Work with NSPC

The Septimius group of companies NSPC, Existential Academy, Dilemma Consultancy and Ask the Therapist is committed to provide a welcoming attitude to diversity in all its activities - including staff recruitment. We welcome hybrid working for staff who wish to work at home for a portion.

Our staff and graduates benefit from preferential rates for cover on the Existential Academy for hiring rooms in the Therapy Space (provided by Ask the Therapist). We encourage graduates to choose a therapist from our approved therapist listing and research supervisors from our list of research super- visors.

We Currently Have Opportunities for

Research Supervisors: Masters and Secondary

Approved therapists

Research Supervisors: Primary Doctoral Supervisors

Vacancies

Below is a list of vacancies at NSPC. To apply for any of these roles please click on the "Apply now" link at the bottom of this page

Research Coordinator

Hours:  One and a half days per week

Responsible to: Academic Director

Salary: £9014 to £11045 depending on prior experience  (Pro rata £30 046 to £38 017)

Expected starting date:   1st June 2022

The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling is a post-graduate Higher Education and training college that provides degree courses in psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, pastoral care, autism and related neurodevelopmental conditions, diversity, and related topics.  Two of these training programmes lead to doctoral degrees, jointly awarded by Middlesex University, and the remaining five lead to Masters degrees, validated by Middlesex University.

NSPC It is wholly owned by Septimus Ltd, which also owns Dilemma Consultancy Ltd, a sister company which provides psychotherapy, counselling, coaching, supervision and psychiatric assessment services, and provides a low cost clinic; Ask the Therapist, which provides an online environment (TheTherapy.Space) for therapy and supervision, including the supervision of many NSPC students; and the Existential Academy, a not for profit community interest company that provides educational services to the public and to the wider profession. Dilemma Consultancy’s low-cost clinic provides a placement for some NSPC students, and the Existential Academy also offers a foundation course and short courses, and also a clinical training pathway that, in combination to the MSc in Psychotherapy, constitutes the Existential Psychotherapy Training.

The Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling (DProf) and the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (DCPsych) were first started in 2008. Successful completion of the DProf and the Existential Psychotherapy Training are accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA), leading to professional registration with these bodies. Graduates of the DCPsych are eligible for full membership of the British Psychological Society, and registration with the Health and Social Care Professions Council. 

All of our courses involve some online modules.  The MSc in Autism and Related Neurodevelopmental Conditions, the MSc in Psychotherapy, and the MA in Diversity are each taught solely online using our purpose-built Moodle-based VLE.

NSPC also provides online teaching and supervision via the online, Zoom-based platform TheTherapy.Space hosted by one of our sister institutions, Ask the therapist.  Supplementary courses for some of our students are provided by another of our sister institutions, the Existential Academy. These include a training in psychotherapy supplementary to the MSc in Psychotherapy Studies, and training in autism diagnosis and autism coaching.

Supervised psychotherapy experience is also available for selected students in the clinic provided by another sister institution, Dilemma Consultancy.

For more information about NSPC and its courses see our website at: www.nspc.org.uk

Location and ownership

NSPC is based in West Hampstead in purpose-built premises within easy reach of West Hampstead Thameslink, West Hampstead Overground, and West Hampstead Jubilee line stations. The building is a twelve-minute walk from each of these stations. The 139 and 328 buses pass the front door. There are secure facilities for bicycles. NSPC has a green transport policy and encourages staff and students to avoid the use of private cars.

NSPC presently has a student body of about 350, 70 part-time self-employed teaching consultants, four core academic staff who are leaders or course leaders for our programmes, 30 part-time research supervisors, a part-time librarian, a receptionist, and four full-time administrative staff in addition to its two directors. Emmy van Deurzen (principal of NSPC) and Digby Tantam (deputy principal) direct all four companies. 

Hours of work

During the COVID pandemic our staff have been working from home although when it has been safe over the last year, some administrative staff and some academics have been  attending one day a week, by rota, and are working from home for the remainder of the time. 

This will be renegotiated once the COVID infection rate falls to a safer level, but it is likely that many staff will continue to be permitted to spend part of their working week working at home.

Irrespective of the location of the work, normal hours at NSPC are 9 to 5 (including a lunch break), or on half days 9 to 1, 2 to 5.  NSPC supports flexible working and this can be negotiated.

Qualifications

  • A first degree in a social science
  • A research doctorate
  • Training in research, specifically in qualitative methods
  • Expertise in using all of the programs in the Microsoft Office suite
  • Familiarity with using web browsers for a range of purposes
  • Participation in at least one online course using Moodle
  • Some knowledge of and interest in the existential approach
  • Experience supporting and managing students in higher education.

