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Application Deadline
22 March 2021

Interview Date
29 March 2021

Contract type
Fixed Term

8 Hours per Week for 8 Months

£35 per hour

Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest - IRIE Mind Counsellor/Psychotherapist Sessional Worker

About the role

IRIE Mind is an African and Caribbean Service designed to Champion and Promote positive Mental Health within the Black Community.

We are looking for a self-starter to provide culturally-sensitive Counselling/Psychotherapy for individuals from African and Caribbean Communities.

The candidate should have appropriate Counselling and or Psychotherapy qualifications at a minimum of diploma level 5 and or degree level with a minimum of 3 years post accreditation experience.

They should demonstrate an ability to work autonomously and have experience of working with the African and Caribbean Communities. Experience of working in mental health, with clients experiencing a range of disorders and symptoms at varying degrees of severity and in particular trauma related symptoms would be a distinct advantage.

Key responsibilities

  1. Provide appropriate fixed-term counselling to clients which encompasses
    culturally appropriate responses and integrates anti-discriminatory practice.
  2. Carry out assessments and provide an appropriate therapeutic response to
    clients with varied presenting issues and levels of intense distress.
  3. Offer a therapeutic rationale that is able to hold clients experiencing
    Complex Trauma.
  4. Work in a client-centred way and integrate a holistic framework.
  5. Offer therapeutic opportunities which elicit empowerment and personal
  6. To apply data protection, confidentiality, safeguarding, the organisation’s
    lone working policy and risk management, and all professional codes of
  7. Work within and adhere to professionally agreed guidelines such as BACP /
  8. Attend and contribute to the quarterly clinical team meetings.
  9. Participate in service evaluation by contributing to data collection and
  10. Maintain adequate records of clinical work and provide appropriate
    statistical returns as required.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff, and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We strongly encourage applications from those from ethnic minority backgrounds or other underrepresented backgrounds.

How to apply

Please download the application pack and job description from website here: 

Candidates should submit a CV and an ‘expression of interest’ of no more than 2 sides of A4, referring to the person spec and detailing why they think they are right for the position.

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 22nd March 2021. Candidates will need to be available for an interview on week commencing Monday 29th March 2021 and will need to be available for immediate start.

We are open to conversations about flexible working, however the postholder will need to be visible and present in the office, particularly during the first three months, subject to an individual Covid Risk assessment. We have a flexible approach to working from home.

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