24693 - Trainee Counselling Psychologist Placement

£29,957 - £33,718
Band 5
Graduate Placement
Full Time, Part Time, Part Time/Job Share, Flexible Working, Other

The successful trainee counselling psychologist will be upon placement at HMYOI Feltham or Werrington for between 6-12 months. Full details of requirements can be found in the attached placement description.

Counselling Psychology Placements at HMYOI Feltham & Werrington

HMYOI Feltham is a Young Offender’s Institution located in Feltham, Middlesex. It is divided into 2 sections; A, housing 15-18 year olds and B housing 18-21 year old young people.

HMYOI Werrington is located in Stoke-on-Trent and houses 118 young people (male).

Recently, a Counselling Psychology Service has been established to provide psychological counselling to young people aged 15-18 years old.

We are now in a position to liaise with your University and offer clinical placements to trainee counselling psychologists as part of the DCounsPsy training.

HMYOIs are a secure setting and offer a rich counselling and organisational experience. It is a placement that will support clinical and professional development as a counselling psychologist. As a new service, it is flexible and there will be many opportunities for trainees to help develop the service by contributing their ideas, learning and observations as well as helping to demonstrate the outstanding benefits and versatility of counselling psychology within a custodial setting.

This will be a challenging, exciting and rewarding placement where trainees can confidently develop their counselling skills and learn the art of working effectively within a large institution and government organisation.

We welcome applications from counselling psychology trainees at various levels of experience; however we do not recommend a forensic setting for trainees to attain their first client work.

We look forward to receiving application that demonstrate how trainee’s life experience equips them to practice within a forensic setting.

Clinical work and supervision

Many of the young people who are serving sentences in HMYOIs will have multiple and complex issues, including significant trauma, bereavement and unresolved anger. The clinical work will often be marked by a lengthy period of engagement to build the therapeutic relationship with the young person in order to start the therapy. In order to also meet the needs of the establishment, you will need some flexibility in the days/times in which sessions can be offered.

Trainees will be expected to have a caseload of between 1-3 young people and to see their clients weekly for between 6-12 sessions. In-house supervision will be provided by an HCPC Registered & Chartered Counselling Psychologist.


The clinical work with young people is dependent on establishing a relationship and until this is done it is not possible to do any therapy work. So taking it slow and using a person-centred approach is essential to ensure that the young person feels in control of where the sessions are heading and understands the goals. Thereafter, a cognitive approach or psycho-dynamic is encouraged but tailored to each young person.

How to apply

Trainees will need to prove Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) and have Professional Indemnity Insurance as well as approval from their university placements co-ordinator.

To apply please forward your CV and cover letter (no more than one side of A4) and the names and contact details of 2 referees to the appropriate email address below.

Selection Process

If you are selected for an interview it will take place either at HMYOI Feltham or NOMS (National Offenders Management Services) Headquarters in Westminster.

Successful trainees will need to have enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance and other Prison Service security checks which can be a slow process, involving several weeks. Successful trainees will undertake a brief (2 days) Prison Induction Programme to ensure they know about Prison Service processes and about the teams involved in order to feel confident in the environment.

If you are wish to find out more or have a discussion about the role, Please email: wendy.dugba@noms.gsi.gov.uk (HMYOI Feltham) or lucy.daynes@hmps.gsi.gov.uk (HMYOI Werrington)

Wendy Dugba, CPsychol

Registered Counselling Psychologist,

Public Sector Prisons, Psychology Services

HMYOI Feltham,

Bedfont Road



TW13 4ND

Travel allowance to placement.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on 'modernised' terms in their current post or onto 'unmodernised' MoJ terms if they are on 'unmodernised' terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate's Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.


Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

-You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment


-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

-HMPPS offers a childcare vouchers scheme. The scheme enables staff to take part of their salary in the form of Childcare Vouchers. This is known as a Salary Sacrifice. The vouchers can then be used to help meet the costs of any form of registered or approved childcare for children aged 0-16. The vouchers are exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions


-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles


-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist



Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

To Be Confirmed

17/03/2019, 23:55 hours.

If you require any assistance please call 0845 241 5358 (Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm) or e mail Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk. Please quote the job reference.
Please note the successful applicant will need to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Security Check for this post.

Candidate Information

You may be required to provide statements describing your skills and experience relevant to each of the selection criteria. We recommend that you structure any examples as Situation, Task, Action and Result. For more information about the recruitment process and answers to general queries, please click the below link which will direct you to our Candidate Information Page.

Link: https://justicejobs.tal.net/vx/candidate/cms/About%20the%20MOJ

In the event of a large number of applications, we reserve the right to undertake the following processes:

  • An automated online test where a benchmark must be passed to progress;
  • A sift on the lead selection criteria. If this happens, the lead criteria will be the first one listed in the advert.

During the selection process, you may be asked to undertake an additional assessment (such as written test). If this is applicable you will be notified of this when you are invited to interview.

if you feel that your application has not been treated in line with the Civil Service Recruitment Principles, please contact SSCL (Moj-recruitment-vetting-enquiries@sscl.gse.gov.uk) in the first instance
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Effectiveness in this area means consistently acting in a principled, open and conscientiousness manner, and challenging unacceptable behaviour. Those who work in establishments must achieve a balance between excessive distance and familiarity with prisoners whilst dealing with prisoners in a way that is firm and fair. At a senior level it is about promoting a culture in which personal integrity thrives at all levels of the organisation.

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Changing and Improving
Applicant must be on a university-based Doctorate Counselling Psychology programme.
Graduate member of the British Psychologiccal Society.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.