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Specialized Counselor Coach MHB N

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Location: Buffalo, NY, United States

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Job Description

Facility: Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Shift: Shift 1

Status: Per Diem FTE: 0.100000

Bargaining Unit: ACE Associates

Exempt from Overtime: Exempt: No

Work Schedule: Days and Evenings with Call Weekend and Holiday Rotation

Hours: 8a-4p

Summary:

Under the direction of the Vice President of Mission Services, the Specialized Counselor-Coach ministers to patients, families, and associates in regard to religious/spiritual beliefs and personal concerns. As an integral member of the multidisciplinary team, the Specialized Counselor - Coach provides spiritual and emotional support for patients, families and staff within the context of illness, suffering, loss, and death. Primary areas of responsibility include units such as Intensive Care, Emergency, Oncology, anti-partum at risk and neo-natal intensive care. The Specialized Counselor-Coach receives referrals, complete documentation including Spiritual Assessments as well as provide on-going ministry and support.

Responsibilities:

EDUCATION
  • Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry or related field required (to include Counseling and Mental Health fields)
  • Master's Degree preferred
  • One (1) unit of Clinical Pastoral Education, preferred
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsements -
    • Must be in good standing to serve as a Specialized Counselor/Coach according to the code of ethics for spiritual care professionals and the standards of practice for professional chaplains. Should the Specialized Counselor/Coach characterize or hold themselves out to be a member of any religious clergy, he or she must be held as a member in good standing of same religious clergy or order at all times while employed at Catholic Health.
EXPERIENCE
  • Active, practicing Catholic preferred with pastoral and/or counseling experience marked by demonstrated grasp of both the complexity of health care as a business and the unique moral, ethical and social expectations placed on the health care provider who claims a Catholic identity
  • Well-formed in Catholic tradition, knowledge of Catholic theology and Catholic social teaching preferred
  • At least two (2) years of experience in one or more of the following are recommended: health care, education, counseling, mission or spiritual care

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
  • High level of interpersonal, facilitative and communication skills
  • Strong theological reflection skills
  • Strong conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills
  • Commitment to Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
  • Exhibits strong pastoral identity
  • Strong emotional and spiritual maturity
  • Ability to maintain professional and personal confidentiality and HIPAA regulations
  • Flexibility in work hours, programs and services
  • Ability to work well as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to utilize computer for documentation, communication and preparation of material for ministry
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Ability to lead and coordinate prayer/Communion services
  • Ability to provide group facilitation and critical incident stress management
  • Knowledge of Advance Directives policy and ability to facilitate discussion with patient/resident/family

WORKING CONDITIONS

ENVIRONMENT
  • Normal heat, light space, and safe working environment; typical of most office jobs
  • Clinical area of workplace
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