Spiritual Care and Bereavement Counselor
Care Initiatives - Sioux City, IA

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Care Initiatives Hospice is currently recruiting for a part-time Spiritual Care / Bereavement Counselor to serve in Sioux City and the surrounding areas. For further information or to apply, please contact;

Deb Schillinger, Team Director, 712-239-1226, or DSchillinger@CareInitiatives.org

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The Spiritual Care and Bereavement Counselor arranges for counseling or provides counseling to meet the spiritual needs of patients/families/caregivers in a manner consistent with their beliefs and desires; and provides for the bereavement needs of the families/caregivers by providing counseling and bereavement services to those survivors. Services are provided in accordance with the patient’s acceptance of these services and the patient’s care plan.

Authority is delegated to the individual in this position to:
  • Meet the spiritual needs of the patient/family/caregiver through coordination of community resources or by directly providing the services.
  • Meet the bereavement needs of the family/caregiver.
  • Participate in the interdisciplinary team process.
Position reports to: Team Director

**Drug Screen Required**


  • Master of Divinity Degree from an accredited seminary; and ordination, if the particular religious group has the practice of ordination. If the religion does not practice ordination, but practices licensure, then licensure in lieu of ordination is acceptable; and endorsed and in good standing from the ecclesiastical governing body;

  • Baccalaureate degree in psychology, sociology, counseling or other field related to pastoral care, grief services or counseling.
  • Current Iowa driver’s license and automobile liability insurance

  • Knowledge of grief and bereavement theory and practice in counseling

  • Practice in counseling preferred. Chaplaincy credentials preferred.
  • If not Master of Divinity degree, at least three years relevant and related experience.

  • Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with community clergy and spiritual care resources.
  • Ability to coordinate services for patients/families/caregivers with community clergy/spiritual care resources.
  • Ability to minister to person and families in crisis situations in a manner consistent with person and families’ beliefs and desires.
  • Ability to effectively interact with individuals and groups.
  • Ability to plan and conduct training and education programs.
  • Ability to plan and organize.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment, ability to listen effectively, and understand written or oral instruction.
  • Ability to travel to various locations to meet patients/families/caregivers.
Part Time Benefits:
  • Vacation and Sick Pay
  • 403b
  • Anniversary Bonus Program

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