Clinical Placements / Volunteer Counsellors

Closing date is: 
24 Apr 2015
The Rainbow Project is recruiting qualified counselling volunteers, and/or clinical placements currently in training who can facilitate co-cultural counselling for lesbian, gay and bisexual women and trans clients.
Clinical Placements / Volunteer Counsellors

Role Title:                            Clinical Placement or Volunteer Counsellor

Responsible To:                  Board of Trustees

Line Manager:                     Director

Reports to:                          TBC

Location:                              Belfast and/or Foyle

Hours:                                  A commitment of 3 sessional hours and 1 admin hour per week for a 12 month placement.

Additional time commitment is required for mandatory day-time organisational induction, training, clinical supervision & occasional organisation residential.

Due to the nature of this position, namely directly supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans clients, this post is exempt under the sex discrimination (Northern Ireland) order (1976) Section 10-(2) (e).  This post also has a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for the appointed person to be either lesbian or trans.  This complies with the GOR requirements of the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (NI) 2003.

In 2011-2012 the Board and Membership of The Rainbow Project took the decision to expand the remit of organisation from a Gay and Bisexual men’s organisation to a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans organisation.  The organisation subsequently produced a three year strategic plan to support the organisation in this transition and to support its development into an organisation working to meet the needs of this client group.

The Rainbow Project has been delivering Co-Cultural Gay Affirmative Therapy to gay and bisexual men and those questioning their sexual orientation for over fifteen years.  In light of the strategic direction and plan of The Rainbow Project and in response to Objective 1.2 of the plan (to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans people have access to LGB&/T affirmative and/or co-cultural mental health services) The Rainbow Project is expanding its co-cultural counselling delivery, to ensure that co-cultural counselling is accessible to LGB&/T people and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity, and to increase the organisation’s competitiveness as a counselling organisation.  The Rainbow Project’s counsellors have been working with women and trans people over the past three years. The Rainbow Project is currently seeking funding to support the expansion of its current counselling service to further meet the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual women and Trans clients.  Until funding is secured, the organisation is recruiting qualified counselling volunteers, and/or clinical placements currently in training who can facilitate co-cultural counselling for lesbian, gay and bisexual women and trans clients.

The Rainbow Project is committed to best practice in counselling and all other therapeutic interventions, as well as volunteer, staff and practitioner working environments.  The organisation is committed to the belief that every person has the right to appropriate support which should be high quality, independent and confidential.  The organisation’s values are Gay Affirmative; Sex Positive; Gender Aware; Evidence Led; Rights Based; Holistic; Innovative; Expert; and Inclusive

Contact Information
John O'Doherty
9-13 Waring Street
Belfast
BT1 2DX
02890319030