Infant Mental Health Specialist

The Bessborough Centre is recruiting an Infant Mental Health Specialist to complement our multidisciplinary clinical team. The successful candidate will provide high quality infant mental health intervention and consultation to families and individual clients, as well internal and external practitioners and colleagues. The role will be aligned to the core competencies for an Infant Mental Health Specialist as set out by the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health in 2018.

Key Responsibilities

  • The successful candidate will have an in-depth expertise related to theoretical foundations of attachment, trauma, separation and loss; pregnancy and early parenthood; young child development and behaviour; relationship focused therapeutic practice; family relationships and dynamics; disorders of infancy and early childhood; psychological and parenting assessment, mental and behavioural disorders in adults; research and evaluation.
  • Whilst the role will primarily be related to consultation, training, supervision and service development/research, the successful candidate will be required to contribute to direct client work through observation, screening and assessment, intervention and treatment planning, developmental guidance, relationship-based therapies, advocacy, safety planning and reflective supervision.
  • The successful candidate will have advanced relationship building and maintaining skills, be able to support colleagues and promote balanced evaluation with regard to all elements of the service and provide formal and informal coaching and mentoring. There will be an expectation that the successful candidate will also engage in crisis management, ad-hoc consultation and general collaborative working to ensure the smooth operation of services.
  • The successful candidate will have a leadership mentality and be a positive role model to all colleagues, demonstrate personal commitment and empathy in promotion of all aspects of our service delivery model.
  • The successful candidate will have high level of awareness around of government law and regulation, ethical practice and agency policy and well as a high level of systems expertise on a local and national level.
  • He/she will have advanced communication skills to communicate effectively and efficiently will all service stakeholders. This will be both verbal and written and, as required, through providing clinical reports in accordance with professional standards. These reports may be required to be released to the referring agency and/or the Courts, as requested. He/she will have advanced ability to influence and persuade appropriately to promote effective and balanced infant mental health practice and principles where necessary.
  • He/she will also demonstrate advanced problem solving and analytical capacity that can hold multiple viewpoints in mind at any one time to influence and contribute meaningfully to decision making forums (e.g. the infant/child, parent, service provider) in order to advocate realistic expectations for the development of infants/young children and promote strategies to support those expectations.
  • He/She will also contribute to service planning, development, evaluation and quality initiatives within the service. This is to include the development of an in-house Infant Mental Health training curriculum for staff to complement our service delivery model.
  • Provide regular CPD training to external professionals to promote and develop Infant Mental principles and practice on a national level to include participation in the co-ordination of training events/workshops and conferences along with other Bessborough staff
  • Initiate and contribute to avenues where government policy can be influenced to promote infant mental in collaboration with CEO and service managers. Play a key role in the planning and development of new service opportunities aimed at providing direct infant mental health and parenting input to complex family systems in the community.
  • Intensively engage in research opportunities utilising existing our database and well as initiate new avenues for research and evaluation. Play a key role in ongoing service evaluation and development of Bessborough’s Trauma Informed Service Delivery Model
  • Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job, work within the code of professional ethics of the Psychological Society of Ireland and Irish Association for Infant Mental Health and participate in appropriate professional supervision and training activities.
  • Report to senior management and the heads of services to ensure co-ordinated and comprehensive service delivery to, and effective communication with, all stakeholders.

This job description indicates the main functions & responsibilities of the post & is subject to review & amendment in the light of project developments & changing circumstances & may include other duties & responsibilities as may be determined from time to time by Bessborough Centre Management.

Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a post-graduate professional qualification in clinical or counselling psychology recognised by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), or the British Psychological Society (BPS) and be eligible for Senior Grade employment. They will also have a validated qualification in Infant Mental Health


Salary will be at a fixed point on HSE consolidated pay scale for Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

 To Apply

To apply submit your CV and covering letter stating how you meet the criteria to Human Resources Department, Bessborough Centre, Blackrock, Cork or email: by 5pm on Monday 14th December 2020.