Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Title: Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Hours: 3 days a week (open to negotiation)

Salary: Dependent on experience

Location: The Bessborough Centre (will include travel within Co. Cork)

Responsible to: ChiPPs Clinical Lead (Senior Clinical Psychologist)

The Bessborough Centre, in collaboration with Springboard Project Cork, are seeking to recruit a clinical  psychologist for a new child and adolescent mental health, and early intervention, service, specifically for children in foster or residential care between the ages of 5 and 18.

The service, called ChiPPs (Children’s Intervention and Prevention Pathways), aims to provide a range of treatment and assessment approaches tailored to children who have experienced developmental and attachment trauma through a stepped-care prevention and intervention model. The service will have multidisciplinary focus and draw on a wide range of allied health professionals, including Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychotherapists and Play Therapists.

The successful candidate will take a key role in the provision of assessment and formulation of the needs of children in care, as well as providing both direct and indirect specialist psychological input to achieve positive mental health outcomes for children, engage with children and foster carers to build or restore placement stability and intervene to enhance key relationships in the child’s family/support network.

The role will include offering specialist training and consultation to colleagues and the wider team/system around the child, such social workers, foster carers, and residential and support workers supporting children in care. We are committed to embedding an evidence-based culture of trauma-informed care and therapeutic practice and therefore keen to assess the effectiveness of our service. As such, service evaluation will be an integral part of the role.

The Bessborough Centre is trauma-informed and equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary package as well as benefits to include, enhanced maternity leave, pension contribution scheme, flexible working hours, internal and externally provided training opportunities and competitive annual leave entitlement.

Job Description:

  • To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary therapy team, providing a high quality, specialist applied psychological service to clients, their families or carers offering advice via telephone or video conference, email support, consultations, assessments and treatment to children and their parents/carers
  • To support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training /education.
  • To be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service’s operational policies
  • To compile comprehensive assessment and treatment reports and any other reports as required in connection to the children and their parents with whom they have been working.
  • To use analytical and judgement skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.
  • To provide consultation, mentorship, supervision and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users, across a range of agencies/ settings as appropriate.
  • To monitor assessment and treatment reports for quality assurance purposes and ensure they are disseminated on time.
  • To provide clinical and managerial supervision to more junior Psychologists and, if appropriate, staff of other disciplines
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team’s operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • Promote an effective team ethos.
  • Promote equality, diversity and rights, and treat others with dignity and respect ensuring services are developed, managed and delivered to meet specific needs linked to protected characteristics.
  • Promote equality, diversity and Human Rights in working practices by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and contributing to developing equality of opportunity and outcomes in working practices
  • Contribute to developing and maintaining equality of opportunity in working practices by complying with legislation and organisational policies. Advise colleagues about equality, diversity and human rights policies and procedures and ensure they are followed
  • To attend court, if required, as an expert witness.

Person Specification


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent if training was pre-doctorate accreditation)


  • Experience of carrying out specialist assessments and providing tailored therapeutic support to children who have experienced developmental trauma and their carers/adoptive parents
  • Experience in the provision of DDP and/or Theraplay to looked after or adopted children and their carers/adoptive parents is desirable but not essential
  • Experience of psychological therapy assessment and treatment of clients across a range of settings and client groups including both adults and children
  • Experience of conducting formal research, audit or service evaluation in a healthcare setting

Essential Skills:

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment formulation and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Excellent skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the service.
  • Skills in the provision of supervision and consultation to individuals and teams
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional group
  • Skills in carrying out service audits
  • Excellent time management skills and an ability to meet deadlines and prioritise workload.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, particularly in administration.


  • An understanding of developmental trauma, attachment, infant mental health, child development and neurodiversity, child and adolescent mental health issues
  • An understanding of working therapeutically with children who have experienced developmental trauma and their carers/adoptive parents.
  • An understanding of theory and research in the field of developmental trauma, attachment and therapeutic interventions with this population
  • An understanding of the role of sensory integration work in the treatment of some children who have experienced developmental trauma
  • An understanding of the use of the creative arts in a therapeutic setting.
  • An excellent understanding of safeguarding children issues as well as an understanding of care and control, notification procedures and equal opportunities, data protection and general good practice.

To Apply

To apply submit your CV and covering letter to Human Resources Department, Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork or email: by 5pm on Wednesday 8th December 2021. Interviews will be held week beginning 13th December and can be accommodated virtually if necessary.