Location UK / Ulster

Job Type Permanent part-time, Trainee

Salary See description

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1369810

 Job Description

To provide counselling for adults with acquired brain injury and their family members.

Main Duties

  1. To deliver a counselling service to adults with acquired brain injury and to provide regular feedback on the delivery of this service to the Service Manager.
  2. To counsel individuals in a one-to-one settings on a range of issues including:

–       Trauma and life-changing events

–       Depression and anxiety

–       Adjusting to acquired disability

–       Sexual health

–       Relationship and marriage problems

–       Drug and alcohol dependency

–       Anger management

  1. To counsel individuals on any other areas that they may raise within parameters agreed in supervision
  2. To counsel family members of people with acquired brain injury in one-to-one settings.
  3. To engage in training and discussion with other members of the staff team and service manager.
  4. To coordinate and manage volunteers counsellors as and when required.
  5. Maintain records and statistical returns.
  6. Any other duties that may reasonably be required.

 This job description outlines the current main responsibilities of the post, however, the duties of the post may change and develop over time and the job description may be amended in consultation with the post holder.

Person Specification – Counsellor




  1. Recognised qualification higher diploma or degree level, for e.g. BACP recognised course.
  2. Eligibility for BACP/NCS Registration and accreditation or equivalent or evidence that counsellor is working towards this.


  1. Evidence of relevant courses/components undertaken e.g. neuropsychology
  2. Degree in psychology
  3. 2 years experience of counselling.
  4. At least 6 months post graduate experience within a healthcare setting.



  1. Experience of counselling work with people with cognitive impairment.
    1. Understanding of the issues relating to acquired brain injury.
    2. Ability to work within BACP Code of Ethics.
    3. Awareness of the issues associated with trauma and life-changing event, depression and anxiety, adjusting to acquired disability sexual health, relationship and marriage problems, drug and alcohol dependency and anger management
    4. Ability to demonstrate excellent clinical reasoning and problem solving skills.
    5. Knowledge and experience of audit and monitoring.
    6. Demonstrate the ability to work within evidence based practice guidelines.
    7. Excellent organizational and self-motivational qualities
    8. Good literacy and numeracy skills and working knowledge of Microsoft Office
    9. Ability to work under pressure and to stay calm in stressful situations

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities


  1. Understanding of the voluntary sector
  2. To be aware of the various other support services available to service users in their local area


Other Requirements

  1. Personally and professionally responsible
  2. A commitment to team working
  3. A commitment to equal opportunities
  4. Willingness to work occasional evenings
  5. Driving license and access to a car



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