PRN Spiritual Counselor

Otterbein Hospice

The Spiritual Counselor is responsible for the provision of non-denominational spiritual counseling services to patients, families and the hospice staff via home visits, phone contact, and referrals to the other local community clergy as appropriate.  Otterbein is located in Lebanon, OH.


• Provide comprehensive assessment of spiritual needs of hospice patients, families and/or caregivers within five days of patient’s election to the hospice benefit or according to patient/family wishes on the Spiritual Care Assessment form.
• Provide consultation and support to patients, families, caregivers and team members in a non-denominational manner or as requested by patients/families/caregivers and document according to agency policies and procedures.
• Contact patient/family’s preferred spiritual advisor/clergy to ensure ongoing involvement and to invite participation in interdisciplinary care planning when requested by team member or patient/family member.
• Contact patient’s community clergy or spiritual leader to assist in provision of spiritual care of patients and family members as requested.
• Develop and document plan for spiritual care, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team.
• Participate in interdisciplinary team meeting and evaluate and revise plan for spiritual care of patients/families/caregivers with the interdisciplinary team on an ongoing basis.
• Provide spiritual care counseling services to patients/families and significant others and document the services according to agency clinical record guidelines.
• Maintain records of spiritual care services utilization and related activities for quality assurance, program development and policy and procedure review and revision.
• Provide for funeral planning, as well as funeral and/or memorial services for patients as requested.
• Conduct memorial services for the agency as requested by Hospice Executive Director.

Skills & Qualifications:

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of theology preferred.
• Clinical Pastoral Education Training required: with a minimum of 2 to 4 C.P.E. credits obtained from an accredited program preferred.
• Must have training/experience in dealing with grief and bereavement counseling.
• Minimum of 1 year experience in providing ecumenical approach in pastoral care and client/family counseling.
• Experience in home health, hospice, community based, or acute care clinical setting preferred.
• Must demonstrate the ability to be able to work within a multidisciplinary team setting.
• Understanding of Hospice philosophy and needs of terminally ill.
• Must be endorsed and in good standing with a denomination. Prefer a certificate of ordination or certification.
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation that is insured in accordance with Ohio requirements.

If you are interested in this position, send resume, cover letter and salary history to EOE