CHOC: Child and Family Support Counsellor

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CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that provides support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders as well as their families.

CHOC seeks to appoint a Child and Family Support Counsellor to be based in Polokwane.

Salary: R162 000 to R180 000 per annum cost to company with no other benefits except an annual cost of living salary adjustment and a retirement plan

Report to: CHOC Psychosocial Support Services Manager

Start date: 06 May 2019

The purpose of the position is to provide counselling and psychosocial support services to children diagnosed with cancer or life threatening blood disorders and their families.

Responsibilities:

Counselling:

  • Facilitate the counselling of and support to parents at the time of breaking bad news
  • Provide individual and /or group counselling, regarding the diagnosis and treatment, to the patient and family (including siblings) from diagnosis onward
  • Prepare the patient and/or parent/family for medical and treatment procedures
  • Provide palliative and end-of-life care and support for the patient and family
  • Provide counselling and/or crisis intervention at the time of a patient’s death
  • Provide bereavement support for families

Additional Service Delivery:

  • Network and consult with community organisations to enhance service delivery to the children and their families
  • Assess, prepare and facilitate children who are well enough for the attendance of camps

Assessments:

  • Undertake psychosocial assessments of families and plan intervention accordingly, including other disciplines and resources as appropriate
  • Facilitate statutory investigations as and when required under the Children’s Act no 38 of 2005

General and Administration:

  • Complete and submit the monthly STAT report within the first week of the month
  • Keep accurate records/reports of the psychosocial support services and interventions provided

Personal and Professional Growth:

  • Attend weekly telephonic supervision with the PSSM
  • Attend two x a year the psychosocial support staff team meetings

Ward and Team Meetings:

  • Attend hand-over and ward team meetings

Educational Interventions:

  • Liaise with the hospital- and the patient’s home school about the implications of the treatment and eventual reintegration

Ward Volunteers:

  • Assist the Programme Coordinator with the recruitment, selection and supervision of ward volunteers

Fundraising and Awareness:

  • Assist the region with awareness and fundraising events as and when required

Support Programme:

  • Assist with the planning and organising of the annual Remembrance Service
  • Assist with the planning and organising of the annual ward/year-end party

Requirements:

  • A recognised BA Social Work Degree (Honours) with majors in Social Work and Psychology
  • Up to date proof of registration with the S.A
  • Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
  • Minimum one years’ experience as a qualified social worker in the child/youth and/or health sector with experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Computer literacy (Mircosoft Office) and administrative skills
  • Maturity, high stress tolerance, comfortable working in the field of loss, death and dying, ability to work independently yet as part of a team
  • Experience of working with children and their families compromised by life threatening illnesses or other life traumas
  • Fluency in English, Sepedi and understanding of the main African languages spoken in the area
  • A valid unendorsed South African driver’s licence

To apply, submit your CV with the names and contact details of two recent referees as well as the following documentation to reach [email protected] use CFSC Polokwane in the subject line

  • Certified copy of your identity document
  • Certified copy of your driver’s licence
  • Certified copy of your social auxiliary work qualification certificate
  • Certified copy of your academic record
  • Certified copy of your SACSSP registration certificate

If you have not received a response by Wednesday 06 March 2019 consider your application unsuccessful.

For more about the Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa, refer to www.choc.org.za

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