Head of Counselling Services

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Red Brow Ln , Warrington
£33,047 - £36,499 pro rata, dependant upon qualifications and experience. Actual salary for working 25 hours per week £23,605 - £26,070.

We are seeking to employ a part time Head of Counselling Services.

The job description, person specification and application form can be downloaded from the Diocesan website: https://www.chester.anglican.org/support-services/job-vacancies/other-vacancies/head-of-counselling-services.php

Informal telephone conversations with the Director of Social Responsibility, Mrs Debbie Dalby, are welcome on 01928 718834.

Completed application forms should be returned to Mrs E A Geddes, Diocesan Director of Human Resources, Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Warrington, WA4 4GE or liz.geddes@chester.anglican.org

Closing date: Sunday 7th July 2019

Interviews will be held on: Monday 22nd July 2019

Hours of work: 25 hours (Flexible – some evening/weekend work may be required).

Normal place of work: Church House, Daresbury (additional work base (s) to be negotiated).

Salary: £33,047 - £36,499 pro rata, dependant upon qualifications and experience.

Actual salary for working 25 hours per week £23,605 - £26,070.

An Occupational Requirement exists for the post-holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act.

To maintain and develop the Diocesan Counselling Service for clergy, their families, licensed workers and actively engaged lay church members.

To offer support and training on good practice in pastoral care for clergy and parishes.

To facilitate and develop awareness and resources in Mental Health and to offer a range of support including training for the well being of clergy and others.

To appoint counsellors and provide for their supervision and continuing professional development, ensuring supervision needs are met.

To receive and allocate referrals for counselling.

To provide counselling for clergy, licensed workers and lay people.

To maintain appropriate records and data.

To monitor and develop the service in keeping with evolving professional standards and requirements.

To be aware of the developments and issues in spiritual direction, the ministry of healing and ministry of deliverance, and liaise with diocesan advisors in these areas, where appropriate.

To maintain links with the Inter Diocesan Counselling Service.

To act as a consultant for clergy and lay workers in complex pastoral situations, particularly where there are concerns regarding mental health issues.

To provide specialist input into the Mental Health Forum and ensure the resourcing and equipping of clergy and parishes on mental health issues through this group.

To provide specialist input on professional good practice to parishes, setting up local counselling/pastoral care schemes and provide opportunities for training when required / appropriate.

To promote a range of strategies for the well being of clergy and their spouses through diocesan training and other opportunities.

To prepare annual reports on the work undertaken for the CSR Committee.

To attend CSR staff and other relevant meetings.

To speak at appropriate services and meetings.

To undertake training as required.

To carry out other such duties of a similar or related nature as may be required.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An accredited counsellor / psychotherapist with an appropriate professional qualification
  • Experienced in managing a varied counselling workload
  • A practising member of the Church of England or a member church of CTBI

An enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required for the successful candidate.

An Occupational Requirement exists for the post-holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act.

The work of the Chester Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) is operated from within Church House and is located at Daresbury Park, Warrington.

The DBF is the body which oversees the central financial and administrative work of the Diocese of Chester, provides support, teaching and trained personnel to advance the mission and ministry of the parishes within the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and the mission and ministries of the bishops of the Diocese.

The DBF is part of the Church of England, the established Church of the land, which proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and aims to proclaim the Kingdom of God in an open way to all people, of all races, cultures and backgrounds.

For many posts within the Diocese those who are not members of the Church of England are welcome to apply. We respect their right to express different religious and philosophical opinions but require them, as employees of the Diocese, to respect our ethos as an Anglican Christian organisation and not to undermine it. These posts will require the post-holders to be in sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England.

Some posts may include an Occupational Requirement for the post holder to be a practising Christian in accordance with the Equality Act, 2010. Where this applies the recruitment documentation will state this.

The Diocese of Chester is in the province of York in the Church of England, part of the global Anglican Communion. For more information about our life, ministry and work please visit our website www.chester.anglican.org We are linked with the Anglican Church of Melanesia in the Solomon Islands and the Dioceses of Aru and Boga in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Diocese covers an area of 1025 square miles, approximately the old Victorian County of Chester, including parts which subsequently became absorbed into Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The Rivers Mersey and Tame approximately delineate the boundary with Liverpool and Manchester. There are areas of dense urban population, mainly in the north, stretching from Birkenhead to East Manchester. There are prosperous suburban regions of West and South Wirral, Chester and south of Manchester, with a mainly rural heartland, bounded by the Derbyshire Pennines and the Welsh Border. The overall population is around 1.6 million.

The diocesan bishop is Peter Forster. He is supported by two suffragan bishops: the Bishop of Birkenhead is Keith Sinclair and the position of Bishop of Stockport is currently vacant.

The Cathedral for the Diocese is in Chester.

The Diocese is divided into two archdeaconries: Chester covering the western half and Macclesfield the eastern, each with nine deaneries. There are 273 parishes, about 100 of which can be described as rural. Compared with many dioceses, there are few teams, and few multi-parish benefices. There are approximately 231 stipendiary clergy. The ministry of Readers and Pastoral Workers is important, with over 400 licensed. The role of self-supporting ministers is increasing, with over 80 in post at present.

Roughly speaking, the Archdeaconry of Macclesfield covers that part of the diocese to the east of the M6, plus the area around Crewe and Nantwich. The Archdeaconry of Chester covers the rest of the diocese to the west of the M6. Each archdeaconry has a broad mix of urban and rural parishes. The Archdeacon of Chester lives in Chester, and the Archdeacon of Macclesfield lives in Congleton. Both now work from Church House, Daresbury.