The Irish Prison Service (IPS) are recruiting two full-time permanent Grade II Psychologists to the Midlands prison, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Portlaoise town is less than one hour via motorway and public transport from Dublin city. The Midlands prison is Ireland’s largest prison, holding 870 people in custody including approximately 450 people convicted of sexual offences. The Midlands prison is also in the process of developing a National Violent and Disruptive Prisoner (VDP) Unit, based closely on the Close Supervision Centre model in Her Majesty’s Prison High Secure Estate, UK. This will be a co-led unit, managed by Operations and Psychology staff and is expected to open mid-2018.
One of the successful Psychologists will be based in the VDP Unit with limited input to the Midlands prison. The other Psychologist will work full time in the Midlands prison. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team including Prison Governors, Prison Officers, Probation Officers, Doctors, Nurses, Psychiatrists, Teachers, Employment, and Resettlement officers, the successful candidates will, under supervision, provide a Psychology Service to clients who are experiencing a wide range of emotional, mental health, personality and other offence related difficulties. The IPS Psychology Service provides an excellent range of CPD opportunities for staff.
Interested candidates must:
- Be eligible for graduate membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) or the British Psychological Society (BPS).
- (i) Hold a postgraduate professional qualification in Clinical Psychology recognised by PSI. (Applicants with qualifications obtained outside of Ireland must obtain a statement of equivalence in Clinical Psychology from the Department of Health);
- (ii) Hold a postgraduate professional qualification in Counselling Psychology recognised by PSI. (Applicants with qualifications obtained outside of Ireland must obtain a statement of equivalence in Counselling Psychology from the Department of Health)
- (iii) Hold a recognised postgraduate qualification in Forensic Psychology and have obtained Chartered Forensic status from the British Psychological Society.
For a full job description, and application form please see www.publicjobs.ie