Crosscare - Drug & Alcohol Programme: Youth Specific - Substance Misuse Counsellor

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Position Title: Youth Specific - Substance Misuse Counsellor
CROSSCARE, Drug & Alcohol Programme (DAP)
Area of operations: Finglas South
Responsible to Gerard Kelly, Manager, (DAP)
Hours of Work: Permanent contract. 35 hours per week. Flexible working hours required, i.e. availability to work unsocial hours is required to ensure relationship building with young people in Finglas Youth Service.
Salary: Circa 37K

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Service Provision

  • To work as part of Finglas Youth Service ensuring the day to day operation of the service runs smoothly and in accordance with organisational procedures.
  • Assist in developing programmes and activities designed to help young people and families address issues around substance misuse in the Finglas South area.
  • In conjunction with the Manager and Finglas Youth Service, review and plan for new referrals including preparation of formal assessment process.
  • To approach the work from a Servant Leadership perspective and work within the values of Crosscare where the needs of the young people always come first.
  • Have a flexible approach to the work in response to organisational change, development and review of best practice.
  • To work as part of the DAP and Finglas Youth Service team with regular and consistent communication, participating actively in all team meetings and supporting the organisation’s ethos.
  • To be aware and competent in the area of best practice as it applies to community drug initiatives and community based interventions and health promotion.
  • Comply with child safeguarding procedures in line with Children’s First National Policy,
  • To monitor and evaluate effectiveness and outcomes of treatment for young people.
  • Carry out administrative procedures in accordance with organisation policies and procedures.
  • To prepare written reports, statistics and other information that may be required by the Services Manager.

Service User/Young People

  • To identify, engage and work directly with young people (aged 10-24) who are ‘at risk’ of harm as a result of substance use / misuse.
  • Work with the young people in Finglas Youth Service to develop trusting and respectful relationships and deal with problematic situations in a sensitive manner.
  • To deliver/facilitate evidence based family interventions to young people aged 10-24.
  • To identify potential gaps to progression for young people and problem solve in conjunction with other services.
  • To liaise and network with other agencies – i.e. statutory, voluntary and community.
  • Ensure all aspects of case management are undertaken including intervention planning and recording of all relevant information.


  • Ensure compliance with necessary recording procedures e.g. eCASS, Service user files, case notes.
  • To maintain records and submit statistics and activity data in a timely manner.
  • To observe professional ethical standards and behaviours as required by organisation policies and procedures, Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and requirements of relevant professional accrediting bodies ensuring confidentiality and security of records.
  • Complete individual reports in a timely manner at an acceptable standard.


  • To attend and participate in group clinical supervision as required.
  • Engage fully in individual supervision.
  • To actively participate in line management supervision.
  • Agree work plan and targets with line manager taking into account the needs of young people in Finglas Youth Service.


  • Attend all core training in line with CROSSCARE’s requirements (e.g. eCASS, Children’s First, etc.).
  • Responsible for keeping updated on organisation’s policies and procedures.
  • Identify and discuss professional training needs and training programmes with line manager in order to maximise own potential and development.
  • Utilise other forms of self-directed learning to maximise professional learning (on line training, shadowing opportunities with Youth Workers).
  • To engage in in-service and other relevant training opportunities and to keep up to date with new developments in the area of counselling/therapy and Youth Work.
  • Support models of best practice / evidence based practice.
  • Participate in the development of new initiatives: e.g. Community based programmes, training programmes etc.

Health & Safety

  • Adhere to Health & Safety Policies and Procedures e.g. Lone Working Policy, Transport Policy, etc.
  • Adhere to all Fire Safety regulations.

Essential Criteria

  • Professional qualification in Counselling / Psychotherapy to a minimum level 8 (as per the National Framework of Qualifications) and to be accredited with IAAAC, IACP or equivalent body.
  • Minimum of 2 years paid experience (post qualification) of direct work in addiction.
  • An understanding of the needs of young people, particularly those coming from a disadvantaged area.
  • Minimum of 2 years post accreditation experience of managing a caseload under supervision.
  • Experience of and competence in care planning and case management with individuals across the continuum of care.
  • Experience of and competence of formal screening, assessment and care plan development.
  • Experience of and competence in providing support to those in crisis.
  • Have clear competence in working with adolescents and families involved in substance misuse.
  • Have experience of high quality inter-agency work, involving community, voluntary and statutory agencies.
  • ACRA & CRAFT qualification.
  • Experience in facilitating psychosocial therapeutic and educational group work.
  • Possess an understanding of the current National Drugs Strategy, Substance Misuse Strategy and the National Drug Rehabilitation Framework.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
  • Ability and competence in the use of IT Systems – Microsoft Word, Excel, email and eCass.

In addition, successful applicants must be available to work irregular hours including evenings.

Application Process

Please send current C.V. to stating position applied for. Closing date for applications 17th May 2019 @5PM

Crosscare Is An Equal Opportunities Employer.

This job offer will be made subject to Garda Vetting


Finglas, Dublin 11

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