Jigsaw: Clinician


JOB TITLE: Jigsaw Clinician
(i.e. Clinical/Counselling/Educational Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, Psychotherapists and Occupational Therapists)

BASE: Dublin South West, Dublin 15 & Wicklow


  • Line Manager – Service Manager
  • Clinical Supervisor – Clinical Manager

CONTRACT TYPE: Permanent, full-time


The role of Jigsaw Clinician is suited to Clinical / Counselling / Educational Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses, ICP registered Psychotherapists and Occupational Therapists. The Jigsaw Clinician works as part of the transdisciplinary Jigsaw team providing brief therapeutic supports to young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The Jigsaw Clinician conducts assessments, delivers evidence informed brief interventions and participates in evaluation of the Jigsaw service. They also play a role in building the mental health capacity of frontline workers /volunteers and increasing the mental health literacy of the community.


We are Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. Formerly known as Headstrong, we were set up in 2006 and to this day, we remain committed to leading a nationwide transformation in the area of youth mental health. By joining the Jigsaw Team, you will help us to create an Ireland where every young person’s mental health is valued and supported.

In Jigsaw, we intervene early to support young people’s mental health. We are the only mental health service in the country with an exclusive focus on 12-25 year olds.

We have 13 Jigsaw services in communities across Ireland providing mental health support to young people, and we are continuing to grow year on year. Our Jigsaw services provide young people aged 12-25 with a place they can visit for free and receive confidential support from trained mental health professionals.

We educate and equip communities to help young people. Our research is the foundation on which we build our workshops for adults and young people alike. We believe that future resilience is based on early intervention and mentoring.

We listen to young people. At Jigsaw, our Youth Advisory Panel’s opinions and contributions are vital to the running of our organisation. They guide our thinking and they influence our decision-making.

We are changing the way Ireland thinks about and responds to young people’s mental health. It is essential for our young people’s wellbeing that we respond at the right time, in the right way. We work with Government, the HSE and other policymakers to make sure the right frameworks are being put in place to help Ireland’s young people for generations to come.


  • To undertake initial assessments with young people focusing on both strengths and difficulties.
  • To conduct risk assessments and implement risk management plans as appropriate.
  • To provide evidence informed brief, goal focused interventions to young people.
  • To engage in outreach work as needed.
  • To participate in clinical supervision for support and guidance.
  • To work in accordance with Jigsaw Policies, Procedures and Guidelines.
  • To liaise and consult with other professionals in supporting the mental health of young people attending Jigsaw.
  • To deliver mental health education and awareness raising programmes to a range of audiences.
  • To maintain accurate, confidential records of practice using the Jigsaw Data System (JDS) and to cooperate with reporting requirements as per the Jigsaw Record Keeping Policy.
  • To contribute to research, audit and evaluation of the service as required.
  • To work with the Youth Advisory Panel, as required.
  • To fulfil obligations as per the Children First Act 2015 and comply with the Jigsaw Child Protection and Welfare policy.
  • To comply with responsibilities under the Data Protection Acts 1988, 2003 & 2018 (GDPR).
  • To maintain professional and personal boundaries.
  • To participate in case management meetings, team meetings and attend other meetings as deemed necessary.
  • To work in a flexible manner and be open to change.
  • To be flexible regarding working hours in line with the needs of the service (incorporating late evening and weekend work).
  • To share information with the Jigsaw Service Manager, Clinical Manager, Jigsaw team and other services as appropriate in accordance with good practice.
  • To be flexible and willing to work evenings and occasional weekends, as required.


Essential Criteria: Qualifications & Registration – It is essential that you meet one of the below:

  • Doctorate or equivalent in Clinical/Counselling/Educational Psychology. Qualifications obtained overseas must be validated by the Department of Health at the time of application.
  • Mental Health Nurse registered with An Bord Altranais.
  • Social Worker registered with CORU.
  • Occupational Therapist registered with CORU.
  • Psychotherapist accredited by the Irish Council for Psychotherapy.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting, ideally with young people.
  • Demonstrate core clinical skills; assessment, formulation, risk management, intervention and evaluation.
  • Experience of undertaking mental health initial assessments and risk assessments with young people.
  • Experience of delivering evidence informed mental health interventions.
  • Training or experience in brief solution focused interventions, cognitive behaviour therapy etc.
  • Familiarity with Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017).
  • Experience of delivering training in the community.
  • Passion for working with young people within the Jigsaw Model.
  • Full, clean driving licence and access to a car.


  • Ability to engage young people in assessment and therapeutic work.
  • Ability to use formulation collaboratively with young people to support effective therapeutic work.
  • Ability to reflect on practice in order to facilitate personal learning, professional development and service improvement.
  • Ability to manage case files on an independent basis.
  • Ability to work co-operatively as part of a team.
  • Strong time management skills and capacity to prioritise competing demands
  • Ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with young people, carers, family members and other professionals in community mental health settings and with other community services for young people.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships with partner agencies and organisations.
  • Effective presentation and group facilitation skills including the ability to present information in a clear and concise manner.

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Factors taken into account in determining an appropriate scale include the candidate’s knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications relevant to the job. The salary range for this role will be €36,000 - €49,500.

Jigsaw operates the following benefits for its employee’s

  • Defined contribution pension scheme.
  • Annual leave 25 days, exclusive of public holidays and 1.5 company days.
  • Comprehensive annual CPD schedule
  • Financial support for further education

Please note

  • The closing date for applications is 12am 4th October, 2020. First round interviews are expected to take place on the 12th, 13th, 15th & 16th of October, 2020.
  • Application is by online application form only & CVs will not be accepted. Please complete all fields of the application form. Incomplete application forms will not be considered.
  • The above Job Description 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.
  • For applicants who gained their qualification/s outside of the Republic of Ireland, evidence must be provided at the time of application that their qualification/s have been validated by the Irish Department of Health.
  • As Jigsaw is a regional organisation, this role may require access to a car and the post will require travel for work and a willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, as required.
  • All Jigsaw staff members are required to obtain Garda clearance as a condition of their initial and continued employment.
  • Jigsaw is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
  • All documentation received by Jigsaw will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003 General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR; 2018). The information will only be used by Jigsaw in the processing of job applications and for ongoing administrative purposes with job candidates.

Applications can be made via our website: https://jigsaw.ie/work-with-us/

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
16th Sep, 2020
Dublin South West, Dublin 15 & Wicklow
Expiry Date
4th Oct, 2020