Upbring Careers

  • Spiritual Care Counselor

    Job ID
    US-TX-Canyon Lake
    Regular Full-Time
    # of Openings Remaining
  • Overview

    The Spiritual Care Counselor provides spiritual support to the residents through the coordination of community and faith-based spiritual leaders. The Spiritual Care Counselor works closely with the inter-disciplinary team to assess the spiritual care needs for residents 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.


    Essential duties

    • 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 residents' 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
    • Other duties as assigned


    Minimum qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Theology, Theological Education, Counseling or closely related field and Master’s degree and full licensure LPC, LMFT or LCSW
    • 3 years of spiritual care support experience with adolescents
    • Spiritual and emotional maturity to understand and exhibit healthy and professional boundaries with residents and their families
    • 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)

    Preferred Qualifications

    • 5 years of spiritual care support experience with adolescents in a behavioral health or residential treatment center highly preferred
    • Certification or certification eligible from one of the established accrediting bodies for professional chaplaincy such as APC, NACC,NAJC and SCA


    Working Relationships

    • 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


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