Job Title: Addiction Counsellor [Prison Counselling Service]

Responsible to: The Head of Operations and Service Delivery through the prison based Team Leader
Responsible for: The direct delivery of counselling services for persons with drug and or alcohol problems in prison.
Reports to: The Team Leader, Addiction Counselling Service.

Objective: To effectively deliver counselling and other services pertaining to the IPS Service Level Agreement, and in doing so to uphold the philosophy and working ethos of MQI.

Key Responsibilities
• The direct delivery of counselling services for persons with drug and /or alcohol problems in prison.
• To operate within professional and ethical guidelines as outlined by the Irish Prison Service and relevant professional accreditation bodies.

Client Work
• Comprehensively assess (formally or informally) prisoners referred.
• Facilitate group work/counselling.
• Deliver specific substance use interventions using a variety of models i.e. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy,  Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Relapse Prevention as well as crisis interventions,  aim of which is to promote self-efficacy and motivation to change and to reduce harm caused by substance misuse/offending behaviours.
• Attend clinical team meetings when required.
• Develop comprehensive care plans in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team and ensure regular review of individual treatment plans and goals identified.
• Keep records and observe the appropriate professional standards.
• Ensure prisoner confidentiality in the context of the multidisciplinary team work and the limitations of confidentiality as detailed within MQI’s Confidentiality Policy.
• Provide information/statistics regarding the details of counselling i.e. the nature, objectives, duration etc.
• Emphasis would be on brief interventions and agreed care plan in conjunction with other services in the prison multi-disciplinary team.
• Refer to other agencies where appropriate. This can be within the prison and within the community and is dependent on shared care plans and integrated care pathways.
• Provide information and advice supporting health promotion and the reduction of risks associated with substances misuse and dependency.
• Complete formal case closure following completion of counselling or if the individual has left counselling before completion.
• Observe IPS and MQI health and safety policies and guidelines
• To notify your line manager as soon as possible where there are reasonable grounds for concern that a child may have been abused, or is being abused, or is at risk of abuse in accordance with current legislation, MQI’s Child protection Policy and any requirements that may be set down under Irish Prison Service child protection procedure.

Service Delivery
• Participate in new initiatives, in line with the development of the services in the Irish Prison Service and the relevant Health Authority.
• Engage in multidisciplinary prison-based training as required.
• Co-operate with relevant approved research, by or on behalf of the Irish Prison Service.
• Attend meetings with the IPS and local prison management, as necessary, to review the service.
• Be familiar and abide by the operational policies of the Irish Prison Service and be aware of fire and other safety precautions as outlined in the Health and Safety Statement.

• To comply with the Team Leaders requirements in relation to all appropriate paperwork and filing of data relevant to the Service; in particular intervention records, client files and monitoring requirements.
• To work with the Team Leader in the operation of the relevant client data base system and ensure that all required data is entered on a timely and accurate basis.

• To attend all training sessions, workshops and courses as advised by the Team Leader.
• To actively engage with your Supervisor regarding ones own personal/ professional needs in the context of being an effective counsellor in the Prison Based Counselling Service.

• To maintain a good relationship with prison based multi disciplinary teams and external agencies on behalf of the MQI.
• To assist with any other duties which the Team Leader might reasonably request.

Person Specification
The ideal candidate for this position will have:
• Two years experience in a paid full-time capacity, or equivalent part time, in an addiction service or similar setting.
• Accredited counsellor with ACI, IACP or equivalent body.
• A relevant third level qualification in the area of addiction studies or social care.
• An excellent understanding of issues relating to problem drug use, criminal offending, homelessness, dual-diagnosis and progression pathways towards community-based rehab, housing and training services.
• Capacity to develop constructive relationships with clients & team.
• Capacity to work on own initiative and as part of team.
• Capacity to develop positive relationships with internal and external agencies.
• Must be able to demonstrate proficient IT skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and experience of using a database.
• Experience of developing and delivering workshops and seminars.
• Experience and skills in the referral process and assessment of clients with addiction and associated needs.
• Experience and skills in developing Care Plans.
• To be approved by the IPS Security Clearance process.

Location: Shelton Abbey Open Centre
Contract Type: Permanent contract subject to funding
Hours: 39 hours Full-Time role
Salary: €35,800 – 43,400 per annum based on a 39-hour week Plus Supervision Payment of €300 per annum.

If you are interested in applying for a Full-Time  position, please complete the application form attached to this ad and email to recruitment@mqi.ie with a copy of your CV attached by 5pm on Sunday 4th September 2022. Please ensure to include the following title in the subject line of your email ‘Application for IPS Counsellor Shelton Abbey Campus Ref REC002822’.
Applications that do not have this title may fail to be shortlisted.

MQI is an equal opportunities employer.
MQI reserves the right to review and amend this job description as

Employment Application Form REVISED Feb 2021