Work Experience Placements

We offer work experience placements to people undertaking training at diploma, degree or masters level. We also offer CPD to qualified counsellors.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Student Placements

We offer work experience placements to people undertaking training at diploma, degree or masters level in:-

  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • CBT
  • Group psychotherapy
  • Dramatherapy
  • Arts psychotherapy

Important Information About Counselling Student Placements

The placement offers regular support from our multi-disciplinary team of experienced therapeutic practitioners – counsellors, psychotherapists and social workers.

Student requirements

Students at our centre must attend weekly personal therapy with a practitioner approved by Cassel. The student’s therapist needs to:-

  • Have a similar qualification to the course of study;
  • Have sufficient post-qualification experience (usually at least 3 years);
  • Provide therapy to the same therapeutic model that the trainee is studying, and that s/he is expected to provide to CASSEL clients.

Students at our Centre are also expected to:

  • Attend weekly supervision sessions with a CASSEL Centre supervisor – with a current contribution level of £30 per session, or with an external supervisor should this be agreed;
  • Attend in-house CPD/training sessions for diploma-level students each week, on Thursdays from 2pm – 3pm;
  • be responsible for their course fees, personal therapy, supervision and CRB disclosure costs.

Future opportunities

Towards the end of the placement the student and supervisor will complete a professional development plan. This may include the recommendation that the student may continue to practise at Cassel as an Honorary therapist, with the possibility of applying to be an Associate therapist once s/he meets our criteria.

Applying for a placement

First, make sure you can meet all of the requirements stated above.
Then please send your current CV with a covering letter for the attention of the Chief Executive.

The recruitment process is competitive, so you need to provide full information.

We are interested in your transferable knowledge and skills, so include details you consider relevant about your previous working and student life.
New student applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed monthly by our supervisors group. After this, we will contact you to provide feedback and to let you know if we would like to invite you to take the process to a formal application and interview.

Social Work training placements

We are a major training centre for social work students who find our busy, voluntary sector agency a place where they can put into practice a wide range of their skills and learning.

Important Information About Social Work Training Placements

Social workers and counsellors based at the Cassel Centre provide a range of services which complement those available from other agencies. Some have been developed specifically to fill gaps in local provision.

Services include:

  • Assessments
  • Advocacy and liaison
  • Finding appropriate resources
  • Applying for grants
  • Practical help and advice
  • Group workshops
  • Signposting and referrals

Further Information:

We accept around 12 students each year with around 4 working with us at any one time.

Placements are usually for 5 – 6 months duration. As well as actively participating in core day-to-day agency activities, each student is supervised and supported to provide therapeutic social work, supportive or advocacy services to 4-6 clients each.

Our client base is diverse and includes among others vulnerable older people, children with disabilities, teenagers with mental health problems, adults with learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers and people who are socially excluded.

We have taken students on placement mainly from Goldsmiths College, Greenwich University and Kent University and are also happy to discuss placement opportunities with other colleges.

If you are looking for a placement with the Cassel Centre, in the first instance you should discuss this with your college tutor.

Honorary Counsellors

Our volunteer or Honorary Counsellors are qualified counsellors working with a range of therapeutic models. We are interested to receive applications from qualified counsellors to provide voluntary daytime and/or evening services to our clients.

Important Information About Being an Honorary Counsellor

Honorary Counsellors increase our capacity to provide services to Lewisham residents, while providing the therapist with:-

  • A well-established set of agency systems, processes and practices within which to work safely;
  • A team working environment with support from the staff team and other experienced therapists;
  • Supervised work with CASSEL clients, building experience and client hours, perhaps towards  accreditation or CASSEL Associate status;
  • Client referrals passed to CASSEL by local professional agencies;
  • A mix of non fee-paying and fee-paying clients;
  • Use of CASSEL shared workspaces, resources and counselling rooms;
  • Optional access to CASSEL’s CPD sessions on Thursdays from 2pm – 3pm;
  • We will meet the cost of CRB disclosure for Honorary Counsellors.

Supervision

Honorary Counsellors at our agency are expected to attend weekly supervision sessions with a Cassel Centre supervisor – with a current contribution level of £30 per session – which we will set off against fees paid by clients. i.e.: if your clients collectively contribute over £30 per week, then your supervision is effectively covered.

Future opportunities

In time and when an Honorary Counsellor meets all the criteria, there is the possibility of applying to be a Cassel Associate Counsellor.

Applying for an Honorary Counsellor position

First, make sure you can meet all of the requirements stated above.
Then please email your current CV with a covering letter for the attention of the Chief Executive.

The recruitment process is competitive, so you need to provide full information – we are interested in your transferable knowledge and skills, so include details you consider relevant about your previous working and student life.

New applications can be submitted at any time and are reviewed monthly by our supervisors group. After this, we will contact you to provide feedback and to let you know if we would like to invite you to take the process to a formal application and interview.

Our placements are highly valued and vacancies are taken up quickly.

Placements are structured to offer the trainee the best possible opportunity to be able to pass their course, function in the workplace as a qualified therapist and be able to compete with confidence for employment.

If you feel that The Cassel Centre could help you with your training or your career, please get in touch: our dedicated team of professional staff are ready to help you.