KELTOI THERAPEUTIC RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION FACILITY
C/O St. Mary’s Hospital,
Keltoi is a 20 bed “drug free” facility catering for referrals from the Addiction
Service’s detoxification unit, community clinics and other detoxification units. This
residential unit is part of the HSE Addiction Services continuum of care in Dublin
N/N.E. It presently caters for clients from the former eastern region of the H.S.E. It
focuses on using evidenced based interventions and has published research outcomes.
The residential unit, located within St. Mary’s Hospital in Dublin’s Phoenix Park,
operates within a strong ethos of work, using a multi-disciplinary approach focusing
on the “here and now” issues for the client group.
Staff joining the team will be required to have a high degree of flexibility in their
practice as they will be expected to compliment the multi-disciplinary care plan of the
clients by working along side them as they reach their goals. This involves working
with the clients as they engage in the various work activities and build their capacity
to engage in drug free living.
Keltoi functions as part of the continuum of care within addictions services and
provides a two year aftercare facility for the clients who complete the residential
component of their careplan
COUNSELLOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Job Specification & Terms and Conditions
Job Title and Grade Counsellor Substance Abuse-Keltoi
Closing Date 12th July 2013
Taking up A start date will be agreed at job offer stage.
Location of Post Keltoi-Residential Therapeutic Rehabilitation Facility, St Marys, Phoenix
Park, Dublin 20
Details of Service The person appointed to this post will work as a counsellor within the
Keltoi team. Keltoi is part of the continuum of care within the addiction
service D.N/D.N.E. and provides a residential rehabilitation service to
clients of the addiction services within the former eastern region of the
The Addiction Service delivers therapeutic interventions to
individuals and where appropriate to families affected by primary
opiate and related substance misuse.
The Service supports the provision of an integrated range of
preventative, therapeutic and rehabilitation services to meet the
diverse health and social care needs of our service users in an
accountable, accessible and equitable manner.
The strategic objectives of the Service, in line with the National Drug
Strategy, are to provide where appropriate:
Education and prevention programmes
Services aimed at delivering advice and harm
minimisation harm-reduction programmes to drug
misusers not in contact with services, including advice on
safer drug use, ways of reducing the risks of HIV and
Hepatitis transmission, advice on safer sex practice and
Treatment programmes are provided that are service user
focused and have as their objective in the short-term the
control of the drug misuser’s addiction within the context
of the long-term aim of returning the drug misuser to a
Aftercare and rehabilitation programmes that assist
misusers in accessing education, training or employment
Evaluation of the various service responses to ensure
The Service works in partnership with primary care networks, other
statutory and voluntary agencies.
Services are delivered in context of multidisciplinary teams in both
community and residential settings. Teams are responsible for case
management, assessing Server User needs, negotiating and delivering
care plans and facilitating access for our target population within
The teams generally consist of Counsellors, Nurses, General
Practitioners, Psychiatrists, Rehab Integration Workers, Pharmacists,
Outreach Workers, General Assistants, Community Welfare Officer.
Keltoi provides a residential rehabilitation facility to service users of
the addiction service in both D.N.E. and the rest of the former eastern
region of the HSE.
The post holder will possess the skill set necessary to support the
service users while they are engaged in Keltoi in developing drug free
living skills .they will be required to respond to a broad range of
Service Users issues related to substance use, including: motivation,
harm reduction, stabilisation, detoxification, relapse prevention,
relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety and phobias, loss, coping
with illness, abuse, developmental issues, adjustment problems,
stress, trauma, violence, anger, and psychosexual difficulties,
drawing on therapeutic orientations such as person-centred and
The overall Service is managed by an Addiction Services Manager
and Clinical Director together with Heads of Discipline. Counselling
is managed by Senior Counsellors.
Reporting The post holder will report to the Senior Counsellor/Manager of Keltoi
Relationship accounting for operational and professional practice, and clinical
Purpose of the Post To engage in therapeutic relationships with Service Users of
Keltoi whether during assessment, while in keltoi or in aftercare
to support them in developing drug free living skills.
The post holder will provide individual and group counselling in
The post holder will work with other members of the Keltoi team
to provide a person centred, relational care service.
Purpose of Post
Principal Duties and Clinical Practice
Provide individual / group counselling / therapy to clients of the
To Manage a caseload under supervision
Understand and prioritise Service User needs, taking account of
the role of culture, sexuality, peer group, gender, family and
mental health on beliefs and behaviours.
