Functioning as a member of the Cancer Center Patient & Family Support Services Team, within the Comprehensive Cancer Center and Program. The Specialist is responsible for development and provision of family resources, services and programs supporting adult patients who have been diagnosed with Cancer, to provide support and resources for their children. The Specialist will develop and coordinate specialty supports and programming to recognize children of adult patients, offer activities, resources to promote coping, adjustment, and transitions throughout the cancer diagnosis. The Specialist possesses advanced clinical skills in providing services to patients and families, program development and evaluation, supervision of students and volunteers, and representation of the department on Hospital wide committees and initiatives.
- Perform comprehensive resource provision for areas in Families Facing Cancer
- Provide clinical expertise in an area of developmental age- based learning and theory for family resource intervention.
- Provide procedural support for patient if on request for painful/invasive experiences or for those patients who might have differing abilities in learning and comprehension needs
- Expertise in grief and loss and evidence of that practice in a clinical setting.
- Integrate psychosocial clinical services with PsychOncology clinic services, as appropriate, within cancer program structures and operations and initiatives;
- Plan treatment in collaboration with PsychOncology colleagues based on scientific principles using, but not limited to prescribing psychotherapies, cognitive therapies, behavioral therapies, patient education and referral to other Patient Support Services and community resources.
- Document all relevant data according to clinical and regulatory standards following department documentation policy for content, frequency, format, and timeliness.
- Attend multidisciplinary psychosocial case conference weekly
- Assess and prioritize patient and family needs for services
- Function as a member of the interdisciplinary healthcare team, integrating goals and plans to promote optimal care that is family-centered, developmentally appropriate, and psychosocially sound
- Advocate for family-centered care through involvement of patients and family members, communication and satisfaction feedback
- Interact with families; provide developmentally appropriate resources, services and programs to support parents, grandparents and others in helping children understand, cope and participate in the treatment experience
- Plan, implement and evaluate programs specific to families and their children
- Establish partnerships with school educators, camps and community programs on behalf of children of adult patients
- Contribute to legacy and bereavement programs offered by the PFSS/CCC Staff
- Document family interactions, services and outcomes; initiate referrals
- Maintain data specific to family services and programs
- Orient and supervise students and volunteers
- Participate in professional development to enhance job performance and contribute to the accomplishments of Patient & Family Support Services within the CCC and collateral departments where work is shared
- Interface with donors, community groups and others vital to the continued growth of Patient & Family Support Services and Health System programs and visions
- Develop presentations for internal and community education
- Participate in other clinical initiatives as defined by Patient and Family Support Services
General supervision is received from the Director of Patient & Family Support Services and the Co-Director of Psych Oncology. Clinical supervision received from the Medical Director of PsychOncology. Collaborative relationship with Child Life.
- A Bachelor's degree in Child Life or related field of study such as Child Development, Education, Psychology or Therapeutic Recreation, Social Work; a Master's degree is desirable.
- Child Life Specialist certification (granted by the Child Life Council) is preferred.
- Three to five years of progressively responsible experience in Child Life or related field is necessary, specific to cancer care and adult work
- Demonstrated experience in teaching and continuing education in specialty area is required
This position requires moderate standing/walking, as well as lifting, positioning, pushing, and/or transferring of patients.
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty that will be required of positions that will be given this title and shall not be construed as declaring what the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position shall be. It is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of any supervisor to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under his supervision. The use of a particular expression or illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of a similar kind or level of difficulty.
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