We have had a variety of people complete various aspects of training with us. If you wish to join us for WBL, there is no application process; you just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to say you wish to attend. If you wish to apply to join as a counsellor, you will need to visit this page and complete the vignettes in order to apply.
Here is what some of our previous attendees have said about training and placements more generally:
I have been working as a volunteer student counsellor on placement at TimeOut since November 2016. The training has been excellent. I believe strongly that to practice ethically we need to take responsibility for our own cultural competence. I was aware that my knowledge of issues of gender and sexuality was patchy and full of unspoken (and probably unconscious) assumptions.
Each training session the team at TimeOut have taken us through an in depth exploration of issues such as (but not confined to) bisexuality; binary trans and BDSM kink. The sessions have been challenging with plenty of time for frank personal reflection in a safe, non-judgemental space. We have also been given a comprehensive reference list of books and articles covering each topic and benefitted enormously from the generosity of LJ and Janey in giving of their time; knowledge and personal life experiences.
I would highly recommend TimeOut if this is an area of counselling you are interested in exploring further.”
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“Training with Time Out has given me a sureness in areas where my knowledge has been lacking. I have learned true-life information on a variety of LGBTQ topic areas and how this can help me in the counselling relationship. The group I have been learning with is very friendly and open, I feel it is a safe space for learning and checking things out. I am very much looking forward to carrying on with further trainings and would encourage all counsellors to engage in this fantastic training. If you are a trainee counsellor at Warwick university like me you can also count the trainings toward work-based learning, which I have found to be an amazing use of my time! Whilst completing the work-based learning as part of a University requirement I also feel as though I am getting something really useful in return.”
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“I’m a current Warwick student and have been on placement with Timeout since November last year. I’ve found Timeout to be a really person-centred, supportive and friendly agency to work for. We have regular team meetings each month, and because it’s a smaller agency, I really feel included in some of the decisions that have been made over the year, and that my input is valued.
There’s a lot of training offered, specifically cultural competency working with LGBTQ communities- I’d recommend this to any student, not just those who want a placement with Timeout. There’s also a bursary for external training which is provided (I’m going to some training this month in London through this); training is really valued at Timeout- you will get a lot of personal development out of a placement with us!
What drew me to Timeout- and I’ve been very glad of over the last 8 months, is that they work with clients on an open-ended basis. That’s been great for my training- working with a client over 14+ sessions feels a lot more person-centred for me than the 6-8 some other agencies allow. I feel that’s also helped with building up my hours as well- I’m on track to get my hundred hours by the first term of the third year; unlike other people in my year, I’m not looking to find another agency to make my numbers up.
Timeout is a sole-working agency- meaning there aren’t other counsellors in the building when you’re working. Think carefully if this is right for you- for me personally, that’s given me a lot of opportunities for development- I manage my client appointments directly & collect payments from them, which is useful experience. I also feel that has helped me with DNAs- because I’m the one who gets in contact to arrange/confirm my first meeting with a client, it feels like that takes away some of the anxiety (for both of us!) and unexpectedness when we do meet.
Timeout don’t offer in-house supervision- but both LJ and Janey are very available if you do have any problems- so you’ll need to look at supervision externally. I see that as a benefit- it means I haven’t had any conflict of interests when supervision is provided for by the agency/line manager, and because I’m responsible for managing my supervision, I’ve been able to ensure I’ve kept to the right client hour/supervision ratio (again, these are all issues which have come up for people at other agencies in my year!) It’s also been another valuable learning experience for me- I’ve needed to go and find a supervisor I WANT to work with (which is most important!), not just been given one!”
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