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Temporary Counsellor

Braintree or Wickford, Essex

Full time, fixed term role (October 2017 to January 2018)

£25k pa pro rata

The Role
Action on Addiction’s Essex service provides a combination of treatment and support services to individuals with addictions. We are seeking to recruit a qualified counsellor to join our small Structured Intervention Service (SIS) team which offers support to individuals addicted to drugs of all forms. The support takes the form of structured, psychosocial interventions, which can help an individual contemplate and then take action towards real change in their lives.  
The post
The post is for a fixed-term period, to run from October to early January with a possibility that it may be extended, though for a limited period only.
You will be planning and delivering 1:1 counselling sessions as well as group discussion sessions with a view to helping people achieve abstinence in preparation for  our SHARP service, which is a Community-based Recovery Programme. Not all clients will achieve this level of abstinence, however, it is expected that all clients leaving the service will have made some progress in that direction.
About you
You will have experience of facilitating group therapy sessions, motivational interviewing and case management.  You will have a counselling qualification at degree level or equivalent.  Experience of working in a substance misuse setting is desirable but not essential.
In addition, you will need to be a positive team worker and able to work in a structured way.  You will need to be able to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients, understanding safeguarding and the requirement to adhere to policies and procedures in the delivery of the work.
Although you will be based at either our Braintree or Wickford sites, the delivery of services will be off-site and there will be significant travel to different sites.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, then please submit a CV along with a covering letter/email explaining why you are interested in the role and which location you are interested in to 
For further details, please view our job description.
The role will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Check.
The closing date for CVs and covering letters will be 4pm on Friday 20 October 2017.
Action on Addiction is an Investor in People and an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Registered Nurses
Clouds House, Wiltshire

Clouds House is set in a naturally therapeutic environment in a quiet part of Wiltshire parkland. We have been helping people with addiction problems for over 30 years. Our clients are offered a well-structured residential treatment programme based on the 12-step abstinence based philosophy. Clients usually stay for 6 weeks during which time they go through a medicated detox and regular group therapy.
We are looking for registered nurses with post registration experience. Knowledge of addictions isn't essential but an interest in substance misuse is.
As a nurse, you will join our busy treatment team, working alongside counsellors and healthcare assistants. Your main duties will include:
- Admitting clients into treatment
- Administering medication
- Managing detoxification and observation of unwell clients
- Keeping accurate and timely client records
- Dealing with cases of self-harm and reporting risks
- Attending daily meetings and handing over information to other team members
We are open to part-time and full-time (35 hours per week) with a flexible rota. The salary will be reflective of skills and experience.
We have free parking, a subsidised canteen and a 7.5% non-contributory pension scheme.
We are interested in recruiting nurses from different kinds of backgrounds as we believe it is important to reflect in our workforce the diversity of our clients.
We are also interested in hearing from bank nurses.
We'd love you to come and have a look around because we are proud of what we do, and we think you will be too. If you would like to do this, or just have a chat with someone at this stage, please call 01747 823013 or to apply for the position, please email your CV and covering letter to


Addiction Counsellors (Sessional Work)
Central Liverpool

Our Community Recovery Centre in Liverpool is looking to engage qualified, sessional Counsellors to work alongside our professional team at peak times.  The service provides a therapeutic, peaceful haven for those embarking on abstinence-based addiction recovery, delivering a structured day treatment programme for men and women.  We are proud of the work we do which we deliver with care, compassion and safety at the forefront of our minds.

The work includes: interpersonal group therapy, preparing and delivering recovery-based workshops and assignments; team debriefings; and individual one to one counselling as well as all the day to day duties of a professional counsellor such as record keeping and diligent safeguarding.

Our ideal candidate will have a counselling qualification at Level 4 or above, as well as good experience of delivering effective counselling to people affected by substance misuse or mental health disorders.

He or she will be able to demonstrate ability to work with groups - and knowledge of, or experience in, delivering interpersonal group therapy would be an advantage.  Building positive relationships with clients, other team members and external professionals is key, as is resilience, good self-care and being a reflective practitioner.  We need someone who can write clearly and succinctly, as well as being proficient in Word Office and the use of databases.

We are looking to hear from people who want to deliver a long-term relationship with us and work flexibly but on a regular basis.  The work is offered on a sessional basis so we are interested in hearing from people who are either self-employed or who would like to join our bank of Counsellors to assist us at peak times during the working week.  We can offer sessions between 9.45 am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday (to 6.45pm Wednesday).

If you would like to apply - and we'd love to hear from you - please send your CV together with a covering letter explaining why you believe you would be an asset to the team to

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation Offenders Act 1974 and an Enhanced DBS Check will be carried out.


Clinical Supervisor, Essex (Braintree)

We are looking to engage a qualified and experienced Clinical Supervisor to deliver group supervision at our Essex Community Recovery addictions treatment Centre in Braintree.  Our service provides a combination of treatment and support services to individuals with addictions.
We are hoping to provide Clinical Supervision for our Counselling Team fortnightly, with a session lasting two hours.  In order to give stability and consistency, we are looking for someone who can provide this level of commitment. 
We are looking for a Clinical Supervisor who can manage the process in a structured, insightful way, creating a trusting, appropriately challenging and boundaried environment that gives workers the opportunity to bring clinical issues to supervision openly and with confidence.  A criminal record check (DBS) and reference checks will be carried out.  It is a requirement that the Clinical Supervisor holds a clinical supervision qualification of Diploma standard, and we anticipate that the Clinical Supervisor will operate on a self-employed basis.
If you would be interested in this work, please send us an email, including your CV, detailing examples of recent clinical supervisor work you have undertaken (we do not see this position as being suitable for someone new to providing clinical supervision) and providing details of your fee rates.  l

Please contact at your earliest convenience.  We look forward to hearing from you.


If you are interested in working for us then please email an up to date CV to and we will keep your details on file for 12 months.

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