The Association for Agency-based Counselling & Psychotherapy in Ireland (AACPI)


Job Title:                          Clinical Co-Ordinator (Part-time – 28hrs/4 days per week)

Contract type:                  One-year fixed term contract. This is a fixed-term one-year post.

The post may be extended, dependent on success and further funding.

Location:                          Hybrid working. Offices based in Dublin 2. Some travel will be required.


Salary:                             The salary is aligned to the HSE pay scales and will be €43,200 gross

per annum (based on 28 hrs/4 days p/w)


Reporting to:                    AACPI’s National Coordinator and Board.


About Us

The Association for Agency-based Counselling & Psychotherapy in Ireland (AACPI) represents a national network of services who provide professional, affordable and accessible counselling & psychotherapy to communities across Ireland.


Our member agencies uphold core-principles that define an agency-based approach to counselling. These core-principles promote transparency, professionalism, accountability, and continuous professional development in counselling. For almost a decade, our members have worked within AACPI to share best practice and develop a framework of professional standards of excellence in clinical practice and corporate governance. Our shared agency-based approach shapes and influences counselling practice, delivery, administration, standards, and ethos.


All AACPI members are registered charities and operate on the not-for-profit basis. AACPI is funded by Tusla. We are a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.


About the role


We are currently reviewing our strategic and operational goals for the coming years so that we can best support and empower our members. This is a period of significant growth and development in AACPI. We are now looking for a suitably qualified Clinical Co-Ordinator to further develop and support the work of AACPI’s National Coordinator, Board of Directors, and members. You will be an excellent communicator, strategic thinker, flexible and committed to an Ireland where professional counselling and psychotherapy is accessible to all through community-based services.


The main purpose of this role is to advance AACPI’s work in the development of clinical standards and increase the capacity of the agency-based counselling and psychotherapy sector in Ireland through engagement, outreach, consultation and research with AACPI members and the wider sector.

Key Responsibilities


Clinical standards:

  • Review and update AACPI’s existing quality and standards framework; develop the ‘gold standard’ for agency/community-based counselling & psychotherapy.
  • Liaise with and support AACPI members on clinical matters; develop the capacity of members to meet the highest clinical standards.
  • Facilitate networking and information sharing and promotion of clinical best practice and quality standards across AACPI membership.
  • Manage day-to-day clinical queries from members.

Evidence and Research:

  • Conduct a mapping exercise of existing services and standards in the agency/community-based counselling & psychotherapy sector in Ireland.
  • Produce a report and implementation plan, including full analysis, findings and recommendations for the enhancement of clinical standards in community/agency-based counselling in Ireland.

Support and grow AACPI membership:

  • Support the development of AACPI’s Membership Strategy and associated policies and procedures.
  • Support in the management, review, and assessment of applications for AACPI membership.
  • Oversee and monitor the members’ standards on an ongoing basis.
  • Undertake a training and skills needs assessment of AACPI members and facilitate the delivery of clinical training opportunities.

Operational support:

  •  Support AACPI in the pursuance of its wider strategic and operational goals including development of the new strategic plan.
  • Develop a robust system of office record keeping and file management.
  • Support in the development of in-house operational and change management procedures.
  • On occasion, to caretake the day-to-day administration of the organization.

What you will bring?


The successful candidate should possess the following qualifications, skills & experience:


  • Be a fully accredited Psychotherapist/Counselling Psychologist/Supervisor with IACP, BACP, IAHIP, FTAI, IAPTP, APPI, APCP, NAPCP, PSI or ICP.
  • A Masters qualification is desirable but not essential.
  • Have a minimum of five years’ experience working as a fully accredited Counsellor, Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor/Clinical director/Clinical Manager/CEO.
  • Excellent knowledge and keen interest in clinical and ethical governance in counselling & psychotherapy and the not-for-profit/charities sector.
  • Excellent communication, writing and report writing skills and the ability to establish rapport with a diverse range of people. Fluency in English (written and verbal).
  • Evidence of ability to research, collect and report on evidence-based information.
  • Strong project management and people management skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively within a team.
  • Experience and good working knowledge of client management software/ICT in counselling & psychotherapy. Highly proficient in Microsoft office applications.
  • Full drivers’ license, with access to car.


Application Process – Please forward up-to date CV and cover letter with a particular focus on demonstrating how you meet the above criteria.


AACPI is an Equal Opportunities Employer 

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