Job Vacancy: Psychologist / Psychotherapist




Social Policies, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD) is seeking for fellow workers with the qualities indicated below.

Founded in 2011, SPoD has grown and evolved around the needs of our service users, we aim to provide a holistic range of support services for LGBTI community, including refugees. Counselling is at the heart of our service provision, though we work on other areas, including economic and social rights, academic research, access to justice, education, employment and variety of political participation work on local, national and international level.

We have a diverse psychotherapy network with differences in age, gender, sexual orientation, experience, hours worked, and focus of work. For instance some psychotherapists only work with adults, some mostly children, some a mixture. There is a therapy room at our office. Some therapists see their clients at their own offices and some at SPoD therapy room.

SPoD provides an exciting opportunity for a mental health co-ordinator to work using a variety of methods with LGBTI community. The need for professional supervision is recognised and provision is made for the payment of supervision fees to a supervisor, approved by the SPoD General Coordinator. Time is also allocated for regular continuing management supervision by the General Coordinator.

Summary job description

Job title: Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Responsible to: General coordinator / Executive Board / Mental Health Field Coordinator

Place of work: SPoD Office, Şişli

Starting date: As agreed

Length of contract: One year

Role Summary: To undertake counselling at SPoD to LGBTI service users either on an individual basis or in therapeutic client groups. To initiate/support/ take part in community development projects to promote mental health well-being of the LGBTI community members. To be an active part of a team that has a flexible client centred and LGBTI affirmative approach at its heart.


Key tasks and responsibilities:

- To be an active and involved member of the SPoD team.

- To provide initial assessment appointments for LGBTI service users wanting to access psycho-social support.

- To provide individual counselling sessions (5 of whom must be refugee LGBTIs).

- To provide information, support and review/ending meetings with clients

- To be fully involved with colleagues in relation to prioritisation, risk assessment and joint working with LGBTI community including refugees.

- To manage weekly coming out group co-ordinator & moderators and helpline volunteers.

- To work closely with voluntary team co-ordinator.

- To manage SPoD psychotherapy network.

- To provide/organise training sessions when necessary.

- To liaise with other organisations and professionals where appropriate.

- To maintain accurate records of all client work for the purposes of clinical supervision and on SPoD database.

- To provide information and contribute to report writing when required.

- To participate in counsellor assessment, clinical issues and continuing professional development meetings.

- To participate in weekly staff meetings.

- To be involved in other events organised by the SPoD team, this will require occasional weekend working.

- To contribute to the wider work of SPoD – including training, publicity and the general running of the centre.

- To adhere to SPoD ethos and work in accordance with our policies and procedure.


Continuing Professional Development, Supervision and Support

SPoD is committed to the development support and growth of all staff. In relation to the therapeutic team there are several key strands:

- Each psychologist/psychotherapist takes personal responsibility to ensure that their development and support needs are being met and they are fit to practice. A key element of this is the use of individual clinical supervision.

- Regular meetings with line managers provide opportunities to review work load and any other issues, including training and development needs.

- There is an ethos of mutual support amongst the team.

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Please send your application form and supporting documents to by the 19th February 2017, Sunday.