Tender for Sessional Counsellors in the Border Region of the Republic of Ireland


Need To Talk (NTT) is a cross border counselling, confidence building and peer support programme for socially isolated people with sight loss across Northern Ireland (NI), Ayrshire & Arran, part of Highlands & Islands in Western Scotland (WSc) and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland (BCI). NTT is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The Need to Talk counselling and confidence building initiative will be delivered through partnership between RNIB NI and Scotland, and Fighting Blindness in the Republic of Ireland.


To provide therapeutic counselling in the border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Fighting Blindness seeks to establish a panel of counselling psychotherapists (counsellors). The panel of counsellors will be used on a call off basis to provide face-to-face counselling for clients of all ages, including children and young people (eleven years plus), under the Need To Talk (NTT) initiative in the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan and Louth.

Selection Criteria
Applicants must:
1. be accredited members of the IACP and/or BACP.
2. demonstrate they have trained in the integrative and humanistic approach to psychotherapy
3. demonstrate their ability to practice in a person-centred manner
4. provide evidence of previous experience. (Working with sight loss is not essential however it would be an advantage.)
5. demonstrate their experience of using counselling assessment tools.
6. provide counselling in fully accessible venues
7. In order to ensure clinical governance consent Fighting Blindness to have a relationship with the therapists supervisor
8. Provide certificate of professional indemnity & public liability insurance cover to a minimum of €6.5 million and evidence of renewal as appropriate together with a letter of indemnity from insurers to Fighting Blindness.
9. undertake successful completion of the safeguarding process i.e letter from An Garda Siochana or Access NI as appropriate. Prior to being appointed
10. provide satisfactory evidence of right to work in the country where necessary.
11. Provide a tax clearance certificate or in its absence, agreement to withhold tax from payments.
12. Candidates will also be required to attend and pass a competency based interview in each of the areas below:

Candidates will be assessed at interview in the following areas:

• Experience of counselling young and older people and/or people with disabilities

• Ability to identify important considerations when providing counselling by a variety of mediums

• Ability to use telephone counselling skills to enable clients to explore their situation and to make appropriate choices about the emotional support they seek

• Ability to identify the practical and emotional issues, that you expect to encounter when working with clients who are losing their sight and ageing.

• Ability to initiate, plan and implement counselling within a time limited framework service to a person with sight loss and managing waiting lists effectively

• Understanding of the need for boundaries and ability to implement these.
• Understanding of policies and procedures, which are relevant to counselling.

• Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, adapting style to suit the audience

• Ability to manage and maintain information

• Ability to work as part of a team.

• Ability to work creatively and flexibly, to participate in developing an innovative service.

Selection criteria will be assessed on a pass / fail basis. For more information please download the following the documents:

Further Information on Tender for Sessional Counsellors