Job Description

Job Title: Bereavement & Peer Supp Educ
Job ID: 674498
Status: Casual
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours: Primarily evening hours c some days
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Susquehanna Divine Providence
Department: HOSPICE
Location: 1100 Grampian Boulevard, Williamsport PA 17701


Casual Bereavement/Peer Support Educator

Posted: 3/14/18

Responsible for providing direct counseling and peer support to the active and bereaved patient/family units with a focus on children's bereavement. Provide support and training for volunteer programs throughout the Heartworks program.


  • Accepts different cultural and religious values and lifestyles. Supports patients and families self determination. Participate in interdisciplinary team meetings with palliative care consultation team. Participate on hospital Ethics Committee.
  • Coordinates education for children and teens related to grief. Coordinates the recruitment of volunteers and provides on site training. Develops and coordinates special programs related to grief support. Develops and coordinates educational programs and public speaking engagements for the community related to grief support and healthy coping skills. Develops and coordinates an adult program related to healthy coping skills. Works directly with school counselors to provide age appropriate education on grief support and coping skills. Maintains and coordinates the public school book bag program, supplying educational resources for counselors and students. Coordinates the inpatient hospice children's resource/playroom to promote therapeutic play and educational resources.
  • Referring individuals to community resources as appropriate, including clergy and community hospice agencies. Develops interdisciplinary tools for educational assessment and support.


A Bachelors Degree from an accredited college/university and 2 years of relevant experience, with additional experience from a medical, education, or service agency required. A Masters Degree in Social Work, Mental Health, and/or Education preferred. Documented experience dealing with grief education required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $19.09 to $28.63

Union Position: No

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