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Spiritual Counselor / Chaplain

Title: Spiritual Counselor / Chaplain

Department: Social Services 

Reports To: Social Services Manager / Director or PCM

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

General Summary:

The Spiritual Counselor / Chaplain has overall responsibility for assessment, coordination and delivery of spiritual counseling to hospice patients.

The Spiritual Counselor / Chaplain participates as a member of the IDG, actively coordinating all aspects of the patient’s hospice care, in accordance with current professional standards and practice, including participating in ongoing interdisciplinary comprehensive assessments, developing and evaluating the plan of care and contributing to patient and family counseling and education.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provides spiritual counseling, prayer and worship for patients and their families, as appropriate to their needs and desires.

  2. Assesses spiritual needs of assigned patients, completes a comprehensive spiritual assessment and individualized Plan of Care for each patient/ family within 5 calendar days of admission as per family request/ acceptance.

  3. Documents counseling and/or other services provided in the medical record.

  4. Offers patients of different philosophies and religious perspective an opportunity to discuss their thoughts, feelings, beliefs and values in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.

  5. Makes reasonable efforts to arrange for visits of clergy and other members of religious organizations in the community to patients who request such visits and advises all patients of this opportunity.

  6. Plans and conducts memorial and funeral services for hospice families as indicated and appropriate.

  7. Provides educational information/in-services on hospice services and spiritual care to staff, referral sources and community groups as requested.

  8. Attends agency sponsored education / in-service training.

  9. Participates as a member of the Core IDG.

  10. Participate in Quality Assessment / Performance Improvement activities as appropriate and as requested.

  11. 11.Other duties as assigned.


  1. Master of Divinity or equivalent preferred.

  2. At least two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) preferred; if none must complete in first 12 months.

  3. At least two years of counseling experience, preferably in a health care setting.

Required Skills:

  1. Able to read 12-point or larger type.

  2. Must be able to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, sufficient to prepare and send documentation / reports, and to interact with clients, staff and peers.

  3. Must show considerable initiative, judgement, and organizational skills to work independently.

  4. Display advanced proficiency using all MS Office applications, standard office equipment, and business technology.

  5. Familiar with Hospice philosophy and regulations as appropriate to job responsibilities.


The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be constructed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.


Lisa Gruhlke
Human Resources Generalist
1N131 County Farm Road
Winfield, IL 60190

Harbor Light Hospice
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