2019.08.08 Staff Grade Psychologist - EIJB0344 | Enable Ireland

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Enable Ireland is a leading national voluntary organisation which provides essential services for 7,500 children and adults with disabilities and their families.

We require dedicated employees, with a flexible and adaptable approach, to help support our work with children and adults with disabilities in Ireland.  


2019.08.08 Staff Grade Psychologist - EIJB0344

Location: Galway
Contract Type: Permanent part time

Job Opportunity

Staff Grade Clinical / Educational Psychologist
Part time 30 Hours per week (Permanent Contract)
Galway Services
We have an exciting opportunity for a 0.8 WTE Psychologist, based at Enable Ireland, Galway

The Role:  To provide a range of psychological services to children 0 – 18 years on the Early Years / School Age Team and their families who attend City West Network Disability Team, within an interdisciplinary framework and family centred practice and to support other staff and students as assigned.

Overview of Duties & Responsibilities
Working under the direction of the Team Manager and in partnership with psychology colleagues and as a member of the interdisciplinary team, the post holder will:
• Work as a member of the interdisciplinary team to provide an integrated and co- ordinated service to children and their families.
• Provide consultation and support programmes for parents and families as appropriate.
• Provide reports and information to relevant others, refer to other professionals; liaise with schools and other external agencies as appropriate.
• Attend and participate in relevant meetings and case conferences.
• Integrate clinical / educational psychology skills with current clinical psychology theory and relevant supporting evidence based knowledge.
• Facilitate a family centred approach.
• Adhere to the principle of informed consent prior to and throughout interventions.
• Facilitate the service user to make informed decisions re:  psychology interventions.
• Use skilled observations and interviewing, including in complex situations.
• Select, implement and analyse the outcomes of standardised and non- standardised assessments.
• Collaborate skillfully with the child / young person as appropriate and work in partnership with his / her parent, family, carer to identify goals, including complex situations.
• Apply clinical reasoning to plan, grade, implement and modify interventions that are outcome based and relevant to the child or young person’s goals.
• Facilitate individual and group interventions in a skilled manner.
• Evaluate and apply outcomes of intervention in collaboration with all stakeholders.


Essential Criteria:

• Must have a recognised university degree or diploma (QQ1 level 8 equivalent) obtained with a 1st or 2nd class honours in which Psychology was taken as a major subject and honours obtained in that subject.
• A recognised professional post-graduate qualification in clinical psychology, educational psychology or an equivalent validated by the Department of Health.
• Applicants with a clinical 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
• 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, 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
• Candidates 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.

• The above eligibility criteria apply without prejudice to applicants employed in a post of 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.
Educational Psychologist must provide evidence of placement and completion in Child Psychology or CAMHS.

Experience of working with children of 0 – 18 yrs with at least one of the following disabilities (physical disability, autism, learning disability etc.) and their families.
• Broad knowledge of Psychological theory and practice.
• Knowledge of current approaches to children (0 – 18 yrs) with disabilities, in particular; intellectual disability, autism and physical and sensory disabilities.
• Demonstrate the skills and ability to utilise psychological theory and practice with this population.
• Knowledge of multi-element positive behavior support plans.
• Knowledge of a range of test materials suitable to children with disabilities of all ages.
• Demonstrates a person centred approach in the delivery of services.
• Understanding of the social model of disability.
• Provides evidence of commitment to continuous professional development.
• Fluent use of the English language.


Desirable Criteria:

• Experience of inter and trans-disciplinary team working.
• Experience of working in a disability service.
• Experience of working with children and adolescents with a range of disabilities post qualification.
• Knowledge and skills in the management of behaviours of concern.
• Knowledge and skills in conducting diagnostic assessments in children and young people including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities.
We would love to hear from you if you have a passion for working with our organisation and have the relevant experience/skills required for the role.

Please download a copy of the Job Description ad Application Form and forward your completed application by post or email to Gregory Brown, Enable Ireland, Seamus Quirke Road, Newcastle, Galway. gbrown@enableireland.ie Tel: 091 545800 

Informal enquiries to Clare Lenehan Tel: 091 545800      

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Thursday 22nd August 2019
(Applications must be made on the Enable Ireland Application Form only. CV’s will not be accepted)

Enable Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.
• The post will be subject to reference checks and Garda vetting/police clearance, as relevant.
• Due to the large volume of applications, we are not in the position to provide individual feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview.
• Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants from all sections of the community.
• The above information serves only as a guide to the advertised position.  Enable Ireland, at its discretion, reserves the right to change this prior to appointment.

Related Resources

2019.08.08 Staff Grade Psychologist Job Description - EIJB0344

2019.08.08 Staff Grade Psychologist Person Specification - EIJB0344

Employment Application Form Word Version