Current Vacancies

Train with Relate Birmingham to be a Relate Couples Counsellor 

Relate Birmingham is offering training to qualified counsellors to work with couples and the prospect of potential employment with us.  Successful completion of this course will equip counsellors who are already qualified to Level 5 or above to work as Couple Counsellors within Relate.

Training Placement – Relate Couples Counselling

The couples counselling training placement will take approximately 12 months and includes all tuition and tutorials, a managed placement with supervision support, insurance and access to Relate national resources.

  • The Certificate in Relationship Therapy Training Course – a total of 11 days face-to-face training delivered in 5 blocks, which will include Relate’s Initial Assessment and Domestic Abuse process, so practitioners are ready to start working in Relate once they have successfully completed all training criteria.
  • The training course will be held at Relate Birmingham on the following dates:

Block 1:         27th September & 28th September 2019
Block 2:         7th, 8th & 9th November 2019
Block 3:         12th & 13th December 2019
Block 4:         7th & 8th February 2020
Block 5:         24th & 25th April 2020

  • Students will also complete a 50 hour supervised counselling placement with Relate, starting after Block 2, 40 hours of which will be with more than one person. This will consist of 3 appointments a week offered on an evening or a Saturday morning at our Birmingham centres
  • Participants will undertake assignments and produce a portfolio of work

The course content and modules

  Working with a Relational Focus Systemic Theory & Practice and Adult Attachment
Day 1 2 3 4 5



Introductions & The relational context

Managing the therapeutic relationship with more than one person present


Introduction to systemic ideas of hypothesising,




Working systemically with interpersonal relationships

CMM Dominant

Discourses and narrative practice


Ethical considerations in couple and relationship counselling



De-briefing from online contextual courses (DA, CP, mental health and suicide)




Use of supervision


Working with interpersonal relationships:

Adult attachment


Skills practice & Pre-practice evaluation


  Psychodynamic Theory & Practice Affairs, Separation, and Divorce and Reflexivity & the Self of the Therapist Assessment Block
Day 6 7 8 9 10 11



Psychodynamic approach when working with Interpersonal relationships:


Object Relations & Couple Fit


The unconscious, transference and counter-transference and projection and projective identification


Psychodynamic approach when working with Interpersonal relationships :


Working with sexual focus


Integrating Systemic & Psychodynamic ideas in practice


Affairs and Separation

Divorce & reformed families


Reflexivity, the Self of the therapist, and difference & diversity



of Relate   assessment processes: Initial Assessment


Consultation, Risk  assessment, and Domestic Abuse

Application Criteria:

To apply for a placement you will already have a Level 5 diploma or a higher qualification in a relevant area of counselling or psychotherapy.  You must be able to commit to attend all the training dates and complete all the course requirements, as well as attending monthly clinical supervision and delivering 50 hours of relationship counselling to couples and individuals.

An enhanced DBS Disclosure will be required for this post and the cost is to be met by the delegate.

Course Fees:

The cost of the course is £1200.

Fees may be made in full prior to the start of the course or by payment plan which would need to be fulfilled by block 4, 7th February 2020.

Support may be available to students to subsidise a place. This will be considered on a case by case basis and must be made known in your application.

To Apply:

Submit your CV and a personal statement no longer than 2 sides of A4 to outlining:

  • your counselling qualifications and experience
  • your experience of working with couples or individuals with relationship issues
  • why you want to undertake this training with Relate

Closing date for applicants 1.00pm Wednesday 4th September 2019

Interviews for placements Thursday 12th September and Friday 13th September 2019

 If you have any queries about the placement contact Ruth Levesley at or call 0121 643 1638.


Relationship/Couple Counsellor Vacancies

Relate Birmingham is recruiting qualified, experienced relationship and couple counsellors to join our team to help us meet high demand for our services in the Birmingham area.

£23,682 -£25,834 pro rata depending on qualifications and experience.

Posts:  A number of posts are available:

  • 13.75 hrs per/week – over 2 evenings (or 1 evening & Saturday am) plus daytime hours.
  • 17.5 hrs per week – over 2 late afternoon/evenings and one full day.
  • 23 hrs per week – over 2 late afternoon/evenings and two full days.

Based at either our Birmingham city centre or South Birmingham centre, you’ll provide counselling to a diverse range of self-referring, individuals or couples experiencing relationship issues and there is also the opportunity to work on contracts and projects.   Counselling is mainly face to face or can also be via webcam or telephone. Supervision, group supervision and training is provided, plus opportunities for development.

You may have previously worked with Relate or have equivalent training which meets Relate’s APEL requirements (link below).

Alternatively, you will be a qualified counsellor with relevant relationship or relational training gained through your qualifications or via CPD or work experience, e.g. systemic, psychodynamic or TA practice, attachment focussed work or parenting work. With solid experience of working with couples (min. 120 hours) you’ll be willing to complete any further training to meet Relate requirements.

 Job Description & Person Spec:  Counsellor (Relationships) JD and PS June 2019

Relate’s APEL information:

 To Apply:

Submit your CV and a covering letter outlining your experience of working with couples and stating which role/s hours you are applying for to Lisa Hale, Service Manager at

For more information contact Lisa Hale, Service Manager on 0121 643 1638 or email     For more information about Relate go to  or visit for APEL requirements.

A DBS check will be required for all posts.