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Bereavement Counselor - Hospice Medicare Certified

Job ID: 12715
Location: Bellingham, WA
Work Type: Part Time
Shift: Day
Shift Length: 8 Hours
FTE: 0.80
Benefit Eligibility: Full-time benefits

Job Description

Description

Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 including 2 doses of a 2-dose series or 1 dose of a 1-dose series plus 14 days beyond the final dose prior to start date.​

PeaceHealth is seeking a Bereavement Counselor - Hospice Medicare Certified for a Part Time, Day position.  Hourly compensation starts at $31.18, more depending on experience.

JOB SUMMARY

Provide grief counseling to adults and/or children, adolescents and their families. Provide education or direct assistance to schools and the community. Make referrals as appropriate and provide training/oversight for volunteer facilitators.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. Provide counseling to include facilitating support groups for adults and/or children, adolescents and their families. Complete direct interviews for intake with families for placement purposes and make referrals to community resources as appropriate. Provides individual counseling as appropriate. Counsel with Hospice family for emotional support and grief and bereavement issues in private residence and/or at inpatient hospice.
  2. Act as counseling resource by providing crisis intervention/debriefings to community organizations as needed. Assist with the provision of initial and ongoing education for staff, volunteers and the community. Provide clinical supervision of assigned bereavement groups.
  3. Effectively communicate by establishing and maintaining open, effective communications and utilizing correct channels of communication. Utilize correct channels of communication and recognized organization communication standard. Participate in problem-solving and communicate with co-workers regarding services.
  4. Perform general duties to include maintaining a working knowledge of infection control, risk management and emergency preparedness plans. Actively participate in performance improvement initiatives. Demonstrate knowledge of hospital, interdepartmental and unit goals, standards and operations. Maintain and update knowledge of and is responsive to the laws and regulations which affect his/her practice.
  5. May establish, coordinate and implement bereavement follow-up procedures including delivery of letters, cards, etc. to families; quarterly mailings to bereaved families; assessing bereavement support needs and triage appropriately; carry a case load of at-risk families.
  6. May recruit, train, supervise and evaluate bereavement volunteers in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator. May train volunteers and staff in the area of bereavement and orient all new staff to bereavement protocol.
  7. May facilitate monthly and annual commemorative services for staff, Hospice families, and the community at large including a Hospice fundraiser.
  8. May coordinate and/or facilitate all community-wide bereavement support groups. May offer bereavement support community wide as time and need indicate. May market Bereavement Support Groups and other Bereavement support services to the community.
  9. Maintains an active role in the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION:

  • Master’s degree in social work, counseling or related field plus specialized training in grief counseling issues specific to children, adolescents and/or adults.

EXPERIENCE/TRAINING:

  • Minimum one year, which includes working with adults and/or children, adolescents and families and/or working with grief issues (or equivalent combination of education and/or experience).
  • Three years working with children, adolescents and adults preferred.
  • Two years as a bereavement counselor preferred.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATION:

  • WA: WA State Counselor Agency Affiliated Registration (CG) (current or pending) or equivalent. Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) or Social Worker Advanced License (LASW) or Social Worker Associate Advanced License (SA) or Social Worker Associate Independent Clinical License (SC) preferred
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers required upon hire.
  • Valid driver's license with an automobile that is insured to state regulations and is in good running order.

OTHER SKILLS:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate clinical information.
  • Ability to analyze/problem solve.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to work independently or as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Computer skills.
  • Knowledge of counseling techniques and grief issues.

ST JOSEPH PHYSICAL/COGNITIVE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Work requires normal amounts of physical effort at least 66% of the time. 
  • Ability to lift objects weighing 30 lbs. or less.
  • Work is performed under normal working conditions with adequate lighting and ventilation.
  • Job duties frequently require intense concentration and attention to detail (34-65% of work time).

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For full consideration of your skills and abilities, please attach a current resume with your application.  EEO Affirmative Action Employer/Vets/Disabled in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws.  

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