At NewStart formerly called the BUS-STOP we are currently seeking experienced Counsellors and we are also able to offer 'placements' to volunteer Student Counsellors, on one year term (with an initial 3 month probationary period). An Assessment interview will be required for student placement suitability, in all events.
Students must be enrolled on established or recognised courses locally, at Convergence College, and or registered with the CPFI, BPS, BACP, UKCP, or recognised equivalent. Interview with a Psychotherapist is our duty of care to the public and to students.
The Management and Supervision are established under the Convergence School of Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. The theoretical training expectation are covered within the Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Existential and Transpersonal theories, though not exclusively contained by each area of therapeutic schools mentioned.
We are loosely Integrative - Psychodynamic, Rogarian and Existential, also utilising Brief Solution Therapies where relevant, including a basic Spiritual Model converging as a holistic approach to all therapy carried out.
However, this is a completely secular course and does not prosteletyse students in any one faith, or religion, but rather encourages each to find one's own path, and offering a very large tool box to aid client work. One size does not fit everyone.
This is a level 1, 2 & 3 placement. The Levels are as follows:-
1 - Befriending only [or commonly understood as simple crisis listening].
2 - Medium term counselling [2 weeks to 6 months].
3 - Long term counselling [6 months + ].
We have client on levels at 1, 2 & 3, on the mini-bus.
However, for the more severe cases, such as 'longer term' counselling & psychotherapy, clients are usually seen by qualified and registered therapists at our, Acorn House, office training suite & typically separate counselling rooms, as seen below.
The volunteer student community at the NewStart Service will inevitably change each year and therefore we expect a turn-over, which will happen as existing students finish training and attain their qualifications. We then gain new students each year who will also continue to enrol on courses and need to gain this valuable client experience at NewStart. Please be patient.
You will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org and only if you do not get a reply within 48 hours should you text 07799 847720 and request an emailed application form.
Once a student email has been received and replied (check your Spam box and add our email address to your address file). Students may then be offered an informal interview; where you will be assessed for suitability and if you are successful, you will be asked to fill in an initial application form and DBS application, as a candidate, for one of our volunteer roles with the Drop-In.
NewStart - New and existing students are managed properly and initially will have an induction course and a assimilation course of 3 seperate Saturday morning sessions, from 10 - 2pm, dealing with Chaotic Clients & Self. They are stand alone courses numbered 401, 402 and 403.
Students will have managerial assistance where necessary although students will be expected to perform and behave as professionals whilst undergoing this placement, training and supervision sessions. Any supervision sessions not attended will need to be made up at the student's own expense privately. Therefore there will be mandatory group supervision once each month, usually on a Saturday at our local offices situated in:- Acorn House 393 Midsummer Boulevard. Central Milton Keynes. MK9 3HP.
Office Venue: ACORN HOUSE 393 Midsummer Boulevard. Central Milton Keynes MK9 3HP. We do request a small Donation per Saturday session towards Materials and Utilities. We Suggest £5, but what you can afford is good.
See the Contact details for the NEW START Manager Yoly Booty for details:-
Students work experientially at various levels. We also offer FREE 2 weekly taster sessions, for the main courses.
- Free course - 3 weeks only - continuing most weeks.
- Introduction to Counselling course - 3 months
- Intermediate Counselling course - 6 months
- Foundation Certificate Counselling & Psychotherapy - 1 yr
- 2 Yr Counselling & Psychotherapy Diploma CTEC Level 4
- 2 year Advanced Counselling CTEC Level 5.
- Fast Track Brief Solutions Therapy Diploma -18 months+
- 4 Yr Full Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy (where students are eventually expected to work at a University post graduate level) in professional and experiential Counselling and Psychotherapy skills training.
This sister organisation, Convergence College is a Counselling & Psychotherapy Education Centre, it is only 35 mins from London and ten mins brisk walk from Central Milton Keynes Train Station. Also ten mins away from the M1 Motorway at Junction 13 or 14 which is easily accessible by car or Coach. There is an excellent and regular City center Bus service which stops right outside the Acorn House building in Central Milton Keynes.