Job | Part Time

Children and Young Person Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Victim Support NI

£27,00.00 FTE - per annum pro rata
Victim Support NI supports people affected by crime in NI. We are recruiting for an Admin Support Officer who will support our service to ensure that we can continue to provide victims with the high-quality support they need in the aftermath of a crime.

Title:                          Children and Young Person Counsellor/Psychotherapist

Responsible To:      Service Manager

Location:                  Phoenix Youth works across the Northern Trust so travel will be required. The post is based in Belfast (for expense purposes) with the possibility of day clinics in Newtownabbey, Antrim, Ballymena and surrounding areas. Exact locations to be confirmed on appointment.

Hours of Work:      14 hours per week. Tuesday 1 day, other day to be agreed.

Duration:                  Fixed Term Contract until 2024

Salary:                       £27,000 FTE per annum pro rata

Recruitment:           Due to COVID-19 restrictions interviews may take place remotely via an online -medium such as Zoom, Go to Meetings or Skype. Please note that interviews will take place on Tuesday 20th December 2021.

Equal Opportunities: We are an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as Black and Minority ethnic groups, disabled people and people from the LGBT community are currently under-represented within the organisation, we would particularly welcome applications from the above-mentioned communities and backgrounds. All appointments will be made on merit.

Travel Expenses:     Travel expenses to other work locations will be paid in accordance with our organisational expenses policy and procedure

External Supervision: VSNI will cover the cost of monthly external clinical supervision fees subject to Senior managerial approval

Access NI:                This post may be subject to an Enhanced Access NI Check against the barred list for Children


The Big Lottery supported Phoenix Youth are seeking to recruit a C&YP Counsellor to join an experienced team to provide long term, therapeutic interventions for children and young people aged 8-20 who have experienced or witnessed physical, sexual or emotional trauma. In addition, the project will deliver themed psycho-education programmes for parents and guardians and knowledge sharing events with other stakeholders.


  • A professional qualification in Counselling or Psychotherapy to at least diploma level or equivalent, from a recognised, relevant validating organisation.
  • Accredited or intending to work towards accreditation with a professional body such as BACP, IACP, or HCPC
  • A recognised qualification in working with children and young people.

Skills and Experience

  • Evidence of a minimum of 150 hours, supervised counselling practice, in a formal setting.
  • Demonstrable experience of working with children/young people (age 8-20) impacted by aggression related trauma, such as domestic and sexual abuse, using a trauma informed approach. Preferably at least one year.
  • Demonstrable experience of therapeutic team working to include triage, risk assessment and evaluation.
  • Demonstrable skills in working with clients who struggle to express themselves verbally due to trauma, disability or other difficulties.
  • Demonstrable experience of using creative tools to engage children and young people, in a formal setting.
  • Demonstrable professional verbal and written communication skills, suitable to the specialty, to include communicating with children and young people, health professionals and parents.
  • Demonstrable commitment to ongoing personal and professional development to include additional training, awareness of developments in the field and compliance with the standards within your registered body.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a complex caseload.
  • Demonstrable experience of confidentiality and it’s boundaries in relation to ethical and safeguarding issues.
    Demonstrable IT skills including Microsoft Office suite.
  • Demonstrable ability to maintain a high standard of professional and personal boundaries at all times.


In addition to the above essential criteria, the following additional desirable criteria may be used to shortlist applicants:

  • Experience of case managing long term therapeutic interventions.
  • Experience of working with children and young people who have additional needs e.g. children and young people with ASD, ADHD etc.
  • Experience of working through more than one therapeutic modality.
  • Experience of administering clinical outcome measurement tools e.g. SDQ, CORE.

We reserve the right to enhance the criteria as deemed appropriate in the event of a large volume of applications.

Closing Date

Wednesday / 08 December 2021 12:00pm

Contact Details

73-75 Great Victoria Street
United Kingdom


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