The Spiritual Care Counselor’s primary role is as spiritual support and counseling for youth in care, through individual and group counseling. The Spiritual Care Counselor coordinates community and faith-based spiritual leaders and works closely with the inter-disciplinary team to assess the spiritual care needs for youth and their families and identifies when spiritual care may positively impact the physical, psychosocial, and emotional well-being of the residents and/or their families.
Establish and maintain a network of faith-based and spiritual care leaders in the community to meet the spiritual care needs of the residents and their families and comply with Agency policies and licensing standards; serve as a liaison to community clergy and congregations; network in community to recruit faith-based volunteers for youth and maintain weekly and monthly schedules
In collaboration with the inter-disciplinary team determine the spiritual needs of residents and their families to support their treatment plan, their physical, psychological, and emotional needs; actively participate in the comprehensive assessment process utilized by the interdisciplinary team
Develop an individualized spiritual care plan customized to meet resident and family goals, needs, and concerns; responsible for the planning and coordinating of spiritual care activities for residents and their families to meet the individualized spiritual care plan
Actively participate in the delivery of spiritual care and facilitate spiritual care support groups for residents and their families
Develop and document the plan for spiritual care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team; collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to evaluate and revise the spiritual care plan for residents and their families as needed
Demonstrate a working knowledge of spiritual care needs and the ability to distinguish the difference the between the resident’s spiritual and religious belief
Provide effective interventions as needed for identified spiritual care problems, issues, and opportunities
Provide resources per facility policy and resident’s treatment plan
Plan and coordinate the presence and participation of other spiritual care providers to assist with the spiritual needs of residents and their families during normal, peak, and unusual hours of facility operation
Maintain accurate documentation of resident needs, progress, and changes; document all interactions and activities per Agency policies and licensing standards; review and maintain records of spiritual support and services for each resident to ensure they are receiving the appropriate amount of support according to their treatment plan and/or observed need
Complete all reporting requirements per the established reporting guidelines and deadlines
In partnership and collaboration with the treatment team provide information, resources, and services to meet the spiritual needs of residents and their families during and after a traumatic experience
Provide spiritual care upon requests by residents and/or their families, the treatment team, or interdisciplinary team in a timely manner
Provide individual spiritual care counseling to residents as requested by youth
Provide weekly group therapy to youth
Assist with facilitating weekly clinical group sessions.
Other duties as assigned
Work closely with interdisciplinary teams, community service providers and spiritual leaders, faith-based organizations, clergymen, and other service providers to ensure residents and their families are receiving the full scope of available program services and resources to meet their Individual Service Plans (ISP)
Work closely with interdisciplinary team to ensure residents and their families are receiving the highest quality of spiritual care and other spiritual care services to meet resident and family needs and Agency and program goals and objectives
Work closely with residents to build trust and a positive rapport, while maintaining ethical boundaries at all times
Work as team player and exhibit professional behavior and a positive attitude with both internal and external clients that reflects positively on the Agency and is consistent with Agency policies and practices
Master’s degree in Theology, Theological Education, Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, Counseling, or closely related field
Actively be an LPC-Intern, LMFT Associate or LMSW and ready to submit to the state for full-licensure within 18 months
1-year spiritual care support experience with adolescents or in an educational setting with adolescents
Spiritual and emotional maturity to understand and exhibit healthy and professional boundaries with residents and their families
Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks.
Crisis Intervention Skills
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with community service providers, faith-based organizations, interdisciplinary teams, and spiritual care service providers
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a positive rapport and trust with residents and their families
Strong time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks
Effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate all people with professionalism and empathy
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work and interact with all people
Basic computer skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and Windows operating system)
Ability to work evenings and weekends based on business need
Fully licensed as LPC, LCSW or LMFT in the State of Texas
3 years’ spiritual care support experience with adolescents in a behavioral health or residential treatment center, highly preferred
Physical Demands & Work Conditions
This position requires stooping, bending, lifting, sitting and standing for long periods of time, and frequent walking.
Position works in a child facility and has constant exposure to children
Lift, push, pull, move up to 125 lbs.
The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.
The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status