The Spiritual Counselor is responsible for providing spiritual, pastoral and emotional care for patients, families as well as the staff of HCP. Works directly with primary care providers who will lead a team of nurses, social workers, and chaplains to provide an interdisciplinary team approach to palliative medicine. Partners with the transitions team, care coordination, primary care providers, and hospice team members to provide a continuum of patient care.
Education, training and experience (includes licenses or certifications)
A minimum of two years hospice or palliative care experience strongly preferred. Masters of Divinity or equivalent required. 4 units CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) required. Board Certified or Board Certified Eligible. Completion of a comprehensive hospice or palliative care training program for chaplaincy preferred. A diverse religious, spiritual and cultural experience encouraged. Driver’s license and car insurance are required. Electronic medical record experience highly recommended.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Demonstrates an ability to assess needs and concerns of patients who are struggling with serious, complex and/or chronic illness. Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team to determine goals of care. Ability to provide pastoral presence, provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, caregivers and to support the palliative care team. Able to conduct spiritual screening and assessment to identify spiritual, emotional and/or existential distress. Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Ability to communicate effectively with diverse staff and patients, their families and caregivers. Be available as a moral and ethical consultant for the clinical team.
Principal Job Duties
- Performs spiritual assessment and implements or coordinates the provision of spiritual counseling and support to patients and their families.
- Develops an individualized spiritual/pastoral plan of care which demonstrates an effort to work in close collaboration with local clergy whenever desired by the patient and provide spiritual support as needed and defined by the patient/family.
- Provides direct spiritual support to patients and families of patients with serious, complex and/or chronic illness in keeping with the spiritual beliefs of the patient and family.
- Maintains current knowledge and understanding of predominant religious/spiritual traditions and various religious groups in the Housecall Providers service area.
- Offers patients/families of different philosophies and religious beliefs opportunities to discuss and share their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values.
- Documents care provided and the response of the patient/family; submits timely and accurate documentation.
- Serves as a member of one or more Interdisciplinary Groups (IDG) and attends meetings.
- Participates in patient care conferences, exploring and assessing the spiritual needs of patients/families.
- May assist with the provision of bereavement services.
- Performs occasional service assignments such as the annual memorial service and other support services with staff.
- Assists with making arrangements for funeral or memorial services when requested.
- Provides educational programs for staff, community clergy, religious and lay representatives as appropriate. Meets with individual staff regarding personal spiritual/pastoral issues that may affect their ability to function effectively.
- Assesses patient/family response to care.
- Other duties as requested.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package including fully paid medical and dental insurance, generous PTO plan, employer matching 401k retirement plan, seven paid holidays, short and long-term disability benefits and optional vision coverage.
If this position sounds like a good fit for you, we’d love to hear from you. Please e-mail us your resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
We are an equal opportunity employer.