Honorary Counsellor Placements

Status: Not Currently Recruiting

The Service offers a limited number of high quality honorary placements every year and these are managed in accordance with BACP guidelines for University and College Counselling Services. 

Service Philosophy

The University Counselling Service aims to offer an effective, professional and confidential service to students of the university, in accordance with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. 

Placement Hours

The placement is usually for one academic year, commencing in October and is available on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 5pm and 8pm during the University term time.  There may be some capacity to see clients during the normal working day.  Placements can be extended to a second year and we are developing our offer to include some CPD training.  During vacations, honorary counsellors can arrange to see their clients during the day but this is subject to room availability.


Regular small group supervision is provided by experienced counsellors within the Service. There is no charge and it is available for the duration of the honorary counsellor’s placement. Attendance of supervision is essential and will not  be on the placement day.

Selection Criteria

  1. A relevant professional qualification in counselling, psychotherapy or clinical psychology.
  2. Experience of providing counselling or psychotherapy and working towards accreditation.
  3. Some understanding of academic related issues and difficulties in the learning process within a university environment, for example, through personal experience of having been a student.
  4. Applicants will need to disclose if they are or have been a client of any counsellor currently working in the Service.  If this is the case, the counsellor concerned will be asked if they have any concerns regarding boundaries, and if the counselling contract has been ended satisfactorily. 
  5. Arrangements for personal support are in place, preferably through being a client in personal therapy.

Application Process

  1. Applicants are invited to contact Dale Kitchen, Trainee and Placement Lead at dale.kitchen@sheffield.ac.uk for an application pack.
  2. Applicants will be asked to submit a current CV detailing qualifications and relevant experience.
  3. Applicants should also supply the name and contact details (including an email address) for two referees, one of whom must be in a position to comment on the applicant’s ability to engage in a therapeutic relationship (a recent or current supervisor, for example).
  4. Suitable applicants will then be invited for an interview and to discuss practical and other arrangements.
  5. Successful applicants will be recommended to the Head of Service for an honorary counsellor position in the University of Sheffield Counselling Service.

Successful candidates will be asked to provide evidence of their membership to a professional ethical body (for example, the BACP) and are required to present a cleared Disclosure and Barring Service check before starting their placement.  The University's HR Department will help in this respect.

There will be some online training to complete before starting work with students and this is in addition to attending two induction meetings.

Although covered by the University’s employer liability insurance and public liability insurance, honorary counsellors are encouraged to arrange their own professional indemnity insurance during their placement.