Current Vacancies

Service Co-ordinator/Office Manager
(Birmingham and Solihull)

Full Time
Salary: £26,500- £28,000 p.a.

This senior administrative post is responsible for the smooth day to day running of the Birmingham office and other smaller offices in the Birmingham/Solihull area, managing a small team of approx. 8 appointments administrators and receptionists and co-ordinating the delivery of our counselling and other relationship support services, working. You’ll ensure we provide a welcoming environment, maintain effective administrative, appointment and reporting systems and liaise regularly with a team of approx. 30 counsellors, plus clients, staff and other agencies. You’ll help us implement new initiatives and move to online systems.

It will have a very hands-on, operational brief, but there is significant opportunity for development as the organisation grows.

The successful applicant will have relevant office experience, strong administrative, IT and organisational skills and staff management/team leading experience. You’ll have excellent people and communication skills and take a proactive approach to managing a broad and varied workload in a busy small team environment.

Based at our Birmingham office, the role is 37.5 hours per week and will require some flexibility in working hours to meet service needs, including evening cover and working at other centres/locations from time to time.

JD & PS Service Co-ordinator – Office Manager BG Feb 2020

How to Apply
Send your CV and a cover letter describing why you’re the right person for the job and how you meet the job description and person specification (maximum 600 words please) to:

Call Lisa Hale, Service Manager – Birmingham and Solihull on 0121 643 1638 if you have any queries.

Deadline for applications: 5.00pm on Thursday 12 March 2020

Interviews will be held: Thursday 19 March and Friday 20 March 2020.

A DBS check will be required for this post.

Train to be a Relate 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: 1st & 2nd May 2020
Block 2 18th, 19th & 20th June 2020
Block 3 17th & 18th July 2020
Block 4 21st & 22nd August
Block 5 9th & 10th October 2020

The course content and modules

BLOCK ONE – Working with a Relational Focus

  • 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

BLOCK TWO – Systemic Theory & Practice and Adult Attachment

  • De-briefing from online contextual courses (DA, CP, mental health and suicide) Domains, Use of supervision. Working with interpersonal relationships: Adult attachment, Skills practice & Pre-practice evaluation

BLOCK 3 – Psychodynamic Theory & Practice

  • 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

BLOCK 4 – Affairs, Separation, and Divorce and Reflexivity & the Self of the Therapist

  • Affairs and Separation. Divorce & reformed families. Reflexivity, the Self of the therapist, and difference & diversity

BLOCK 5 – Assessment Block

  • Overview of Relate assessment processes: Initial Assessment. Consultation, Risk assessment, and Domestic Abuse

Participants will undertake assignments and produce a portfolio of work

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 and have completed 100 hours of clinically supervised practice. 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.

Course Fees:

The cost of the course is £1450

This cost includes an enhanced DBS Disclosure and your registration to the Relates register of practitioners and a 50 hour supervised counselling placement, starting after Block 2, this will consist of 3 appointments a week offered on an evening or a Saturday morning at our one of our centres.

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, 21st August 2020.

To Apply:

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


· 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 11th March 2020

Interviews for placements will take place Monday 23rd, Tuesday 24th, and Wednesday 25th, March 2020

If you have any queries about the placement contact Ruth Levesley on 0121 643 1638 or email

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.