APPLICATIONS ARE INVITED BY CLINICAL AND COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGISTS FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE POSITIONS OF:
SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST (Limerick Prison)
SENIOR PSYCHOLOGIST (National Violence Reduction Unit, Midlands Prison, Portlaoise)
STAFF GRADE CLINICAL OR COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGISTS (Various locations nationally)
The Irish Prison Service (IPS) is responsible for the provision of safe and secure custody, dignity of care and rehabilitation to people in custody for safer communities. The IPS operates as an executive office within the Department of Justice and Equality and is a key component in our country’s Criminal Justice system. It employs some 3,200 uniformed and civilian staff. Currently, the nationwide estate is made up of 12 prisons and a number of other ancillary offices and facilities. Typically, the IPS manages approximately 4,000 people in custody at any one time, both male and female, aged 18 and over.
The IPS Psychology Service is a national, public psychological service. Psychologists work as part of broad multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) within all prisons across the country. The Service holds the principle of equivalence of care as its foundation. Its integrated model of care is bio-psycho-social, strengths-based and recovery focused and balances this with the principles of Risk, Need and Responsivity (RNR). Services are organised within a layered care model.
As the IPS Psychology Service provides an integrated care model, it accepts referrals for a broad range of mental health and criminogenic need. The Service prides itself on thorough, individualised, evidence-based assessment and interventions with clients, and to this end, there are excellent Continuing Professional Development opportunities for all staff members.
Prison-based Psychologists have regular contact with community agencies involved in the support and resettlement of people leaving custody. They also work with the families and carers of those in custody. Where clinically appropriate, IPS Psychologists provide time-limited community intervention(s) to support a client’s transition from custody to community.
The Service plays a critical role in supporting the broader IPS organisation (and Criminal Justice Agency partners, as required) through consultation, training and education. Placements are available for psychologists-in-training and the Service provides regular input training programmes. Psychologists are also involved in research in conjunction with various Universities.
The IPS Psychology Service is currently made up of a Head of Psychological Services, supported by a Principal Psychologist, Senior Psychologists, Staff Grade Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists. IPS Psychology Service Headquarters is based at Arbour Hill Prison, Dublin 7.
The closing time and date for applications is 12pm, Thursday 11th March 2021. For details of essential requirements and how to apply log on to: https://www.irishprisons.ie/information-centre/recruitment/
Candidates for Senior Psychologist vacancies must meet essential requirements on or before 30th September, 2021.
People interested in applying for the role of ASSISTANT PSYCHOLOGIST (please monitor the IPS recruitment website above; the annual recruitment campaign will begin shortly)