Associate Professor (Counselling and Psychotherapy) (106472-0922) . Job Reference: 1887962

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 9, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category



Centre for Lifelong Learning


£53,353 - £61,823 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

Counselling & Psychotherapy at Warwick is a successful, and growing curriculum area with a reputation for quality; delivered by a nationally recognised team. We are seeking to appoint a new member of staff to join our dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic Counselling & Psychotherapy team to course lead, and teach principally on either our undergraduate (BA (Hons.) Person Centred Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship BA (Hons.), and the new BA (Hons.) Counselling and the Psychotherapeutic Relationship) or postgraduate (MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling) professional trainings, as well as to teach on a range of Counselling and Psychotherapy courses where required. You will join a dynamic and growing team delivering a suite of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate studies as well as other continuing professional development courses and short courses. The programmes are moving to a more Integrative therapeutic base to reflect an evolving field and meet the needs of the diverse and sometimes complex needs of clients. The successful applicant will need to be able therefore to lead, and deliver, teaching and learning on Integrative counselling and psychotherapeutic accredited programmes, while demonstrating capacity to teach on our remaining person-centred programmes.

You will also be responsible for overseeing all aspects of one of these programmes including course administration, team guidance and support for professional development, student placement and curriculum development, as well as liaison with professional accreditation bodies.

To be successful you will have excellent communication (oral and written) and presentation skills, relevant teaching experience, and the ability to facilitate counselling and psychotherapy training groups. You will be an experienced psychotherapist or counsellor. You will need BACP or UKCP registration and will possess or be working towards a PhD in Counselling and Psychotherapy or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional or academic standing and will preferably be published in the field.

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To provide strategic and operational leadership for a programme within the Centre for Lifelong Learning's counselling and Psychotherapy provision. You will be course leader for either the undergraduate of postgraduate programme(s) and provide oversight for all aspects of this. You will undertake teaching in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its teaching reputation, both internally and externally. Apply knowledge of a range of therapeutic modalities and approaches, alongside person centred, in teaching and facilitating student learning and development as well as in supporting colleagues in promoting high quality student learning experiences and innovative teaching and facilitation. Provide course leadership, manage course administration, student placement responsibilities and liaison with professional accreditation bodies as required. Design teaching material and deliver either across a range of modules or within a subject area. Lead and collaborate in curriculum development. You will be required to contribute to both research and knowledge exchange agenda related to counselling and psychotherapy.


The responsibilities of the post holders will comprise the following:

• Provide strategic direction in areas of counselling and psychotherapy provision, either at UG and/or PG levels.

• Lead colleagues within the counselling and psychotherapy team to ensure that the programme is delivered effectively, agreeing objectives and work plans.

• Collaborate with the Director of counselling and psychotherapy programmes in the effective oversight of teaching, learning and staff management and support.

• Develop and apply innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.

• Undertake curriculum design and deliver material across a range of modules using appropriate teaching, learning support and assessment methods, reviewing and improving as required.

• Design student support materials and maintaining learning and assessment through online platforms (i.e., Moodle).

• Take responsibility for academic duties (i.e., setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students, managing placement requirements) required to sustain the delivery of high-quality teaching.

• Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects, field trips and placements, where appropriate.

• Contribute to the development of departmental and subject teaching and learning strategies.

• Work in conjunction with others to apply subject knowledge to practice.

• Collaborate with colleagues, including tasks such as mentoring and peer observation in order to promote their learning and development.

• Engage in subject, professional, pedagogic and practitioner research and other scholarly activities in areas of counselling and psychotherapy.

• Fulfil administrative duties associated with a programme of counselling and psychotherapy education including ensuring adherence to PSRB requirements (BACP/UKCP), including leading and securing course re-accreditation requirements, and other external regulations.

• Contribute to the efficient management and administration of the Department, by performing administrative duties as allocated by the Head and by taking on appropriate Departmental responsibilities including budgetary management Supervise PhD students.

The above are not intended to be an exhaustive list but give guidance as to the parameters of the position. The post holders will be expected to be flexible in their duties.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree and possession of a PhD, Masters or equivalent in a relevant discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop teaching programmes and the provision of learning support or of teaching methods and techniques to work within own area. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 3

Experience of professional practice in counselling and psychotherapy (a, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Full practitioner registration with UKCP or BACP. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Proven course leadership skills and the ability to work as a member of a team. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Proven ability and major achievements in teaching, demonstrated by consistently high quality and a substantial record in teaching. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

In-depth understanding of own specialism to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 8

Evidence of successful course and programme development and development of innovative teaching strategies. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Pedagogic leadership and specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop teaching programmes and the provision of learning support. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 10

Understanding of counselling and psychotherapy PSRB regulations and requirements and knowledge of current developments in the discipline. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 11

Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching and counselling practice. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 12

Engaged in continuous professional development. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 13

Excellent interpersonal skills. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 14

Good quality publications in relevant professional and academic journals. (a)

Desirable Criteria 1

Teacher training qualification. (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Understanding of GDPR legislation and the principles of information security. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

A good level of IT skills to include use of standard software such as Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, etc. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Experience of using online teaching platforms (such as Moodle, Blackboard etc…). (a, c)

Further Particulars

The counselling and psychotherapy course provision is well established within the Centre for Lifelong Learning and offers undergraduate and postgraduate professional training routes as well as a number of short introductory and CPD oriented courses for those in the profession or those considering training in the field. The successful applicant would be joining a thriving department and team (in counselling and psychotherapy as well as across CLL) with strong interests in research and further course development.

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

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Closing Date

9 Oct 2022

About the employer

The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The university was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. The Warwick Business...