Community Addiction Response Programme: Addiction Counsellor (Sessional / Part-Time)

Community Addiction Response Programme (CARP KILLINARDEN CLG)

Addiction Counsellor, Sessional / Part-Time

Job Description

Job Title: Addiction Counsellor, sessional / Part-Time

Responsible for: The direct delivery of counselling services for persons with drug and or alcohol problems in the Killinarden area

Reports to: Manager of CARP

Objective: To effectively deliver counselling

Key Responsibilities

  • The direct delivery of counselling services for persons with drug and /or alcohol problems.
  • To operate within professional and ethical guidelines of CARP.
  • Comprehensively assess (formally or informally).
  • Deliver face-to-face counselling sessions as well as via telephone or zoom, as required.
  • Deliver specific substance use interventions using a variety of models including,
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Relapse Prevention as well as crisis interventions, the aim of which is to promote self-efficacy and motivation to change and to reduce harm caused by substance misuse/offending behaviors.
  • Attend team meetings when required.
  • Keep records and observe the appropriate professional standards.
  • Provide information/statistics regarding the details of counselling i.e., the nature, objectives, duration etc.
  • Refer to other agencies where appropriate.
  • Provide information and advice supporting harm reduction approach utilized in CARP.
  • To notify your line manager as soon as possible where there are Child protection concerns.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • At least Two years’ experience in a paid full-time capacity, or equivalent part time, in an addiction service or similar setting.
  • Accredited counsellor with ACI, IAACP 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 & staff 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, PowerPoint, and experience of using a database.
  • Experience and skills in developing Care Plans to include assessment of needs.

Contract Type: 1-year Fixed Term Contract

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email to with a cover letter and a copy of your up-to-date CV attached by 5pm on Friday 12th March 2021.

General Info

Date Entered/Updated
18th Feb, 2021
Killinarden, Dublin 24
Expiry Date
12th Mar, 2021