Assessment and treatment of Service Users, spouses and
concerned persons where appropriate
Establish appropriate therapeutic contracts in relation to clients to
facilitate the counselling process.
Provision of brief, short term and a proportion of long term
counselling/therapy for Service Users and their families as
appropriate Facilitating appropriate treatment strategies and
appropriate care plans.
Facilitation of treatment groups and therapeutic groups
Provision of a domiciliary counselling service (i.e. home,
hospital, prison etc) where relevant, and deemed appropriate, in
consultation with Senior.
Support a health promotion and focus on disease prevention.
Participation in clinical multidisciplinary team and liaison with
general practitioners, other
primary health care staff, psychiatric services, statutory/voluntary
and other agencies as appropriate.
Referral to appropriate treatment facilities, for stabilisation,
Inform and facilitate clients in accessing other appropriate health
care and support services, and referral to more specialist services
Referral of clients to self-help groups and community initiatives.
Notification of child abuse in accordance with Children First
Pre and post test counselling and short/long term
counselling/therapy for infectious diseases (e.g. HIV and
To actively participate in regular external clinical supervision in
accordance with supervision policy
To actively participate in monthly line management supervision.
To engage in in-service and other relevant training opportunities
and to keep up to date with new developments in the area of
To monitor and evaluate effectiveness and outcomes of treatment
for individuals/groups, matching therapy to needs.
Participation in the development of new initiatives: e.g.
Community based programmes
To work as part of the Keltoi team engaging in the work aspects
of the Keltoi programme including kitchen, household and garden
activities with the clients and staff of Keltoi as rostered.
To facilitate client activities including outings and visits in a
therapeutic and responsible way.
To actively participate in the creation of the therapeutic
environment in Keltoi.
Administration and Accountability
To maintain contemporaneous records and submit statistics and
activity data in timely manner as requested by Senior.
Maintain accountability within the Health Service Executive
Performance Management System
To write clear concise reports
To observe professional ethical standards and behaviours as
required by HSE and Keltoi Policies and Guidelines, Freedom of
Information Act, Data Protection Act and requirements of
relevant Professional Accrediting Bodies, ensuring confidentiality
of records and security of same.
Take corporate responsibility as well as counselling ethical
To co-operate with operation of new technology
To report to the Senior Counsellor on matters affecting the
administration of the service.
To meet with the Keltoi team as arranged by Senior.
To engage with monthly line management supervision with
To attend in service training as required.
To comply with Health and Safety regulations and review
To comply with HSE Policies and review procedures related to
Risk Management, Audits, and clinical accountability.
Flexibility in practise as is required by the Keltoi roster including
working evening and weekends as required i.e. out of hours,
provision of new programmes and service initiatives
Multi-disciplinary team working
Participate as a member of Care Teams / Networks; including
service provision, meetings, case conferences, team building and
change management initiatives.
Contribute to the development and implementation of information
sharing protocols, audit systems, referral pathways, individual
care plans and shared care arrangements.
Participate in community needs assessment and on going
Undertake Key Worker role as required.
Develop and maintain close liaison with team members, and
specialist services to ensure an integrated service for clients.
Development and evaluation of service
Support models of best evidence based practice.
Mentoring as required
Ongoing monitoring, audit and evaluation of service.
Participation in the development of new initiatives: e.g.
Community based programmes, etc
To develop and conduct relevant research within the service and
the evaluation of such research in order to improve treatment and
therapeutic standards in Addiction/HIV
1. The above job description is not intended to be a
comprehensive list of all duties involved and
consequently, the post holder may be required to perform
other duties as appropriate to the post which may be
assigned to him / her from time to time and to contribute
to the development of the post while in office.
Eligibility Criteria Each candidate must, at the latest date for receipt of completed
application forms for the post possess:
Qualifications and/ or
Professional Qualification in Counselling / Psychotherapy of at
least 3yrs Diploma Standard from Accredited Training School
recognised by a relevant professional body within the Irish
Council for Psychotherapy (ICP)
Eligibility for Accreditation with relevant Professional Body
within ICP, or IAAAC, or PSI.
A minimum of two years experience of managing a case load
under supervision, after achieving professional qualification
Health. A candidate for and any person holding the office must be fully
competent and capable of undertaking the duties attached to the office
and be in a state of health such as would indicate a reasonable prospect
of ability to render regular and efficient service.
Character Each candidate for and any person holding the office must be of good character.
