Basic Grade Educational Psychologist - EIJB0169 | 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.  

 

Basic Grade Educational Psychologist - EIJB0169

Location: Kerry
Contract Type: Permanent full time

We have an exciting opportunity for a Basic Grade Educational Psychologist based at our Enable Ireland Children’s Services, Orchard Way, Oakview Village, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

The Role:  The purpose of the role is to work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team to provide Educational Psychology Services to meet the assessed needs of children, young people and their families.

Overview of Duties
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:
• Integrate educational psychology skills with current educational 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: educational psychology interventions.
• Use skilled observations and interviewing, including in complex situations.
• Select, implement and analyse the outcomes of standardised and non- standardised assessments.
• Collaborate skilfully with the service user as appropriate and work in partnership with the service users 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.

The successful candidate will have:

Essential Criteria:

Qualifications and Experience:
• Meet the requirements of the Psychological Society of Ireland, P.S.I., to work as an Educational Psychologist.

• Experience of working with children 0-18 years with at least one of the following disabilities physical disability, autism, learning disability etc. and their families.

• Good communication (oral & written) and interpersonal skills.

Professional Qualifications, Experience, etc.*
(a)  Eligible applicants will be those who on the closing date for the competition:
(i)  Applicants must have a recognised university degree or diploma (QQ1 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 qualification in clinical, counselling or educational psychology or an equivalent qualification validated by the Department of Health.
And
(ii)  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
(iii)  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.
And

Organisational and Professional Knowledge:

• Broad knowledge of Educational Psychology theory and practice.
• Knowledge of current approaches to children (0 – 18 years) with disabilities, in particular intellectual disability, autism and physical sensory disabilities.
• Demonstrate the skills and ability to utilise psychological theory and practice with this population
• Knowledge of multi element positive behaviour management
• Knowledge of a range of test materials suitable to children with disabilities of all ages
• Demonstrate a person centred approach in the delivery of services
• Understanding of the social model of disability
• Provides evidence of commitment to continuous professional development

CORE COMPETENCIES

The post holder will demonstrate an ability to:

• Conduct assessments for children/young people, using a range of test materials.
• Conduct screening questionnaires for referrals to CAMHS services.

Planning and organising of activities and resources

• Manage a caseload under supervision

Integrity & Decision making

• Make decisions in an ethical manner, consistent with P.S.I. guidelines
• Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour
• Recognise when further intervention/referral is required
• Experience in including families in decisions, in a family centred service approach
• Demonstrate reflective practise techniques to inform clinical practice.

Professional development and standards in services

• Maintain a high standard of professional behaviour and is accountable for their practice under supervision
• Demonstrates skills in planning interventions for children and their families
• Maintains accurate written and database records and reports in accordance with Enable Ireland & professional guidelines
• Meet PSI guidelines for CPD
• Deliver a quality evidence based service
• Awareness of the importance of policies and procedures within the organisation
• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality

Team Working

• Ability to work collaboratively with others
• Understands complexity of team working

Building and Maintaining Working Relationships

• Develops good interpersonal relationships with service users and their family
• Develops and maintain communication links with other staff/agencies as appropriate

Proactive approach adaptability/flexibility

• Is flexible, adaptable and open to change, under supervision
• Demonstrates a proactive approach to overall performance

Special Aptitudes & Circumstance

• Flexibility
• Proactive approach to overall performance
• Willingness to embrace service development and change
• Shows initiative and determination

 

Desirable Criteria:

Qualifications and Experience
• Experience of inter and trans-disciplinary team working
• Experience of working in a disability service.
• Experience of working with children with a range of disabilities
• Experience in the management of challenging behaviours

Professional & Organisational Knowledge
• Knowledge of Assessment of Need process
• Experience in the disability sector
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of the Bio Psycho Social Models of Disability as adopted by Progressing Disability Services

Core Competencies
• Assessing children/young people using a range of test materials suitable to children and disabilities
• Be competent in observational techniques of children/young people in a variety settings
Planning & Organising of activities and resources
• Presentation skills for in service to teachers and parents

Integrity & Decision Making
• Experience in making decisions in consultation with interdisciplinary teams.

Professional development and standards in services
• Good awareness of legislation related to working with children

Team working
• Experience of working within an inter-disciplinary team.

Proactive approach adaptability/flexibility
• Willingness to embrace service development and change

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 the Job Description, Person Specification and Employment Application form below and return to Maria Leyden at the address below or by email to Lorraine Hopkins at lhopkins@enableireland.ie.  Informal queries to Lorraine Hopkins by phone 066 712 8220.

Completed applications to be send to: Maria Leyden, Children’s Services Manager, Orchard Way, Oakview Village, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Closing date for receipt of application form is  25 January 2019at 4pm
Interviews will take place on 11 February 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

2018.10.12 Basic Grade Educational Psychologist Job Description - EIJB0169

2018.10.12 Basic Grade Educational Psychologist Person Specification - EIJB0169

Employment Application Form Word Version