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Bereavement Counselor, Queens, full time


Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit community-based health system. VNSNY provides a comprehensive array of home- and community-based programs, including health plans, tailored to the needs of high-risk, vulnerable New Yorkers, improving their quality of life. Each day, more than 18,000 VNSNY employees — including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, dieticians, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals — deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 35,000 patients, helping them to live the best lives possible.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Provides direct bereavement care to the surviving family members and significant others of Hospice clients according to the bereavement plan of care developed by the Bereavement Counselor and Interdisciplinary Team. Ensures that services provided are in compliance with Hospice and Hospice Care philosophy and procedures. Works under general supervision.

Licensure: License to practice social work, psychology, or related field in New York State preferred. Valid driver's license may be required, as determined by operational/regional needs.

Education: Masters Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Thanatology, Psychology, or related field required.

Experience: Minimum one year of experience working with terminally ill patients and bereaved families in a hospice or palliative care setting required. Competency in bereavement counseling required including both individual and group counseling. Proficiency in personal computer operations including MS Office applications required. Bilingual skills may be required, as determined by operational needs. Prior experience leading both individual and group counseling preferred.

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