Duties

  • Facilitating the progress of students’ research
  • Supporting research supervisors and training new supervisors
  • Monitoring the supervision provided by research supervisors
  • Monitoring the attendance and commitment of research supervisees
  • Teaching new students about the research process in the introductory course
  • Chairing the Ethics Committee
  • Supporting the development of research within NSPC
  • Developing and carrying out research projects within NSPC
  • Exceptionally participating in PAP vivas as required
  • Ensuring that information provided to students about research, such as the research handbooks, is up to date and approved by Middlesex University
  • Working with the Administrative Coordinator to optimize the administration of research within the school, including the timely uploads of research supervision reports by students

Any teaching or supervision offered in addition to this job description will receive additional payment.

General

  • You will be joining an active and committed team and as such you will be required to cover essential roles if another member of the team is absent.
  • You will be flexible about taking on new roles that are commensurate with your terms of employment if these are proposed by one of the managers.
  • You will look after the environment and culture of the college, which includes being courteous and helpful to all users of the building; giving timely feedback on matters that might need action such as potential improvements to our websites, our communication methods, the fabric of the building or any other issues that pertain to recruitment, to our reputation, and to the wellbeing of all the users of the building.
  • You will produce timely and accurate reports at the request of the directors, attend meetings regularly, and take minutes if you are requested to do so.
  • Attending staff meetings and the academic team meeting.
  • Contributing to marketing strategy and using tools such as social media, blog posts, publications in relevant journals to promote NSPC and recruit new research supervisors.

Person specification

  • The successful candidate must be able to work well in a small and cohesive team, in which many tasks are shared between academic and administrative staff.
  • They must be able to be diplomatic and supportive when dealing with students and clients, who may sometimes be distressed or frustrated. 
  • They must be able to demonstrate experience of successful team working
  • They must have the aptitude to learn to use our bespoke student management system

Applications:

Via our online application at https://nspc.org.uk/staffrecruit/

Further information about NSPC can be found at www.nspc.org.uk or by contacting Sarah Walton sarah.walton@nspc.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 30th April 2022

Interviews: 16th May 2022

Starting date of the position 1st June 2022

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview

Teacher

We are always looking for new teachers, but we are especially interested in teachers with expertise in the existential approach and with a solid understanding of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Edith Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. We can offer free, in-house training to teachers who wish to acquire knowledge of these philosophers and skills in the application of their work to psychotherapy and counselling psychology.

Research Supervisor

Doctorate and Masters Research Supervisors sought for a range of courses in Counselling Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling, Coaching, Diversity, Pastoral Care and Autism.

Salary: £50 per hour

The New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling is looking to recruit research supervisors for students studying on our innovative, accredited, masters and doctoral courses.

Supervisors should have a relevant qualification at or above the level of the course they are supervising on; have knowledge and experience of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; understand how to create and maintain excellent supervisory relationships; and have publications of their own in appropriate journals.

Supervision is offered face-to-face or online and also involves reading and commenting on written work. Primary supervisors for doctoral projects offer 5 hours of supervision per term for 9 terms and secondary supervisors 12 hours in total throughout the research journey. Supervisors for masters projects offer 6 hours of supervision per term. Supervisors who have guided at least two students to successful completion, can become primary supervisors.

We provide a short training in how to manage supervision at NSPC and you will be joining an international community of academics, working with a diverse student researching a wide range of topics. Complementary training in research methods and the existential approach can be provided and there may also be opportunities to join our teaching team.

Salary: £50 per hour

(Supervisors are independent consultants, not directly employed by NSPC.)

Applications should be made via the faculty page on this website www.nspc.org.uk Informal enquiries can be directed to our Research Coordinator, Dr Susan Iacovou: susan.iacovou@nspc.org.uk

Clinical Supervisor

Most of our students are undergoing training in the practice of counselling psychology, or psychotherapy. Our student body is expanding and we are therefore always on the look out for qualified existential therapists who have training or well-established experience in clinical supervision. For those otherwise qualified who are not yet familiar with the existential approach to therapy, we can offer complimentary, in-house training. Click the link to apply.

Approved NSPC training therapist

We are developing a register of approved existential therapists that we can recommend to our students who are looking for therapists in order to meet their required personal therapy hours. If you are interested in being considered for approval, are a fully trained psychotherapist, and practice existentially we welcome an application from you. Click on the Application for Approved Therapist tab below to apply.

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