intensive 5 day training course held in person with all training handouts, activity based materials and resources provided. Each day of the training will prepare students for the next day of course content.
Training will take place over 5 days from Monday 2nd October 2023- Friday 6th October 2023 (inc) and will delivered in person from The Wells Centre, Eastleigh, Hampshire. (Attendees must attend all 5 days)
Training will take place over 5 days from Monday 2nd October through to Friday 6th October 2023 inclusive. Each day will start at 9.30am so students will be asked to arrive for 9.15am. The course will finish each day at 4.45-5pm.
What have other people who have completed the Bridging Course said about it?
- 89% of respondents rated the training 5 Excellent and 11% chose a score of 4.
- 87% of respondents scored the training ‘5 Tremendous Difference or 4’ in relation to the extent they expected the training to make a difference to the way they did their job.
- 100% said that they would recommend this training to a colleague or other professional.
- ‘I think the training was of an exceptional high standard and as an in house trainer I have also taken ideas away about my delivery of that’.
- ‘No improvements required! It was delivered at the right level and both Tracy and the kind gent supporting her did a brilliant job. When Tracy put the information across in examples, it really brought home what these children and YP are going through and their thought processes and how to support them’.
- ‘The only thing I would ask for is more of this!!!’
- ‘I think this training was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the way it was presented. A great mix of facts and knowledge as well as real life scenarios so we could relate the facts to reality’.
- ‘Amazing trainers, knowledgeable and held space for all. Great location, great lunch but amazingly impressed with the standard of the resource folder, absolutely epic!’