The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Southern Region have a vacancy for a Senior Psychologist
BROTHERS OF CHARITY SERVICES IRELAND - SOUTHERN REGION
The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Southern Region is a major voluntary organisation, which provides age related residential, educational and day services for people with intellectual disabilities, autism and communication disorders throughout the Cork and Kerry area.
Applications are invited for the following:-
SENIOR GRADE PSYCHOLOGIST - Ref: 53/2017
Permanent Full Time (37 hours per week)
Regional Autism Spectrum Disorder Team,
Details of the Service
The Regional Autism Spectrum Disorders Team was founded by the Brothers of Charity (Southern Services) in 2000. The team consists of a coordinator, Senior Psychologist, Senior Social Worker, Senior Occupational therapist and Senior Speech & Language Therapist. This is a specialist service providing:
- Diagnostic Assessments to children upto 18 years of age with complex presentations in Cork & Kerry. To date these children have included those with co-morbid mental health and/or sensory disabilities disorders; those with early childhood trauma; children in care; children who are a danger to themselves or others; and those where school or family placement is in jeopardy.
- Independent Second Opinion diagnostic assessment because of evidence of continued uncertainty about the appropriate diagnosis.
- Short term intervention and consultancy support to Network Disability Teams in the care of children whose needs are complex.
- Inservice training and consultancy to staff in Primary Care and Disability teams in relation to autism. The training includes licensed certified training from the National Autistic Society for the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO).
- Research and promotion of best practice models.
The Brothers of Charity (Southern Services) provide a range of services for children and adults with all levels of Intellectual Disabilities including specialist services in autism and challenging behaviour. These services are located in Counties Cork and Kerry.
'We are committed to working with people with an intellectual disability to claim their rightful place as valued citizens. Inclusion is a fundamental principle that underlies all aspects of our work. We believe in the intrinsic value of every person and we aim to further the dignity of all associated with our services'
We continue the Brothers of Charity Services' tradition of being open to the best contemporary influences. We want to be inspired by the most creative ideas.... And to ask how we give them concrete expression.'
The Brothers of Charity Services Ethos (2001), Going Forward Together
The HSE is committed to the roll out of the Progressing Disabilities nationally and this will have implications for practice locally. When Progressing Disabilities is implemented in Cork, existing services will change from being disability specific to generic disability services. The Regional ASD Team will be a specialist service though not exclusively for children with ASD under the proposed Progressing Disability model.
Purpose of the Post
To provide specialist psychological services as a multidisciplinary team member of the Regional ASD team.
Professional Qualifications and Experience etc.
1. The Candidates must
- Have a recognised university degree or diploma (QQI Level 8 equivalent) obtained with 1st or 2nd class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject AND a recognised professional post-graduate professional qualification in clinical, counselling or educational psychology OR an equivalent non-Irish qualification validated by the Department of Health. AND
- Have at least five years satisfactory post-graduate experience in the area of professional psychology, no more than three years of which was spent in gaining the post-graduate professional qualification and no less than two years full-time spent in post qualification experience as a professional psychologist. Years in excess of the permitted three years for completion of the post-graduate training or time not worked will not be taken into consideration when assessing the five years' experience requirement AND
- Applicants with a clinical or counselling psychology qualification must demonstrate that they have acquired in appropriate health settings, for the areas for which they wish to apply - Disability (Child and Adult), Child Psychology, Adult Psychology either at least 60 days or equivalent supervised clinical placements as part of the professional qualification or at least 60 days or equivalent post qualification supervised work experience as a psychologist. OR
- Applicants with an educational psychology qualification must demonstrate that they have acquired in appropriate health settings for the areas for which they wish to apply - Child Disability and Child Psychology; either at least 60 days or equivalent supervised clinical placements as part of the professional qualification or at least 60 days or equivalent post qualification supervised work experience as a psychologist
The above eligibility criteria apply without prejudice to applicants employed in a post of Basic Grade Psychologist or above in the Irish public health service at October 2002.
Note: Combinations of supervised clinical placement experience as part of the qualification and post qualification supervised work experience within a single care group area to give a total of 60 days are not acceptable
5. Must possess the requisite knowledge and ability (including a high standard of suitability and ability) for the proper discharge of the duties of the office.
2. Must have experience in diagnostic and intervention services with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
3 Must have experience of working with children with mental health difficulties
4. Must have a high degree of IT literacy
5. Must have a full driving license and means of transport which qualifies you to drive on Irish roads.
- Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not classified as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in which the latest date for receiving completed application forms for the office occurs.
- Candidates for and any person holding the office must be fully competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect of ability to render regular and efficient service
Candidates for and any person holding the office must be of good character.
Informal Enquiries to:
Seamas Feehan, Co-Ordinator Regional Autism Team, Tel: +353 21 4347087; e-mail:
Closing Date: Friday 27th October 2017
A panel may be formed from this competition from which future vacancies may be filled
For further information on the above OR to apply for these posts please visit our website www.brothersofcharity.ie Southern Link
The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland - Southern Region is an equal opportunities employer