Job Details: Southwest Counselling: Senior Psychologist


Irish Future
Talbot Street
Dublin 1
Southwest Counselling: Senior Psychologist
[Southwest Counselling & HSE]

SOUTHWEST COUNSELLING, SUPPORTED BY HSE SOCIAL INCLUSION PSYCHOLOGY
SERVICES, CORK KERRY COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE, SEEK APPLICATIONS FOR THE
FOLLOWING POSITION

A SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST - ONE YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT

_SOUTH WEST COUNSELLING ARE OPEN TO A SECONDMENT ARRANGEMENT WHERE
APPROPRIATE._

CLOSING DATE: Friday 3rd February **Apply on the website**

LOCATION OF POST: South West Counselling are seeking a senior
psychologist to join their team and work in close partnership with
Social Inclusion, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare. The office base for
this post is Southwest Counselling Killarney. However, the candidate
will be required to travel to various locations in Kerry (and
occasionally Cork) as part of their clinical remit.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The post-holder will report to Mr. Jimmy
Mulligan, CEO, South West counselling and will be line managed /
clinically supervised by Dr. Jennifer Hayes, Principal Psychology
Manager Social Inclusion, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

DETAILS OF SERVICE

This new post is hosted by South West Counselling and supported by
Social Inclusion Psychology Services, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

SouthWest Counselling Centre was established in **Apply on the
website** to provide affordable counselling to the people of County
Kerry and surrounding areas. SouthWest Counselling Centre offers a
range of therapeutic services: one-to-one counselling for children
(Play Therapy), adolescents and adults, parenting support, working in
a systemic manner with parents and children.

Our offices are in Killarney and provide outreach services in Kenmare,
Tralee, Listowel and Valentia.

Social Inclusion Psychology services provide a range of psychological
services as part of the broader HSE Social inclusion team. South West
Counselling and Social Inclusion recognise that clients from
marginalised communities, such as International Protection Applicants
(refugees and those seeking asylum) are more likely to have additional
physical and mental health needs and do not always have equity of
access to required supports due to the barriers that they face.

The working culture within South West Counselling and Social
Inclusion, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare strives to be rooted in
inclusivity, equality, social justice and compassion both within the
working environment between colleagues, as well as in our service and
interactions with clients. There is a theoretical and operational
understanding that our clients face additional barriers to service
access than the general community and as such a flexible, practical
and solution focused approach to the work is to the fore with
considered emphasis and advocacy on increasing access and benefit from
supports and services.

Due to an increase in war and persecution globally there has been
significant forced displacement of people seeking International
Protection with unprecedented numbers arriving to Ireland seeking
safety and protection. There are currently in excess of **Apply on the
website**,**Apply on the website** Ukrainian people living in Cork and
Kerry. In addition there are **Apply on the website** Direct provision
/ Emergency Direct provision Centres across the CHO accommodating in
excess of 2,**Apply on the website** people of all ages. Furthermore,
Cork and Kerry is home a a significant number of Syrian families
residing here under the resettlement project. This is a rapidly
changing picture.

The post holder will become an important part of the existing
Psychological team responding to the needs of IPAs in Cork and Kerry,
with specific emphasis on the needs of people in the Kerry area. This
is an exciting opportunity to join this response project and work with
a dynamic team / organisations who are to the fore of advocacy and
support for those seeking protection in Ireland. The psychology team
currently consists of 1 principal manager, 1 principal specialist, 2
senior psychologists, 2 staff grade psychologists and 2 trainees.

PURPOSE OF THE POST

The purpose of this post is to support, drive and deliver the
psychological emergency response plan currently being implemented to
support IPAs in Cork and Kerry over a **Apply on the website** month
period. This forms part of the broader psychosocial response that is
being delivered by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare. The post holder
will join existing staff in the HSE and work closely with a robust and
experienced psychology team which is already fully operational and
driving the response. The post holder will be based in South Kerry in
South West Counselling Services and will play a key role in the
ongoing development and delivery of the psychological response in Cork
and Kerry to assist International protection Applicants. The overall
goal is to improve psychological outcomes for clients.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The post holder will play a key part in the rollout and delivery of
the psychological response plan to the current influx in IPA’s
residing in the Cork and Kerry region.

This will include the delivery of a range of services to IPA’s and
to the services / professionals supporting them. Duties and
Responsibilities will include:

DIRECT SERVICES TO INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION APPLICANTS

* Provision of psychological consultation services to IPA’s
remotely or in person (in the clinic, direct in reach services into
congregated settings, other locations as appropriate).
* Provision of screening services to identify client needs and to
provide appropriate referral into mainstream services with bridging
supports. This might include a range of issues across the lifespan
including psychological wellbeing, mental health, intellectual
disability and so forth and involve a range of Statutory and / or
non-statutory services.
* Provision of comprehensive psychological assessments to assess and
diagnose a range of psychological, developmental, or other issues and
to clarify and recommend appropriate services and supports.
* Assessment and diagnosis of PTSD in adults and children
* The provision of a range of PTSD interventions to reduce trauma
symptoms, including NET, KidNET, tfCBT or other evidence based
approaches.
* Psychological support to the HSE in reach team where appropriate

SUPPORTS FOR SERVICES / PROFESSIONALS

* Provision of the ‘Specialist link service’ which provides
psychological consultation, support, signposting and advice to for
anyone working with IPAs
* Training and education services to enhance workforce capacity,
improve trauma informed approaches across Statutory and Non Statutory
services and contribute to improved outcomes for clients
* Provision of psychological supports to interpreters impacted by
their work
* Peer support for those delivering NET/tf-CBT interventions
* Provision of supervision and clinical support to staff grade
psychologists, psychologists in clinical training, psychology
assistants as required.

