Counselor in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ at Compassus

Date Posted: 3/12/2018

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Job Description

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The Counselor is responsible for modeling the 3 Company values of Compassion, Integrity, and Excellence, and for promoting the Hospice Compassus philosophy, using the 6 Pillars of success as the foundation. S/he is responsible for upholding the Code of Ethical Conduct and for promoting positive working relationships within the Program, between the Program and other Company departments, and between the Program and all external stakeholders. The Counselor provides preventive, educational, and evaluative and treatment services to meet the psychological needs of patients and their families, to help them improve, restore, and maintain their maximum level of coping. The Counselor utilizes community resources and the interdisciplinary team to aid in this process. S/he is responsible for applying the rules and regulations of state and federal regulatory agencies and other certified agencies.


  • Supports agency and corporate policies, goals, and objectives.
  • Promotes a positive working relationship between agency and corporate personnel.         
  • Attends and participates in staff meetings.
  • Promotes hospice philosophy.
  • Communicates identified needs and potential solutions to supervisor.
  • Functions as an IDT member. 
    • Completes psychosocial on each assigned patient, as indicated by corporate policy.
    • Completes Support Services Assessment, as appropriate.
    • Reviews and explains hospice services, as appropriate to patient's financial classification.
    • Develops and updates care plans.
    • Attends team meetings and visits patients, as indicated.
    • Monitors hospitalizations and Medicare Part A admissions.
    • Secures revocations.
    • Attends care plan meetings at long term care facilities.

  • Provides direct counseling services.  
  • Facilitates placements and monitors patient’s adjustment.
  • Coordinates care giving issues.
  • Facilitates discharge planning.
  • Explains and assists with advance directives.
  • Addresses financial concerns.
    • Completes financial assessment.
    • Contacts community agencies, as appropriate.
    • Initiates Medicaid Spend down.
    • Assesses appropriateness for Special Concern supplies.
    • Evaluates insurance concerns.

  • Develops and utilizes community resources.  
    • Develops and maintains working relationship with community agencies, i.e., longterm care facilities, DFS, hospitals, social security office, V.A., etc.
  • Utilizes available community resources to meet family needs.
  • Works in cooperation with community agencies and lay groups.
  • Provides education and inservices to contract agencies, as appropriate.
  • Provides counseling to patient and family. 
    • Provides counseling to meet psychosocial needs of patient/family.
    • Collaborates with and provides information to hospice interdisciplinary team related to counseling issues.
    • Provides crisis intervention to patient/family.
    • Refers to community counseling agencies, as indicated.
    • Offers and facilitates memorial services, as directed.

  • Other duties as performed or assigned.  

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Master’s Degree in Psychology or Counseling. One year of counseling in Hospice Compassus setting or Bachelors degree when employed by Hospice Compassus before December, 2008.

State specific requirements:

  • Alabama-Licensed in Alabama.
  • Illinois-Licensed in Illinois.
  • Kansas-Licensed in Kansas.
  • Louisiana-Masters Degree.
  • Michigan-not applicable.
  • Mississippi-Licensed in Mississippi.
  • Missouri-not applicable.
  • New Mexico-Licensed in New Mexico.
  • Pennsylvania-not applicable.
  • South Carolina-Licensed in the state of South Carolina.
  • Tennessee-not applicable.
  • Texas-Licensed in the state of Texas.
  • West Virginia-Licensed in the state of West Virginia.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.  Ability to write simple correspondence.  Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to patients and families of patients.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or schedule form.

Computer Skills

To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Microsoft Office software.

Other Qualifications

Possess strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.  Must be of high integrity including maintenance of confidential information including all personnel and patient records. Must be able to travel frequently. Ability to work a flexible schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Certified Psychologist or Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of employment. A valid driver’s license and auto liability insurance.

Other Skills and Abilities

Understanding and acceptance of hospice philosophy.  Must be able to tend the geriatric and the terminally ill. Ability to communicate with the families of patients. Ability to understand, speak, read and write English.

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