* Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle Student Counsellor

Would you like some valuable counselling experience to contribute towards your qualification?  


Join Breaking the Cycle for a student placement. 


We would like to offer placements to students in the final year of Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or equivalent courseThese placements would start in January 2020 therefore we are accepting applications now. 


Can you commit to a minimum of 2 clinical hours per week? 

Are you a Member of BACP or other relevant professional body. 

Do you have clinical supervision in place?

Do you have your own car with MOT, and hold a UK driving license?

Does your car insurance include business? 


We need a volunteer who:    

  • Keeps the child/young person at the centre of the work in a non judgmental way. 

  • Can work creatively in a therapeutic setting. 
  • Maintains high levels of safeguarding for service users by appropriately reporting safeguarding concerns in line with Action for Childrens’ Safeguarding policy. 

  • Has experience of working clinically with children and young people aged 4-16. 

  • Can communicate with children and young people helping to create a good therapeutic alliance

  • Is able to work in partnership with parent/carer, school staff and other professionals around the child. 

    Manages their time and workload efficiently. 

  • Has proficient IT skills. 



The benefits of volunteering in this role could include:  

  • Valuable counselling experience to contribute towards a qualification.  

  • Opportunities to expand your knowledge of local services to support families. 

  • Opportunities to conduct needs assessment and review meetings with the non-abusive parent/carer.  

    Opportunities to attend a range of professional meetingincluding team around the family (TAF), early help plan assessments (EHP), social care meetings (CIN/CP) where appropriate. 
  • Regular support from the lead counsellor by attending case management supervision and team meetings. 

  • Full training on Action for Children procedures, note keeping and role expectations. 

  • Access to Action for Children’s e-learning using their online Learning portal 

  • Access to external local authority training appropriate to the role. 

  • We acknowledge your commitment to Action for Children so your mileage expenses will be paid.  We will also supply creative resources to use in the therapeutic sessions.  




Mission Statement

We are Breaking the Cycle. 


Breaking the Cycle is a specialist counselling service providing 1-1 counselling support to children and young people  aged 4 – 16 years old whose family life has been affected by domestic abuse.  This service is for children and young people who live in Newcastle and who no longer live with the abusive adult. 


Our counsellors are members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, or other relevant professional bodies.  Our counsellors work in accordance with their relevant ethical framework, keeping the client at the centre of their work.   


We know that domestic abuse can affect children and young people in many ways and they often display signs of trauma linked to this domestic abuse. We will listen to your thoughts and feelings and we will support you to express them.