Age Age restrictions shall only apply to a candidate where he/she is not
classed as a new entrant (within the meaning of the Public Service
Superannuation Act 2004). A candidate who is not classified as a new
entrant must be under 65 years of age on the first day of the month in
which the latest date for receiving completed application forms
for the office occurs.
Post Specific Demonstrate the ability to assess Service Users’ suitability for
Demonstrate competence in providing short-term therapy to Service
Users utilising therapeutic approaches such as cognitive-behavioural
therapies, brief interventions and motivational interviewing.
Post Specific Requirements Demonstrate Knowledge of adolescent/adult development and the
impact of deprivation, neglect and abuse
Demonstrate an ability to utilise both practice based evidence and
evidenced based practice in informing clinical decisions about
Demonstrate detailed up-to-date clinical knowledge of assessment
and treatment of a range of addiction and mental health problems.
Demonstrate commitment to ongoing evaluation of supervision and
clinical practice to ensure a quality and effective service
Demonstrate knowledge of notification procedures around child
protection and management of other ethical considerations relevant to
Demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation
Demonstrate competence in responding appropriately to diverse
Service Users who are vulnerable or at risk
Demonstrate an understanding of the specific therapeutic needs of
clients in a residential rehabilitation setting.
Demonstrate an awareness of the Primary Care Strategy and key
developments within the Primary Care service.
Demonstrate an ability to engage in health promotion and education
Demonstrate commitment to continuing professional development
and effective use of supervision
Demonstrate the ability to work effectively and confidently with
challenging Service Users’ processes
Demonstrate awareness of professional and personal boundaries
Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of professional and
personal support systems
Display effective interpersonal and communication (verbal and
Demonstrate ability to manage Service Users’ records effectively and
to produce counselling reports as required
Demonstrate an ability to work both as part of a multidisciplinary
team and to work independently, under Supervision
Demonstrate a willingness to develop IT skills relevant to the role
Demonstrate evidence of effective planning and organising skills
including awareness of resource management and importance of
value for money.
Demonstrate ability to manage deadlines and effectively handle
Maintain strong links with the Service Users and develop systems of
Service User evaluation
Demonstrate initiative and innovation, identifying areas for
improvement, implementing and managing change
Post Specific Requirements Demonstrate ability and a willingness to work in the therapeutic
working environment which is Keltoi. Engaging in working with the
service users in Kitchen, Household and Garden duties as rostered.
Other requirements Access to transport as post may involve travel e.g. travelling to
specific to the post locations to assess clients.
Flexible working hours – availability to work unsociable hours as
required by the Keltoi roster including working evenings and week-
Competition Specific Applicants may be short listed for interview based on information
Selection Process supplied in the application form at the closing date or in other specified
Ranking/Short listing / Criteria for short listing are based on the requirements of the post as
Interview outlined in the eligibility criteria, post specific requirements, duties,
skills, competencies and/ or knowledge section of this job specification
and the information supplied in the competency based application form if
Failure to include information regarding these requirements may
result in you not being called forward to the next stage of the
PLEASE NOTE :
1. Original documentation will be sought for all qualification
requirements for the post.
2. You will be requested to provide documentary evidence that you
have the required number of years experience for the post.
3. If you are the holder of a non-Irish qualification, please note that
your qualifications must be verified by the relevant body.
4. Your employer will not be responsible for any expenses that
candidates incur in connection with the validation of their
5. ‘Eligibility’ checking will be conducted on all application forms
received and only those candidates, who meet the eligibility
criteria i.e. the required qualifications for the position, will be
deemed eligible for inclusion in the competition.
Terms and Conditions of Employment
Counsellor Substance Abuse
Tenure The appointment is for one calendar year from date of commencement.
Remuneration The Salary for the post is: €37076
Working Week The working week will involve working evenings and week-ends to
accommodate the Keltoi roster.
Annual Leave The Annual Leave applying to the post is 27 days.
Probation The appointee shall be subject to a probationary period of 3 months.
Protection of Persons As this post is one of those designated under the Protection of Persons
Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998, appointment to this post appoints
Abuse Act 1998
one as a designated officer in accordance with Section 2 of the Act.
You will remain a designated officer for the duration of your
appointment to your current post or for the duration of your
appointment to such other post as is included in the categories
specified in the Ministerial Direction. You will receive full information
on your responsibilities under the Act on appointment.
Health & Safety Have a working knowledge of HIQA Standards as they apply to the
role for example, Standards for Healthcare and National Standards for
the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections,
Hygiene Standards etc.