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  • Posted: Jun 23, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The University of Pretoria is a multi-faculty research-intensive university that has remained among the top South African universities in research output and impact. UP is also the top producer of graduates in the country. With campuses in Pretoria and its surrounds, as well as in the country’s economic hub, Johannesburg, UP is conveniently situated wi...
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    Intern: Counselling Psychologist - Department of Student Affairs

    Job Purpose
    The incumbent will be responsible for rendering counselling psychology services to students/young adults to promote academic success and emotional wellness. This will include psychotherapeutic services and the development and identification of preventative and self-help programmes for the purposes of the promotion of well-being, and to enhance the academic success of students/young adults. The incumbent will have to comply with the requirements of the HPCSA in the above regards.

    The successful candidate will actively participate in the following areas:

    Psychotherapeutic counselling services to students/young adults, to promote academic success and emotional wellness:

    • Rendering counselling services (individually and group work), and present programmes to enhance student emotional wellness;
    • Providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents and other client profiles at other campuses and sites, as part of training requirements;
    • Consultation with Head: Student Counselling and colleagues;

    Development of preventative and self-help, academic and therapeutic programmes in view of the identified needs of students:

    • Developing new programmes according to the identified needs;
    • Co-operating and receiving feedback from internal role players by ways of applicable data and research;

    Career testing and academic support services and programmes:

    • Developing and delivering academic support services and programmes;
    • Providing feedback to students and parents after testing/counselling;
    • Consulting with academic personnel, relevant internal and external role players, and students, to determine needs, problems and possibilities for programmes and other relevant interventions;


    • Contributing to research to support the department in developing tailor-made programmes in line with the academic and emotional needs of the student population at the University of Pretoria;

    Professional development;

    • Enhancing personal level of knowledge by way of studying applicable literature and research to ensure continuous learning and training;
    • Participating in case presentation for the purpose of evaluation by supervisors and/or other professionals;
    • Undergoing mandatory weekly supervision;

    Participation in institutional activities:

    • Participating as a team member within the Student Counselling Unit in all its activities and its networks within the University.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Proven registration as a MA student in Counselling Psychology at an accredited university/college;
    • Registration as student/intern with HPCSA;
    • Compliance in the above with the HPCSA regulations;
    • Completed course work as part of first year MA/MSc Counselling Psychology training;
    • Successful practical work as part of first year MA/MSc Counselling Psychology training.

    Required Competencies (skills, Knowledge And Behavioural Attributes)

    • Knowledge of the following:
    1. Psychological interventions at a professional level;
    2. Short term and brief therapy techniques;
    3. A range of psychometric assessments;
    4. The Code of Ethics and Conduct for Psychologists (HPCSA);
    • Ability to diagnose psychological problems and psychopathology within the Scope of Practice for Counselling psychologists;
    • Flexibility as the service demands require;
    • Good interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team;
    • Efficient planning, organising and prioritising skills;
    • Ability to work under pressure and manage crisis interventions;
    • Professionalism, confidentiality and sensitivity towards the diversity of students;
    • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
    • Computer skills in MS Word, PowerPoint and e-mail;
    • Ethical insight and reliability.

    Added Advantages And Preferences

    • Practical experience within a clinic environment;
    • Experience with psychological assessments and psychometric tests;
    • Experience with report writing;
    • Registration with the Professional Board for Psychology of the HPCSA as an intern Psychologist, prior to or simultaneous to, taking up the position.

    Closing Date: 7th, July 2022

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