Job Description

Job Title: Grief Specialist, Hospice
Job ID: 747253
Status: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Limited
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility:
Department: Hospice Bereavement
Location: 20 Sheraton Drive, Altoona PA 16603

Description

Are you passionate about home/hospice care and want to be part of a team of people who care just as deeply as you? The Grief Specialist role with Family Hospice is the position for you! As a Grief Specialist, you will plan, coordinate, facilitate on-going community outreach efforts, in-service trainings, family sessions, and volunteer trainings.

Responsibilities:

  • A combination of related degree and similar experience may also be considered. - Assess needs for community bereavement support groups relevant to targeted focus groups and demographic regions.
  • Develop, facilitate and assess model(s) for bereavement support groups. 
  • Train and oversee, in conjunction with Hospice Volunteer Coordinator(s), any volunteer facilitating bereavement support groups.
  • Evaluate and assess participants grief needs and risk factors associated with grief, their ability to function adequately, and potential risk of suicide and/or potential for abuse or neglect.
  • Assess special needs related to cultural diversity including communication, space, role of family members and caregivers, and special traditions. 
  • Communicate and document observations, services and evaluations through reports, progress records, department meetings and individual supervision.
  • Develop and/or make available bereavement educational material for families, staff and volunteers.
  • Provide education to staff, volunteers and community related to grief, loss and bereavement.
  • Participate in orientation, continuing education programs, clinical conferences, quality assurance and performance improvement activities.
  • Assist Healing Patch Manager with the development, implementation, and evaluation of a program for educating community mental health professionals & school personnel about issues related to grieving children and families.
  • Assist in development efforts to support the Healing Patch Services in grant proposals, fund solicitations, and grant outcome reporting.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of community education initiatives.
  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, education, and assignment of the volunteers for the Healing Patch Services.
  • Assist with the tracking of data (i.e. family intakes, inquiry calls, outreach presentations, family enrollment, etc.)
  • Demonstrates support of Agency mission and philosophy in delivery of services. Maintain and protect patient and Agency confidentiality.
  • Endeavor to achieve and maintain quality customer satisfaction in the delivery of services to internal and external customers.
  • Facilitate group sessions, including managing the assimilation of families, overseeing the provision of meals, and parking for volunteers and families; leading preparatory and debriefing sessions with volunteers.
  • Facilitate the general session; participate in peer support groups, and supervision of volunteer-led support groups.
  • Identify potential community agencies that would benefit from outreach, education, and consultation.
  • Maintain and protect customer, staff, and Agency confidentiality.
  • Obtain and implement training and education modules related to grief in general, the grief of children, the impact of loss on families, and the effectiveness of the peer support group model.
  • Participate in in-service and continuing education programs.
  • Plan, implement and facilitate introductory and ongoing sessions for grieving children and their families.
  • Promote personal, family/children, co-worker, and volunteer safety during work duties.
  • Provide outreach services in the community to support family and volunteer recruitment for the Healing Patch Services.
  • Receive requests for education programs and outreach and carry out as deemed appropriate.
  • Represent and participate in Agency professional and community activities, as requested.
  • Serve as a resource for therapists, teachers, funeral directors, guidance counselors, and other health and mental health professionals in the community.
  • Assess needs for community bereavement support groups relevant to targeted focus groups and demographic regions.
  • Develop, facilitate and assess model(s) for bereavement support groups. 
  • Train and oversee, in conjunction with Hospice Volunteer Coordinator(s), any volunteer facilitating bereavement support groups.
  • Evaluate and assess participant's grief needs and risk factors associated with grief, their ability to function adequately, and potential risk of suicide and/or potential for abuse or neglect.
  • Assess special needs related to cultural diversity including communication, space, role of family members and caregivers, and special traditions. 
  • Communicate and document observations, services and evaluations through reports, progress records, department meetings and individual supervision.
  • Develop and/or make available bereavement educational material for families, staff and volunteers.
  • Provide education to staff, volunteers and community related to grief, loss and bereavement.
  • Participate in orientation, continuing education programs, clinical conferences, quality assurance and performance improvement activities.

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in related field or Bachelors Degree in any field with 1 (one) year related work experience required. 
  • Competency in computer skills in a Windows based environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to perform computer application(s) as needed.
  • Access to transportation in the Agency service area with valid Pennsylvania drivers license and auto liability insurance.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Automotive Insurance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Driver's License
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act

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

Salary Range: $15.34 to $24.44 / hour

Union Position: No

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