INTERAGENCY WORK

* Work closely with the broader Social Inclusion team in the HSE
staff supporting IPA migrant health, other HSE mainstream services in
the community, NGO’s, Statutory services.
* Liaise, work collaboratively and support existing Cork Kerry
Community Healthcare staff and Community / Voluntary sector staff with
expertise in this area and are currently providing supports to this
group
* Link with identified Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Heads of
Service as required
* To support the broader South West Counselling team through the
provision consultation or other supports with regard to trauma / PTSD
with particular emphasis on supporting clinicians working with IPAs.
* Support the Social Inclusion teams, through the provision of
clinical supervision to trainees, assistant psychologists and staff
grade psychologists when required.

REVIEW, EVALUATION AND SUSTAINABILITY

* Ensure service-user and front-line staff feedback mechanisms
* Identify models of good practice in other areas and adapt for use
in Cork and Kerry as required / as appropriate
* Support and supervise PhD programme as developed in conjunction
with UCC on this initiative
* Ensure appropriate monitoring, evaluation and review of the work
undertaken and programmes delivered
* Identify and develop collaborative partnerships and programmes in
response to identified needs

SELF-CARE / SUPPORT

* The Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Social Inclusion Psychology
Service recognises the traumatic nature of the experiences of our
clients. As such, there is a culture of care, support and compassion
within the Psychology service. The post-holder will be encouraged to
place a strong personal emphasis on his/her own self-care and to
actively nurture the existing culture of care and compassion for
clients and between colleagues. The post holder will received
training, support and clinical supervision to assist them in this
role.

ADMINISTRATIVE

* Keeping records, statistics, notes and other paperwork and
databases up to date is an essential part of the role.

SERVICE DEVELOPMENT

* Continuous input into the psychosocial response through the
provision of statistics, feedback, clinical observations and
recommendations to the psychology team, the principal manager and
others as required.
* Supporting and facilitating service development and change to
respond to emerging and changing needs as part of the psychosocial
response.
* Deputise for the principal specialist / principal manager as
required and provide ongoing support to the psychology team and
Department in Social inclusion as appropriate.

_THE ABOVE JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A COMPREHENSIVE LIST
OF ALL DUTIES INVOLVED AND CONSEQUENTLY, THE POST-HOLDER MAY BE
REQUIRED TO PERFORM OTHER DUTIES AS APPROPRIATE TO THE POST WHICH MAY
BE ASSIGNED TO HIM/HER FROM TIME-TO-TIME AND TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE
DEVELOPMENT OF THE POST WHILE IN OFFICE._

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

QUALIFICATIONS AND/ OR EXPERIENCE

Each candidate must, at the closing date for the campaign, hold:

A)

* a recognised University degree or diploma (NQAI Level 8 equivalent)
obtained with first or second class honours in which psychology was
taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject
and
* a postgraduate professional psychological qualification recognised
by the Psychological Society of Ireland in Clinical Psychology, or
Counselling Psychology as appropriate to the area of professional
psychology in which the position is designated,
or
a postgraduate professional psychology qualification validated by the
Department of Health and Children in Clinical Psychology, or
Counselling Psychology as appropriate to the area of professional
psychology in which the position is designated
and
have at least five years’ satisfactory postgraduate experience in
the area of professional psychology in which the position is
designated.
The five years’ experience must comprise of no more than three years
full-time Post Graduate training and no less than two full years’
experience as a Staff Grade Psychologist. Years in excess of the
permitted three years for completion of the Post Graduate training or
time not worked cannot be taken into consideration when assessing the
five years’ experience requirement.
and

B)

* possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high
standard of suitability and management ability) for the proper
discharge of the duties of the office.

These qualifications will take effect on the signed date but without
prejudice to anyone employed in a post of basic grade psychologist or
above in the Irish Public Health Service to whom the qualification
requirements for Psychologist – Community Care or Clinical in place
at the **Apply on the website**nd January, **Apply on the website**
shall apply – just double-checking that the year is **Apply on the
website**

HEALTH

* A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully
competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office
and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable
prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service.

CHARACTER

* Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of
good character

SALARY The Salary scale for the post is
€**Apply on the website**,**Apply on the website**, €**Apply on
the website**,**Apply on the website**, €**Apply on the
website**,**Apply on the website**, €**Apply on the
website**,**Apply on the website**, €**Apply on the
website**,**Apply on the website**, €**Apply on the
website**,**Apply on the website**, (€**APPLY ON THE
WEBSITE**,**APPLY ON THE WEBSITE**, €**APPLY ON THE
WEBSITE**,**APPLY ON THE WEBSITE** LSIS)

POST SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

* Capacity to assess and treat a wide range of clinical presentations
in the context of cultural differences, language barriers and other
barriers.
* Have experience in working with ethnic minority communities
(Desirable)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO THE POSTS

* Demonstrable understanding of/experience in health and
psychological needs of minority/vulnerable groups and the unique
barriers faced in access to mainstream services
* Access to transport is essential

REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO THE POSTS MUST HAVE ACCESS TO TRANSPORT

APPLICATION INFORMATION

PLEASE FORWARD AN UP TO DATE CV ALONG WITH A COVER LETTER TO MR. JIMMY
MULLIGAN, CEO SOUTH WEST COUNSELLING, **APPLY ON THE WEBSITE**

CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS FRIDAY 3RD FEBRUARY
**APPLY ON THE WEBSITE**


We need : English (Good)

Type: Permanent
Payment:
Category: Health

Apply for this Job Offer
Name:  *
Email:  *
Phone:  *
Don't forget to like:
 *
Cover Note
CV:  *
Are you human ?