VOLUNTEER​ PLACEMENTS 

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER? 

Because we rely almost entirely on volunteers we make every effort to support the people who work for us with experience,  one to one support, and training opportunities. 

If you are qualified or in training to be a counsellor or psychological therapist and would like to volunteer as a therapist then please contact us.  

You must be studying to at least Level 4 in an appropriate qualification, and authorized to practice by your course provider/tutor. 

If you are a qualified therapist (at level 4 or above, and with at least 100 hours of therapeutic practice) then we would be very happy for you to volunteer with us. 

For therapeutic professionals we offer a wide range of training to help with your specialist skills. 

If you are not a therapist and would like to volunteer your skills we are always in need of more help with events, marketing, research, and more,  please get in touch! 

APPLY FOR A COUNSELLING PLACEMENT 

Qualified counsellors can apply at any time of year but to manage the numbers of trainees we take on we only take counselling trainees twice a year. 

To begin counselling in April:  

You can send your application between 1st January - 28th February.  Interviews are in March each year

Placements are subject to a clear, enhanced DBS 

To begin counselling in September:  

You can send your application between 1st June - 31st July. 

Interviews are in August each year 

Placements are subject to a clear, enhanced DBS 

You can download the application below and email it to us at openminds@counsellingdoncaster.com 

All placements may be withdrawn at any time if your conduct does not fulfil our expectations of a counselling professional. 

HOW WE SUPPORT OUR VOLUNTEERS 

Naturally at Open Minds the client is our priority but in order to put the client first we  do everything we can to make sure that you are the best practitioner possible;  including training,  support,  internal supervision,  case-load management and administrative support,  a library resource and help talking through assignments or theoretical and philosophical discussions about therapy. 

The joy of Open Minds is that we have so many volunteer counsellors,  all with their own unique style and ways of working,  and with different varieties of experience. 

This means we can learn from one another and get new ideas for things which might work for our own practice. 

Each counsellor is assigned a qualified counsellor to be their an internal supervisor. This employee is known as your Practitioner Support Team Leader (PSTL) and is present at the same time you volunteer. 

 

You will continue to need an external supervisor and will be required to evidence that you attend external supervision a minimum of once a month. 

 

We require you to have external supervision because we feel it is important you have an external support you can use,  in the event that you are not happy in anyway with Open Minds. It is important that you can talk about anything in supervision. 

 

That being said we offer constant internal support at Open Minds;  you can use the Managing Director (Helen's) time and your assigned Practitioner Support Worker (Sam or Mel) when you need them, for a quick chat if you need help with ideas, interventions or feeling stuck, for questions about your practice or theories, and can also book hourly appointments if you need them for more intensive one to one support. 

You will go to your Practitioner Support Team Leader with safeguarding concerns and about client work at Open Minds. If in doubt about whether an issue counts as safeguarding, seek their opinion. 

Your PSTL will be available in the office and can be asked questions as and when needed, and formal one to one internal supervision can also be booked if required. Your PSTL is responsible for supporting you with our systems, helping you understand the purposes of and ways in which we work. For example, using our case-note templates and how to write appropriate notes. Your PSTL writes your placement report and any references on your behalf. 

Attendance of small group internal supervision and in-house training to ensure your skills to support clients are of the highest standard. Such training and support is compulsory.

 

Non-attendance at 2 supervision sessions or training sessions in a row will lead to a placement review and possible withdrawal of your placement. 

You can volunteer at Open Minds for as long as you enjoy working with us. Most of our counsellors stay on with us once they are qualified, but you are under no pressure to do so. If you do continue to volunteer after you are qualified we will make every effort to support you with finding work as a counsellor, including private practice or job roles suited to you. 

Open Minds is a Registered Charity no. 1155119 and a not-for- profit Company no. 06695828 

 

OFFICE HOURS 

We have more than 50 volunteer counsellors but despite the wonderful The National Lottery Community Fund we cannot employ enough children's counsellors to meet demand, and are very short staffed for office volunteers so please be patient;

we will get back to you as soon as we can 

ADDRESS 

28 Christchurch Road 

Doncaster 

​DN1 2QL 

openminds@counsellingdoncaster.com

TEXT US 

07765 224564 

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PHONE US 

07765 224564 
01302 344192 

FAX

We do not have a fax 

OPENING HOURS 

 

Monday - Thursday

10am to 7pm 

 

Friday and Saturday:      10am - 3pm 

Counselling, Mentoring, Training and more for adults, children, couples and families 

 

Charity no. 1155119 

Company no. 06695828 

 

​In an effort to go paperless at Open Minds please follow the link below to complete our online referral form. 

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbjOMYm3ZaUexk5U61VeOC-etGE1-8kMk6M2tRGgvdClvlig/viewform

 

Thank you for your time and we look forward to receiving the referral. 

We are very sorry for any delay in contacting us. 

 

We have 2 telephones and are also frequently contacted by e-mail for appointments,

this does mean that it can take a while to get through to us. 

 

If you phone us on 07765 224564 and leave a message (or text that number) we are likely to respond sooner. 

 

If you have left us an answerphone message,  text or e-mail and not heard back within a week we suggest phoning again. 

 

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 

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