Merchant's Quay Ireland: Counsellor (Part-Time)

MQI are recruiting a Part Time Counsellor for a 12mth Fixed Term Contract to work with the Team Leader in the Irish Prison Service based in Cork Prison in delivering a counselling service for persons with a drug or alcohol problem in prison.

The ideal candidate for this role will have:

Person Specification

  • Two years’ experience in a paid full time capacity, or equivalent part time, in an addiction service or similar setting.
  • Accredited counsellor with ACI, IACP or equivalent body.
  • A relevant third level qualification in the area of addiction studies or social care.
  • An excellent understanding of issues relating to problem drug use, criminal offending, homelessness, dual-diagnosis and progression pathways towards community based rehab, housing and training services.
  • Capacity to develop constructive relationships with clients & team.
  • Capacity to work on own initiative and as part of team.
  • Capacity to develop positive relationships with internal and external agencies.
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficient IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-point and experience of using a database.
  • Experience of developing and delivering workshops and seminars.
  • Experience and skills in the referral process and assessment of clients with addiction and associated needs.
  • Experience and skills in developing Care Plans.
  • To be approved by the IPS Security Clearance process which can take 4 months + to complete.

Salary: €16,968 based on 19.5hr week
Hours: 19.5 hours per week
Duration: 12mth fixed term contract
Days: TBC
Location: Cork Prison

If you are interested in applying for this position please complete the attached application form and send to with the subject line Vacancy for the Position of ‘Part Time Counsellor IPS’ attaching a copy of your updated CV before the closing date of 5pm, Friday the 20th January 2017.


The Glen, Cork

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