Novas (Limerick): Counsellor (Part-Time)


Novas is a voluntary organisation and Approved Housing Body working with families, children and single adults who are disadvantaged and socially excluded; primarily those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. We provide a range of housing, health and recovery services and accommodation for marginalised households throughout Ireland primarily using a trauma informed approach (all staff are trauma informed and trained) and a harm reduction model of support. We also provide bespoke community based supported living services for persons that find themselves homeless with complex support requirements on both the Intellectual Disability and Mental Health spectrums.

Novas are currently seeking applications from energetic and enthusiastic individuals to join our team as Counsellor at our Health and Recovery Service located in Limerick.  The successful candidates will be afforded necessary training and development in line with the role. Candidates must be highly motivated, creative and experienced with a passion for engaging with clients who are homeless/at risk of homelessness.

Position: Part Time Counsellor (20hpw)

Where: Limerick

Contract: Permanent (subject to funding)

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A degree in counselling or psychotherapy. We will also consider a diploma in counselling if accompanied with a degree in psychology, social care or a related discipline. You will also require accreditation with a professional body, minimum 2 years’ accreditation required.
  • An excellent academic record, and appropriate personal qualities (maturity, emotional stability etc.) are required. Relevant experience is essential.
  • Excellent core counselling skills.
  • Excellent motivational skills.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence in people from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • Ability to produce clear, concise written reports.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the harm reduction model.
  • Understanding of the needs of vulnerable communities.
  • A confidence in working with clients who have experienced adversity, trauma, deprivation, complex grief, bereavement, and also intimidation.
  • Understanding of impact of addiction on family members, experience in family mediation is desirable.
  • Full clean driving license and use of own car.

Please see attached Job Description and Peron Specification for more information

Closing Date for receipt of completed application forms is 21st August 2020

For further information please visit Please complete the application form and return it to or call Alicja on 086-410 3026

Novas is committed to ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe from harm. As a consequence, Garda Vetting will be carried out for all Novas staff. Garda Vetting is part of the Novas recruitment and selection process and a pre-employment requirement.

Benefits: Novas full time staff receive 26 days annual leave, employer pension contribution after successful probation period, flexible work arrangements, access to supports such as Support and Supervision, external supervision if required and Psychological First Aid. Staff receive a wide variety of on-the-job training, with core training including First Aid, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, MAPA (Management of Actual and Potential Aggression), Overdose Response and Naloxone Administration. They gain a wide range of experience on the front-line- this can act as a springboard for other career opportunities within Novas.

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General Info

Date Entered/Updated
27th Jul, 2020
Expiry Date
21st Aug, 2020