We’re recruiting a Sessional Counsellor in Co Sligo

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 is being delivered through partnership between RNIB NI and Scotland, and Fighting Blindness in the Republic of Ireland.

Download the Sessional Counsellor application form


To provide therapeutic counselling in the border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Fighting Blindness seeks to establish a panel of counselling psychotherapists (counsellors). This opportunity is open to (suitably qualified) counsellors residing in any jurisdiction, including Ireland, Great Britain and Northern Ireland with a premises in Co. Sligo.

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. Opportunities may develop for those counsellors providing face to face counselling to undertake training in and subsequently provide telephone and online training.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be accredited members of the IACP and/or BACP
  • demonstrate they have trained in the integrative and humanistic approach to psychotherapy
  • demonstrate their ability to practice in a person-centred manner
  • provide evidence of previous experience (working with sight loss or experience of telephone counselling are not essential however they would be an advantage)
  • demonstrate their experience of using counselling assessment tools
  • provide counselling in fully accessible venues
  • provide certificate of professional indemnity and 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
  • undertake successful completion of the safeguarding process i.e. a letter from An Garda Siochana prior to being appointed
  • provide satisfactory evidence of right to work in the country where necessary
  • in order to ensure clinical governance, consent to Fighting Blindness having a relationship with the therapist’s supervisor
  • provide a tax clearance certificate or in its absence, agreement to withhold tax from payments.

Application Process

Interested persons should complete and return the submission document and submit an up-to-date CV by e-mail to Peter O’Toole, Project Manager, NTT at peter.otoole@fightingblindness.ie by 3pm on Friday, September 27, 2019. Applicant must detail his/her hourly rate, cancellation policy, the names and contact details of two referees and specify the counties in which they would be interested in working.

Please note that the referees given should include at least one professional referee.

Applicants who meet the criteria and interview successfully will join the panel for the duration of the NTT project which concludes on 31 Dec 2021. Successful applicants must also make a commitment to undertake Visual Awareness training if required.

Award Criteria

Clients will be assigned to the counsellors in order of fulfilling the following criteria:

  1. Lowest cost
  2. Locality
  3. Availability

A call off list will be created for each location; clients will be assigned to counsellors in their locality based primarily on the lowest price followed by availability.

Prior to allocation of a client the counsellor will be required to complete a Contract For Service with Fighting Blindness. The counsellor must e-mail his/her invoice to Fighting Blindness at the end of every month detailing the number and dates of sessions the client is engaged in. Invoices must be numbered sequentially and BIC and IBAN numbers provided as it is the practice of Fighting Blindness to make e-payments only to service providers.

Download the Sessional Counsellor application form