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Pieta House provides a range of counselling services for people who are suicidal, engage in self-harm or who are bereaved by suicide. Pieta House also operates a national Freephone Helpline (1800 247 247) and a dedicated Research, Training and Advocacy office. We are committed to delivering our services with care and professionalism and continue to strive to ensure that we provide the best service for our clients. Due to further expansion of our services in the Midlands, we are delighted that Pieta House will shortly open a new centre located in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. A number of vacancies have arisen as a result of the opening of the new centre, as detailed below:

Pieta House is recruiting for the following positions:

Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer

Locations: Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary

Travel within the entire Midwest region (Limerick, Clare, North Tipperary) is required for this position.

Working hours: Part Time – 3 days per week (this position will require flexibility and may include some evening and weekend work)

Salary: €20,000  (1 year fixed term contract, employed contract)

Reporting to: SBLO Manager

About: The ‘Suicide Bereavement Liaison Service’ is provided in specific regions nationwide and in collaboration with the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention. More information on

Roles & Responsibilities: The role of the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer is to provide a proactive and timely community-based support to individuals, families, groups or communities who have experienced a suicide loss.

The principal duties for the Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer will be to:

• Work with their line manager, the Clinical Directors and the executive team of Pieta House and relevant local agencies, including the Regional Suicide Resource Office, to plan accordingly for the introduction/provision of the service in the mid-west

• Liaise closely with existing Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officers in Pieta House and local HSE Suicide Resource Officers and HSE Bereavement Services and develop strong working relationships to inform the work on an ongoing basis

• Offer and provide a sensitive, compassionate and needs-led service to individuals, families, groups or communities bereaved by suicide

• Offer rapid information and support to individuals, families, groups or communities who have been bereaved by suicide, in their home or other agreed settings and follow with practical, ongoing support

• Meet the immediate, short-term practical needs of those bereaved by suicide on a case-by-case basis. To exercise good clinical judgment in assessing each case and establishing the most appropriate steps for ongoing support, signposting or onward referral

• Develop strong relationships with key agencies and first responders in the region, to establish ways to connect with bereaved individuals in a timely and helpful manner (e.g., Gardaí, Emergency Services, Clergy, HSE, Coroners, Funeral Directors)

• Produce an area-specific suicide bereavement resource pack to include all relevant information on support services and processes following a suicide death

• Contribute to critical incident responses where appropriate and take an active role where possible

• Assist with the early identification of potential suicide clusters & liaise with stakeholders and relevant agencies on a regular basis to ensure timely and appropriate coordinated responses

• Participate in the implementation of Connecting For Life in each of the five counties

• Contribute to training in suicide bereavement support

• Gather and report on all qualitative and quantitative data required in relation to monthly activities and case work

• Adhere to all Pieta House policies and procedures and in particular, ensure security and confidentiality of all related data

Promote and maintain the ethos of Pieta House which is rooted in compassion and care. Foster participative working relationships and collaboration with the wider Pieta House team and services


Education, Skills & Experience

Necessary qualifications and experience for the role of Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer include:

• A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant clinical area such as counselling, psychotherapy or psychology and professional accreditation in their relevant field (IACP, IAHIP, PSI, ICP,FTAI, NAPCP or equivalent)

• A minimum of 3 years’ experience of working with people in a therapeutic and multi-disciplinary setting

• Experience of co-coordinating multi-agency initiatives and of developing working relationships with a variety of professionals in other agencies

Necessary skills, competencies and knowledge for the role of Suicide Bereavement Liaison Officer include:

• The compassionate and empathic skills required to supportively engage with bereaved individuals, families and communities across varied social settings and groups

• Knowledge or experience in the fields of suicide bereavement, suicide prevention and responding to critical incidents

• Child Protection Training and Suicide Intervention & Prevention Training (e.g., STORM, safeTALK & ASIST) are desirable

• The ability to work on their own initiative

• The ability to prioritise work and co-ordinate multiple responsibilities

• The ability to develop new policies, procedures and protocols with relevant stakeholders and steering committees

• Well-developed organisational, communication and networking skills

• The ability to communicate among disparate disciplines

• An awareness and understanding of cultural differences in dealing with death and grief

• An interest in and demonstrated belief and enthusiasm for the work of Pieta House

• The ability to liaise in a professional manner with Pieta’s headquarters and the various function heads of each

Other: There may be other requirements specific to the post which arise during the development of the service

The successful candidate will hold a full and clean driving licence. Own transport will be required as this post will involve regular travel.

Applications should be made via email, attaching a cover letter (outlining your particular suitability to the role) with an updated Curriculum Vitae to by 5pm on Monday 25th September 2017.

• Garda vetting will be required (of the successful candidate) for this position
• Shortlisting may be required depending on the level of applications



Research Assistant

Location - Dublin (it may be possible for the candidate to work from a Pieta House centre elsewhere in Ireland)
Ideally the candidate will be based in Dublin, but it may be possible for the candidate to work from a Pieta House centre elsewhere in the country.
1-year fixed-term contract – 40 Hrs per week – Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Salary €25,000-€30,000 depending on experience

Overview of Role:
This role will involve contributing to a productive research department that aims to better understand and reduce suicide and deliberate self-harm in Ireland. This will include, but will not be limited to:

• Summarising and critically reviewing large volumes of literature into accessible material
• Producing and delivering written and verbal reports to high professional standards
• Managing research projects from design to publication
• Providing research and administrative support
• Exploring and progressing funding opportunities
• Data input and statistical analysis
• Interacting with therapists and clients
• Representing the department at various organisational and national level events

Essential Skills:
• High levels of enthusiasm and positivity
• Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
• Experience of working or volunteering in the charity sector
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
• A minimum of a 2.1 Hons Degree in Psychology (or a similarly relevant discipline)
• High standard of IT proficiency with general PC usage (e.g. MS Office suite) as well as more specific statistical software (e.g. SPSS)
• Sensitivity and discretion

Desirable Education & Experience:
• A Master’s degree in Psychology (or a similarly relevant discipline)
• Previous experience as a research assistant
• Intermediate to advanced level of statistical ability
• Experience of presenting research at a conference
• Knowledge of suicide research and provision in Ireland and internationally

Please Note: GARDA VETTING is a requirement (of the successful candidates) for this post.

Applications for this position should be made via email, attaching a cover letter (outlining your particular suitability to the role) with an updated Curriculum Vitae to by 5pm on Friday 15th September 2017


Pieta House is an equal opportunities employer