Harbour Hospice is the specialist, palliative care provider for families living in the Hibiscus Coast, North Shore and Warkworth / Wellsford communities. We provide compassionate, free care working primarily with patients, families and carers in their homes and within our three hospice sites. Our bespoke services include medical care, spiritual support, physiotherapy, social activities and more.
We are inviting expressions of interest from Counsellors who have experience in Palliative care and/or Grief and Loss to join our Family Support Team to provide Counselling services to our patients, families, whanau & carers within a home-based setting and within our in-patient unit at Red Beach.
About the role:
Our Family Support team offers practical and emotional support to patients, families, whānau and carers, including children and young people, learning to cope with uncertainty, loss and grief. Our counsellors are part of a multi-disciplinary team that provides social work, cultural support, spiritual care and complementary therapy who work together to provide a range services to those living with a life limiting condition.
We’re looking for a special type of person who has the life skills and counselling experience to visit the home of a patient and to talk with them about the issues they are facing and how to deal with the multitude of emotions, thoughts and feelings they are going through.
From a counselling perspective the role on our in-patient unit is somewhat different to the “norm”. Think cold-calling for Counsellors, there is no appointment system on an IPU. As a Counsellor you only get one chance to make a first impression and that is where your experience as a Counsellor practising in Grief & Loss and ideally EOL Diagnosis, palliative care really makes a difference to our patients and their families.
Our team run support groups for patients, carers and their families and this role will be involved in the planning and facilitation of some of these. There is a requirement to support internal training of staff in relevant areas.
What are we looking for from you?
- Counselling degree or post graduate certificate or diploma
- Current NZAC annual practicing certificate
- Cultural competence
- Flexibility to work collaboratively
- Ability to draw on evidence-based practice and literature
- Experience or interest in working within a Narrative and Collaborative therapies framework
Both our community-based & in-patient unit Counsellors play a key part in building trust and engagement with the Team at Hospice. From a Counselling perspective this is your opportunity to help our patients live every moment in whatever way is important to them.
For more information call Jayne Rice, Recruitment Specialist on 0212 800 323 or click on the APPLY NOW button to submit your application online.