Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Key Objectives:

Bessborough Child and Family Services are hiring a full time or part time Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to ensure the systematic provision of a high quality highly specialist  psychological interventions to children and families between both residential and community settings.

Within our residential setting the successful candidate will:
– Contribute to care and assessment plans of Parent and Infant unit through ongoing provision of consultation and support to the multi-disciplinary team.
– Undertake psychological assessment, including neuropsychological assessment where appropriate and within the scope of the therapist’s training
– Deliver individual and group psychological interventions, where appropriate.
– Be a key player within clinical team alongside the Unit Manager to assist with service improvement and implement service changes.

Within community based services the successful candidate will:

– Ensure the systematic provision of a high quality highly specialist clinical/counselling psychology to external professionals, foster carers, parents and children
– Provide psychological assessment, parenting capacity assessment and intervention for parents and children experiencing a wide range of social, psychological     and functioning difficulties

Both elements of this job role include:

– High level of commitment to and promotion of key principles underlying service frameworks to include infant mental health, trauma informed care and relational working model.
– Supervising and supporting the psychological assessment and support provided by assistant psychologists, doctoral trainee clinical psychologists and other clinical members of the team. who provide psychologically based care                                                                                                                                                                      – Providing ad hoc advice and guidance to colleagues as well as to social care and social work in planning and implementing care plans for families and children with psychological care needs.
– Working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of local policies and procedures.                                                                                  – Exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within both community and residential services.
– Utilising research skills, as a major requirement of the job, for audit, policy and service development and research.
– Proposing and implementing policy changes and contribute to overall ongoing service development and betterment


  • Professionally qualified Counselling/Clinical Psychologist eligible for registration with Psychological Society of Ireland or British Psychological Society
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively with clients, their families, carers and professional colleagues to include court attendance

This is a permanent position subject to initial six months’ probation period. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications 

The deadline for application is 5pm on 27th July 2020.

To apply please send a Cover Letter and CV to For further enquiries please contact Dr Calem De Búrca (CEO) on 021-4357730