Coolmine: Under 18 Addiction Counsellor [Cork / Kerry Community Health Care - Addiction Services]

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Coolmine & Cork & Kerry Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces

Coolmine is a leading drug and alcohol treatment centre providing community, day and residential services to men and women with problematic substance use and their families in Ireland since 1973. Coolmine Therapeutic Community believes that everyone should have the opportunity to overcome addiction and lead a fulfilled and productive life. Coolmine, in conjunction with the Cork & Kerry Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces, has a vacancy for an Under 18 Addiction Counsellor. The post holder will be located in Brandon House, Upper Rock Street, Tralee. The successful candidate will be required to work in any service area such as Listowel, Kilarney, Kilorglen.

The successful candidate will report to the Senior HSE Addiction Counsellor and will be based in Tralee with a requirement to travel in the Kerry area. The current vacancy for this post is for a three (3) year period.

Job Title: Under 18 Addiction Counsellor [Cork/Kerry Community Health Care -Addiction Services]

Application / Closing Date

Interested candidate, who meet the Eligibility Criteria, should send their CV and Letter of Application to Justinah Bello, HR Generalist, Coolmine at by 5.00pm on Friday 6th December 2019.

Full Job Description is available on request.

Location of Post

Cork/Kerry Community Health Care - Addiction Services

The post holder will be assigned to Brandon House, Upper Rock Street, Tralee. The successful candidate will be required to work in any service area such as Listowel, Kilarney, Kilorglen.

Informal Enquiries

Miss Kate Gibney, Southern Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force
Telephone: 021 4930100

Reporting Relationship

The post holder will be responsible to the Senior HSE Addiction Counsellor as head of discipline in the Programme Area accounting for operational and professional practice and clinical governance.

Purpose of the Post

  • To engage in therapeutic relationships with Service Users to assist in the management of Substance use and related issues.
  • The post holder will provide individual and group counselling in community care settings of the Addiction Service.
  • The post holder will work with other members of multidisciplinary care teams to provide a person centred service.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Practice

The Counsellor (Addiction) will:

  • Conduct initial and comprehensive assessments according to National protocols
  • Implementation and facilitation of appropriate Key Working, Care planning and Case Management
  • Provide individual/group counselling/therapy to clients
  • Keep appropriate patient files ie progress notes, confidential releases (no information should be given or sought about clients without first obtaining their written consent), discharge summaries etc. Attend and present case reviews at weekly conferences held by Programme Director.
  • To practice in accordance with HSE policies and standards.
  • Participation in clinical multidisciplinary team liaison with general practitioners, other primary health care staff, psychiatric services, statutory/voluntary and other agencies as appropriate.
  • Referral of clients to self-help groups and community initiatives.
  • Notification of child abuse in accordance with Children First Guidelines.

Administration and Accountability

The Counsellor (Addiction) will:

  • Maintain contemporaneous records and submit statistics and activity data in a timely manner as requested by Senior.
  • Maintain accountability within the Health Service Executive Performance Management System.
  • To write clear concise reports.
  • To observe professional ethical standards and behaviours as required by HSE Policies and Guidelines. Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and requirements of relevant professional Accrediting Bodies, ensuring confidentiality of records and security of same.
  • As a mandated person under the Children First Act 2015 you will have a legal obligation to report child protection concerns at or above a defined threshold to TUSLA & to assist Tusla, if requested, in assessing a concern which has been the subject of a mandated report.

Multi-Disciplinary Team Working

The Counsellor (Addiction) will:

  • Participate as a member of Multi-disciplinary Team including meetings, case conferences, team building and change management initiatives.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of information sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways, individual care plans and shared care arrangements.
  • To collaborate with community projects in relation to care planning.

Development and Evaluation of Service

The Counsellor (Addiction) will:

  • Support models of evidence based practice.
  • Training and supervision of other staff as required, sharing knowledge to maintain professional standards.
  • Ongoing monitoring, audit and evaluation of service.
  • Participation in the development of new initiatives: e.g. Community based programmes, training programmes etc.

The above Job Specification is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office.

Eligibility Criteria
Qualifications and / or experience

1. Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.

  1. Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:
    1. Hold a recognised qualification at Level 7 (or higher) on the QQI framework in Medicine, relevant Health & Social Care Professionals (e.g. Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy) or registered as a nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland or entitled to be so registered.
    2. Be accredited as a counsellor with the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland – ACI (formerly known as the Irish Association of Alcohol & Addiction Counsellors – IAAC) or equivalent from another jurisdiction.
    3. Have two years experience as a counsellor in the areas of addiction /subsistence misuse.
  2. Candidates must possess the requisite knowledge and ability, including a high standard of suitability and management ability), for the proper discharge of the office.

Other requirements specific to the post

  • Access to appropriate transport to fulfil the requirements of the role as the post may involve travel e.g. service delivery at multiple locations if required.
  • Flexible working hours – availability to work unsociable hours as required to provide greater access to services

Skills, competencies and/or knowledge

Candidates must:

  • Demonstrate the ability to assess Service Users’ suitability for counselling / therapy
  • Demonstrate competence in providing short-term therapy to Services Users utilising therapeutic approaches such as person-centred and cognitive-behavioural therapies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of adolescent / adult development and the impact of deprivation, neglect and abuse
  • Demonstrate an ability to utilise evidence based practice in informing clinical decisions about Service Users
  • Demonstrate knowledge of National Rehabilitation Framework and structure of HSE
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge of assessment and treatment of a range of addiction and dual diagnosis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of notification procedures around child protection and management of other ethical considerations relevant to post
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Demonstrate competence in responding appropriately to diverse Service Users who are vulnerable or at risk
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development and effective use of supervision
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and confidently with challenging Service Users’ processes
  • Demonstrate awareness of professional and personal boundaries
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of professional and personal support systems
  • Display effective interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Demonstrate ability to manage Service Users’ records effectively and to produce counselling reports a required
  • Demonstrate an ability to work both as part of a multidisciplinary team and to work independently, under Supervision
  • Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role
  • Demonstrate evidence of effective planning and organising skills including awareness of resource management and importance of value for money
  • Demonstrate ability to manage deadlines and effectively handle multiple tasks
  • Maintain strong links with the Service Users and develop systems of Service User evaluation
  • Demonstrate initiative and innovation, identifying areas of improvement, implementing and managing change
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Infection Control

Campaign Specific Selection Process
Ranking/Short listing / Interview

A ranking and or short listing exercise may be carried out on the basis of information supplied in your application form. The criteria for ranking and or short listing are based on the requirements of the post as outlined in the eligibility criteria and skills, competencies and/or knowledge section of this job specification. Therefore it is important that you think about your experience in light of those requirements.

Failure to include information regarding these requirements may result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the selection process.

Those successful at the ranking stage of this process (where applied) will be placed on an order of merit and will be called to interview in ‘bands’ depending on the service needs of the organisation.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

Tenure: 3 Year Fixed term contract
Remuneration: The Salary Scale for this post is; €39,166 – 40,529 – 41,906 – 43,280 – 44,681 – 46,304 – 47,723 – 49,586 – 51,492 – 52,297 – 55,100 – 57,286 LSI
Working Week:
The standard working week applying to the post is for a 37 hours per week.


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