Pieta’s vision is a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Pieta provide a range of counselling services for people who are suicidal, engage in self-harm or who are bereaved by suicide. Pieta also operate a national 24-hour helpline (1800 247 247) and a dedicated Education and Training 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.

Our centre in Athlone requires a therapist to join their team to work with children and adolescents.

Contract available:

20 hour contract - spread over 4 days per week

(5x consecutive working hours each day)

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Location: Athlone
Position Type: Permanent
Salary: €30 per hour

Role & Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the Lead Therapist the role of the Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist is to provide professional and compassionate therapeutic support to children & adolescents who are in suicidal or self-harm crisis, and those bereaved by suicide.

  • Conduct face to face risk & suitability assessments and implement risk management plans as appropriate

  • Provide evidence informed, brief, strengths based & goal focused interventions

  • Work in accordance with Pieta’s Policies, Procedures and Guidelines

  • Liaise and consult with other professionals in supporting the client as required

  • Maintain accurate, confidential records of practice using Salesforce

  • Attend external clinical supervision twice per month (paid by Pieta) and attend group supervision internally in Pieta once per month

  • Contribute to research, audit and evaluation of the service as required

  • Maintain professional and personal boundaries

  • Participate in team meetings and attend other meetings as deemed necessary

  • Share information with the Lead Therapist, Regional Manager, Pieta team and other services as appropriate in accordance with good practice

Education, Skills & Experience:

  • A recognized qualification at minimum Level 8* or higher qualification on the NQAI framework in Counselling or a Level 9 in Counselling Psychology. (*A recognised Level 7 in Counselling & Psychotherapy obtained pre-2018 will be accepted)

  • Be a fully accredited Psychotherapist / Counselling Psychologist with IACP, BACP, IAHIP, FTAI, IAPTP, APPI, APCP, NAPCP, PSI or ICP.

  • Experience of working with U18's is essential - formal qualification desirable

  • Knowledge of Brief Solution Focused Interventions, CBT etc.

  • Ability to reflect on practice in order to facilitate personal learning, professional development and service improvement

  • Demonstrate great warmth and the ability to empathize

  • Strong interpersonal & communication skills

  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team

  • Strong time management skills and capacity to prioritize competing demands

  • Ability to foster good working relationships with external agencies and organisations

  • Ability to fulfil obligations as per the Children First Act 2015

Employee Benefits:

  • 2 paid days to attend a course relevant to your role in Pieta and €150 contribution towards a CPD course

  • Entitlement to 2 paid supervision (independent) sessions per month up to a maximum of €70 per session

  • Occupational pension scheme (Upon completion of probation period)

  • Travel pass & bike to work schemes

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Employee discounts

  • Supportive team environment with monthly in house group supervision and Pieta Way training for all new starters

Note: Garda Vetting is required (of the successful candidates) for all positions.

Applications for the above should be made through our website or via email, attaching a cover letter (outlining your particular suitability to the role) with an updated Curriculum Vitae to recruitment@pieta.ie by 25th August 2022.

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