Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Department of PPS

University of Essex

United Kingdom

October 12, 2022


Job title

Lecturer in Psychotherapy and Counselling, Department of PPS

Job reference


Application closing date





£43,414 - £51,805 per annum, pro-rata

Employment type

Permanent, Fixed-term, Part-time

Job category/type

Academic, Education



Job description


The Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (PPS) is recognised internationally as one of the leading Departments for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, culture and society and the many psychosocial factors which influence our lives.

Our degrees and research focus on the intrapsychic, interpersonal and psychosocial engagement with issues of immediate contemporary relevance in society, culture, care, refugees, race, gender and sexualities, politics, management and organisational functioning, childhood, and mental health and wellbeing. Our transformative programme of education and research aims to have a positive impact on society and ultimately to transform it. Ours is an exciting department undergoing a period of expansion in teaching programmes, student numbers, research activities and academic staff.

There are two positions available. The first is permanent part-time for 18 hours per week starting from 2 January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The second is fixed-term until 31 August 2023 for 7.2 hours per week. Applicants may be considered for both positions or just the one and are encouraged to state clearly on your application the contract type for which you wish to be considered. Appointment will be made to teaching only (ASE) contracts.

Duties of the Role

You will contribute to teaching in the areas of Psychodynamic Counselling, Psychoanalytic Observation, and Reflective Practice. In addition, you will undertake placement visits, supervise and support UG and MA students in their research projects and fulfil any assessment and examination duties.

Lecturers are required to contribute to excellence in education by designing and delivering, substantive and effective teaching and learning support at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and engage in individual and/or collaborative scholarship and professional practice activity which contributes to an excellent standard of publications.

A full list of duties and responsibilities can be found within the job pack.

Qualifications and Skills required

You will possess a Masters level degree in Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Counselling or equivalent professional experience or practice and be a qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychodynamic counsellor. In addition, membership of the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (a college of the UK Council for Psychotherapy), the British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling or an equivalent organisation is essential.

You will have experience in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, or demonstrable potential to achieve this, experience of designing and planning of learning activities and developing effective learning environments and knowledge and scholarly interest in psychoanalytic perspectives on childhood.

It is also essential that you possess the ability and willingness to play an active part in the administration of the department and extra-curricular departmental activities.

Our Department and University are committed to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter and creating a working environment that embraces equality and diversity. We particularly welcome applications from those who are from an ethnic minority, or identify as female or non-binary, to improve their representation in PPS.

To support this commitment we have our Global Forum, a staff-led network that promotes and celebrates the rich cultural diversity among Essex staff, and our Colchester campus based Faith Centre, which hosts regular services, meetings and events organised by our chaplains and faith representatives. For more information see: https: // www. essex.ac.uk/life/student-facilities/religion-and- faith

Please see the attached job pack, which contains a full job description and person specification, which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role plus more information relating to the post. We recommend you read this information carefully before making an application. Applications should be made on-line, but if you would like advice or help in making an application, or need information in a different format, please email the Resourcing Team (resourcing@essex.ac.uk).

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