The PRN Palliative Care Counselor works scheduled shifts as needed, carries an independent case load and is responsible for initial assessments and recommendations about ongoing palliative care for all assigned patients throughout the hospital system. The Counselor contributes to the patient’s treatment plan through an understanding of the patient’s social, psychological and/or environmental needs in the context of their current medical condition(s) and prognosis. The Counselor provides psychosocial assessment, counseling, crisis intervention and information or referral services to patients and families. This position is expected to work closely with the rest of the Palliative Care Team (including the Case Manager on the patient’s assigned unit) to provide effective and seamless overall care management to all customers.
The Counselor provides patient care, treatment, and services within the scope of their license, certification, registration, and/or assessed competencies. Practice will be in accordance with laws and regulations and will adhere to established policies, procedures and practice guidelines.
Minimum Education, Experience and Licensure Required:
· Master’s degree in Social Work or Counseling required
· Three (3) or more years job related experience required
· Previous social work, counseling, psychotherapy, discharge planning or equivalent in acute care setting
· Professional licensure strongly preferred: LCSW, LPC, LMSW, LAPC, LMFT
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
· Strong ability to form emotional connections with patient systems, ability to combine empathy and compassion with direct and clear communication
· Strong interpersonal and communication skills necessary to obtain information from patients, provide counseling to patients/families, and interact effectively with patients, families and healthcare staff.
· Analytical and interpersonal skills necessary to assess patient system’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs; assess levels of acceptance and resistance to diagnosis, prognosis and discharge plans; develop appropriate interventions; assist with discharge planning; and develop solutions to problems concerning patient’s mental and physical well being.
· Knowledge of and adherence to profession’s Code of Ethics.
· Basic working knowledge about medical condition(s) exhibited by assigned patients.
Reports to: Director of Behavioral Health and Palliative Care Services, Supervised by Senior Palliative Care Counselor