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Part-Time Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Professional Telephone Counselling & Support Service

Connect provides a professional telephone counselling and support service to adults who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma.  The service currently operates evenings and weekends.  We are currently seeking a part time counsellor/psychotherapist. The successful candidate(s) must have:

 An Accredited post-graduate Counselling/Psychotherapy course.

A minimum of 3 years relevant post qualification experience in counselling/ psychotherapy.

Be fully registered with the ICP/IACP or other equivalent body.

Be available to work evenings and weekends. Current working hours are Wednesday through to Sunday, 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Flexibility to work outside of these hours, as the Service demands, is also required.

 Send a detailed CV, including a letter of application (that clearly addresses the requirements of the role) to Connect, P.O. Box 10708, Dublin 7, by Wednesday 28th February 5 pm. Interviews will take place mid March 2018. Enquiries to 01-8657444 (12 noon to 3pm Wednesday to Thursday)

 PERSON SPECIFICATION 

 CCOUNSELLOR/PSYCHOTHERAPIST – CONNECT - PROFESSIONAL TELEPHONE COUNSELLING & SUPPORT (NOVA Helpline Limited)

 

POST:  Counsellor for Nova Helpline Ltd
DEPARTMENT: Connect Telephone Counselling & Support Service
LOCATION: Dublin 7
DATE: January 2018

 

FACTORS ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
Qualifications     Accredited qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy OrA relevant post graduate qualification Full registration with ICP/IACP or equivalent bodies  Specific training in working in traumaExperience in providing counselling/crisis intervention on the telephone or through other means of technologyThird level qualification 
Experience(Length & Type)  A minimum of three years experience in Counselling/Psychotherapy Experience of personal growth workExperience of post-trauma workExperience working within the Health ServiceCounselling work with adults with a range of mental health issuesWorking in a multi-disciplinary teamExperience in training and/or supervision
Organisational Knowledge Awareness of Health services Knowledge of notification procedures around child protection Awareness of key linkages in internal and external environmentKnowledge of legal aspects surrounding child care/abuseKnowledge of Government Strategy for victims of institutional abuse
Professional Knowledge Detailed understanding of the impact of childhood abuseAbility to assess clients level of risk and respond appropriatelyKnowledge of relevant legislationCommitment to continuing professional development Experience in working with survivors of institutional abuse Experience in various therapeutic approaches Experience in working with developmental trauma 

 

 

 

FACTORS ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE
Core Competencies Initiate and maintain effective therapeutic alliance on the telephone and  via other multi media forms of counselling  Ability to work effectively and confidently with challenging client processes Ability to work with traumatised clients Awareness of professional and personal boundaries Ability to work as part of a team Ability to work effectively in an organisation Excellent interpersonal skills  Flexible and open to change Ability to communicate effectively on client issues Ability to self motivate Willing to engage in educational and project work  Training and presentation skills
Special Competencies Appreciates need for regular clinical and managerial supervisionParticipation in peer & group supervision Attends to personal/professional developmentGood self-care skillsAbility to make difficult decisions when necessary   I. T. skills
Other requirements  for the post Availability to work outside normal office hours to include evenings and weekendsAbility to work outside office context to include working from home when required  Satisfactory Garda clearance is required    

 

 

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Timeframe for statutory registration

 

Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.

 

The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

 

On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.

 

Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.

 

 


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