Pieta’s vision is a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.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.

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Location: Balbriggan, Co. Dublin
Position Type: Permanent, full time (35 hours over 5 days)
Salary: €55,419 per annum

About the Role:

Role: Child & Young Person Psychotherapist

Reporting to: Clinical Service Manager

Location: Inclusion Hub, Sarsfield house, Georges Street, Balbriggan

Employment Type: Permanent, full-time (35 hours over 5 days)


Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 5pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 12pm - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm

Salary: €55,419 per annum 

Reporting directly to the Clinical Service Manager the role of the Child & Young Person Psychotherapist is to provide professional and compassionate therapeutic support to children aged under 18, young people aged between 18 & 25 and their families who are experiencing suicidal ideation or self-harm crisis, and those bereaved by suicide.

The main responsibilities of this role include:

Working directly with children, young people and their families in the facilitation of:

  • Pieta risk & suitability assessments

  • Development and implementation of risk management plans as appropriate

  • Evidence informed, brief, strengths based & goal focused interventions

  • Effective Case Management support to clients and their families

  • Structured family and peer support groups


  • Engage with clients using a person centred approach, exhibiting professional boundaries while ensuring the values and ethos of Pieta are upheld

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

  • Work in accordance with Pieta’s Policies, Procedures and Guidelines to ensure consistent delivery of services and compliance with legislation e.g  in the following areas: Health and Safety, GDPR and Child Protection

  • Deliver all assessments, interventions and supports in line with the Pieta Way Therapeutic Model

  • Work collaboratively with clients and their family members to promote the cofacilitation of support and treatment plans

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

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

  • Maintain accurate, confidential records of practice in line with Pieta policy and GDPR legislation

  • Carry out administrative procedures in accordance with organisation policies

  • Build relationship and work formally with service providers and local community stakeholders to support children, young people and their families affected by suicidal ideation, self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide

  • Identify potential gaps and barriers to supporting clients and families and work collaboratively on an intra and interagency basis to address these

  • 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 Clinical Team meetings and attend other meetings as deemed necessary

  • Share information with the Clinical Service Manager, Regional Manager, Pieta team and other services as appropriate and in accordance with best practice

  • Support the Clinical Service Manager in responding to strategic priorities for the service, region and organisation

  • To be involved in the preparation of reports, statistics and other information that may be required by the Clinical Service Manager and/or Regional Manager/Clinical Director

  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development, operations and review of best practice

  • Report to the Clinical Service Manager for individual support, management supervision, performance appraisal working within the parameters of the Pieta HR and H&S policies and procedures

  • To manage incidents and emergencies as they occur and bring them to satisfactory conclusion within the framework of Pieta policies and to record details of such incidents as required

  • Ensure that all relevant documentation is completed, and that links are being made with the appropriate internal and external services to support clients and develop services

  • To assist in the recruitment, induction and retention of Staff, Pre accredited Therapists and Volunteers

  • To provide support to the Fundraising Team in relation to any events being held in connection with the service

  • To undertake ad-hoc duties as required by the Clinical Service Manager and/or Regional Manager/Clinical Director

  • Ensure compliance with organisation policies to ensure consistent delivery of services and maintenance of quality standards including:

o   Health and Safety

o   Consent & Confidentiality

o   Assessment, Support Planning and

o   Professional Boundaries

o   Child Protection

o   Best Practice Guidance for Suicide Prevention Services

Essential Education, Skills & Experience required:

  • 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 with accreditation will be accepted)

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

  • Experience in working with children and/or adolescents (experience must be as a counsellor / psychotherapist / counselling psychologist)

  • Formal Qualification in working with children / adolescents

  • Experience of working with crisis intervention and suicide bereavement

  • Experience of group facilitation and delivery of psychoeducational supports to clients and family members

  • 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

  • Experience of managing a caseload of clients

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

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

Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive salary and 24 annual leave days per annum ( plus additional 2 concession days for Good Friday & Christmas Eve)

  • Paid external supervision sessions

  • Pieta Way training for all new starters

  • Bursary Scheme- €3000 contribution to course relevant to your role at Pieta with 10 days study leave

  • Access to 5% contributory pension scheme

  • Life Assurance benefit

  • Employee Assistance Programme

  • Travel Pass/Bike to Work Scheme

Applications for this post should be made via the website or by email to recruitment@pieta.ie by 5th December 2023.

Online interviews will be held shortly after the closing date

Please attach a CV and cover letter outlining your particular suitability to the role.

Please Note: Garda Vetting is required of the successful candidate

Pieta is an equal opportunities employer, meaning we do not discriminate based on age, race, colour, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or physical/mental disability. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace for all. We offer additional support to those with additional requirements. Please let us know if you require support ahead of your interview.

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