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Spiritual Care Coordinator

Company: State of Massachusetts
Location: Taunton
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

The Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP) operated by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking a dynamic individual to provide spiritual care activities, support, and individual and group counseling with clients, family members and agency staff.

The selected candidate will provide pastoral oversight and counseling in times of crisis while providing consultation on issues related to spirituality. The Chaplain consults with facility administrators regarding religious activities and provides orientation training to new staff on religious resources and services available to clients.

Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):

  • Conducts individual and group counseling sessions with clients and family members to provide spiritual assistance.
  • Consults with staff, treatment teams, administrative and/or program groups to identify needs, establish programs and facilitate the provision of agency services.
  • Provides pastoral care and counseling in times of crisis (e.g., death, critical or serious illness) and provides consultation on issues related to religion, morality, and ethics.
  • Offers spiritual/religious education/support addressing the needs of the individual served.
  • Consults with facility administrators regarding spiritual/religious activities, and any issues related to morals, ethics, values, death and dying and human rights, as these issues impact upon clients, their family members and facility staff.
  • Advocates with Human Rights Committees and facility administrators for religious, civil, and human rights of clients and staff, and facilitates the expression of values leading the fulfillment of human potential.
  • Facilitates orientation training to new staff on spiritual/religious resources and services available to clients and staff.
  • Participates in denominational and interfaith organizations as well as conferences, workshops, seminars, and other continuing education opportunities to enhance religious and clinical competencies and/or to maintain religious standing.
  • Provides information and reports needed to facilitate the exchange of information with facility administration and staff and/or religious, community, civic and social agencies, and to promote acceptance of the population served.
  • Stays current with the latest developments in resources, policies, practices, and trends affecting the population served.
  • Participates on various local and statewide committees and organizations, attends relevant meetings as needed and is present at public and facility functions.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to assess religious/spiritual needs and provide counseling to clients, staff, and their families within a religious/spiritual context.
  • Knowledge of principles of Social Work, Philosophy, Spirituality including terminology.
  • Demonstrated experience with the factors, trends, and problems in providing religious services to individuals with substance use disorder.
  • Capacity to establish rapport with persons from diverse, cultural and/or economic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior health care ministry which includes astute awareness of self and others; commitment to providing inclusive and welcoming care for a diverse population; willingness to serve and collaborate with others in a health care setting.

  • Willingness to maintain ongoing professional growth and learning.

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills with the ability to collaborate with various workgroups.

  • Ability to demonstrate a positive, non-judgmental, and accepting attitude toward individuals with substance use disorder.

  • Self-motivated with strong organizational skills and superior attention to detail.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

  • Given the population served, bilingual or multilingual fluency.

About the Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP):

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) in collaboration with the Department of Public Health (DPH) Bureau of Substance Addiction Services operates a statewide Recovery from Addictions Program (RAP) for individuals civilly committed by the courts for substance use treatment for up to 90 days ("Section 35 commitment").

The program model will provide acute detoxification and early clinical stabilization services as we help clients develop community-based linkages to outpatient supports and substance use disorder treatment providers. The individuals treated within this program will be linked upon discharge to a range of services within the DPH continuum of care for substance use conditions. RAP provides administrative, medical, clinical, and non-clinical services. Its mission to provide quality client-centered care and recovery-oriented treatment.

DMH Mission Statement:

The Department of Mental Health assures and provides access to services and supports to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, enabling them to live, work and participate in their communities. The Department establishes standards to ensure effective and culturally competent care to promote recovery. The Department sets policy, promotes self-determination, protects human rights and supports mental health training and research.

Total Compensation:

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs
  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Pre-Hire Process:

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122 Ext. #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have an ordination or other recognition as a religious leader/teacher based on the requirements of the population serviced and the specific requirements of the religion concerned.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid Motor Vehicle Driver's License at a Class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Keywords: State of Massachusetts, Taunton , Spiritual Care Coordinator, Other , Taunton, Massachusetts

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