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Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre

Position: Part-time Psychotherapist/Counsellor-2 positions available

  • 8 hours per week (Thursday, 13:00-21:00, every second Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 for group supervision.)
  • 15 hours per week to cover sick leave for 6 months (Wednesday, 9:00-17:00 Thursday, 13:00-21:00 every second Tuesday 9:30-11:30 for group supervision)

Pay:  €25.60 per hour 

Reporting to Manager
(Note: this reporting situation may change as the organisation responds to operational or other requirements)

Closing date Monday 23 August 2021 at 17:00 

Please sent C.V. and cover letter to  by closing date.  Late C.V’s will not be accepted.

Interview Date: Monday 30 August 2021

Job Summary

Will provide a range of professional counselling and advocacy services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, their families and support people.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide face-to-face and emergency telephone crisis support to clients.
  • Counsel individuals to deal with crisis situations, define goals, and develop realistic action
  • Conduct counselling sessions at the centre, (or alternatively at another approved outreach locations) at such times as are agreed and is required to exercise proper professional skill and diligence in the rendering of such counselling services.
  • Carry out ongoing periodic evaluations as well as a final review at the end of the counselling program.
  • Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on client’s needs, interests and abilities.
  • Maintain up-to-date records of all counselling sessions. These records must be written up and maintained after each session and retained at the Centre.
  • Evaluate the results of counselling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.
  • If requested to participate in staffing the telephone helpline resource, deal with callers to the centre and provide general information as necessary to callers/visitors.
  • Keep an accurate record of all counselling appointments made and all cancellations/non-attendances in the counselling record book and data system at the centre.
  • Liaison and consultation with other professionals and agencies, including medical services, child protection workers, mental health services, Gardaí and Courts, as authorised and directed by the Centre Manager.
  • Partaking in the Centre’s development by reviewing operational policies and procedures as requested by the Manger.
  • Observe strict confidentiality in respect of all TRCC clients and records and to keep all records (including handwritten notes) relating to TRCC clients at the Centre only.
  • Attend regular clinical supervision sessions. This supervision assists in the maintenance of standards of counselling care for clients of TRCC. The Counsellor must act in accordance with such directions and advice as given by the Centre Manager.
  • Attend one to one regular line management supports with the Centre Manager.
  • Attend team meetings and any other meetings requested by the Centre Manager.
  • Maintain full accreditation with the Irish Association of Counselling and Therapy (IACP) or Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).
  • Will engage in ongoing professional development activities. For example, attend relevant seminars, review journal or other related articles or conduct research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counselling techniques.
  • Deliver educational programmes and/or workshops/talks to relevant groups as requested by the Centre Manager.
  • Required to conduct other activities as assigned by the Centre Manager as may be reasonably required.


  • Qualifications: The Counsellor must hold a relevant professional qualification, e.g. in Counselling or Psychotherapy.
  • Training and or qualification in adolescent counselling/psychotherapy desirable but not essential.
  • In addition, the Counsellor must be fully accredited by the Irish Association of Counselling and Therapy (IACP) or the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (IAHIP).

Knowledge & Skill Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with survivors of sexual violence/trauma rape and child sexual abuse.
  • Experienced in providing individual counselling sessions.
  • Must be knowledgeable of the principles of sound therapeutic practices with victims of sexual violence.
  • Must understand victimization and demonstrate practices sensitive to sexual violence issues in therapy.
  • Extensive knowledge of the areas/issues relating to sexual violence.
  • Ability to develop good relationships with clients and establish trust from the outset.
  • Empathic and compassionate.
  • Good communicator, verbal and written.
  • Capable of working as part of a team, but it is also important that the job holder is able to work on his/her own initiative.
  • Fully competent in Microsoft Office software programs and applications and Internet applications.


Due to the nature of Tipperary Rape Crisis Centre’s business, all employees are encouraged to be COVID-19 Vaccinated.

Location: Work may be at the main centre in Clonmel Co. Tipperary and/or outreach based.