Volunteer and Trainee Opportunities

Volunteer and Trainee Counsellors

 KASP welcomes applications from volunteers who are interested in counselling. KASP particularly encourages volunteer counsellors of all backgrounds, genders, and ethnicities to apply.”

Our service relies on volunteer counsellors to keep the waiting list down and volunteers are greatly appreciated! Our office is located in the centre of Kirkcaldy, and very near the main train and bus station. Travel to Kirkcaldy from Edinburgh area takes about 40 minutes by train, from Glasgow area takes about 90 minutes. 

 What KASP asks from you:

  • Are a qualified or trainee counsellor.
  • Have an interest in working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Provide 3 hours per week of counselling to clients.
  • Commit to a minimum of one year of volunteering.
  • Hold strict confidentiality and maintain client records and evaluations systems.
  • Attend mandatory supervision.
  • Adhere to KASP’s policies and procedures and also uphold the ethics of good counselling practice according to their professional body.
  • Refer clients to other sources of help, as appropriate
  • It is a preference that counsellors on placement attend personal therapy
  • It is advisable that counsellors on placement give consideration to the time commitment, costs of travel, supervision and therapy costs, alongside their work/ training requirements.
  • KASP asks that volunteers give plenty of notice for any planned holidays
  • KASP is a BACP-accredited organisation and we accept trainees who are on courses accredited by BACP or other psychotherapy bodies, e.g. COSCA, BAAT
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What KASP offers in return:

 

  • Monthly individual support supervision; clinical supervision provided for qualified counsellors; counsellors on placement are required to arrange their own clinical supervision.
  • Regular group supervision with other volunteer counsellors every six weeks
  • A thorough and welcoming induction process
  • A specialised four-day training programme, which includes topics ‘What is Childhood Sexual Abuse’, ‘Symptoms of Trauma’, ‘How your Brain Works’, ‘Guilt, Shame and Blame’, ’Family Dynamics’, ‘Love’, and ‘Self-care for Counsellors’.
  • Provision of further professional development training
  • KASP will allocate clients for you that feel suitable for your experience level
  • Being part of a friendly and experienced counselling team
  • Travel expenses are provided to qualified counsellors; but not currently to trainee counsellors on placement.

How to apply:

“Volunteering at KASP is special because of the support around you from everyone and the encouragement to just be a real person with clients.” – one of our volunteer counsellors

 


Volunteer Board Members

KASP is governed by a Board of Trustees, which comprises volunteers with a wide range of experience.  Trustees meet every six weeks and have overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation.  We are currently looking at recruiting both male and female Trustees to assist in the guidance and direction of KASP.

Anyone interested in becoming a Trustee is encouraged to contact the Manager on 01592 644217 to arrange an initial informal discussion.