CHOC: Child and Family Support Counsellor

CHOC CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION SA
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 February, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Employment

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 vacancies@choc.org.za 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

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

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

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies

Location: 
Polokwane

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