Clinical Counselor/Social Worker
Position Number: 00102548
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The NC State Veterinary Hospital (VH), established in 1983, is one of the highest rated veterinary academic medical centers in the country, serving communities throughout North Carolina as well as many other states. The hospital staffs over twenty clinical services with board certified specialists that are nationally and even internationally renowned, ensuring the VH is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine. Patients benefit from the combined expertise of multiple specialists utilizing a team approach to patient health care. Each year, nearly 35,000 patients are treated in the VH. The VH provides compassionate care, state of the art specialty health care, expert clinical instruction for 4th year veterinary students from College of Veterinary Medicine, and ongoing investigation of innovative techniques and procedures to further advance the field of veterinary medicine. The VH is one of only a handful of veterinary facilities in the country to include a Social Worker/Counselor on the veterinary medical team with the goal of providing family-centered care in recognition of the human-animal bond between people and their animals. Our Family and Community Services are designed to support our clients when these bonds are tested by illness, behavior problems, injury, and death.
Essential Job Duties: The licensed Clinical Counselor/Social Worker will serve the important role in supporting the Veterinary Hospital's Family and Community Services which provides counseling for VH clients in need due to pet loss and grief, working with clients seeking solutions and support to the issues arising during the course of their animal's medical treatment, and coordinating events such as VH's Annual Kindred Companions Memorial Gathering and pet grief support group. The position will participate in strategic planning and marketing for the VH's Family and Community Services and will provide education to veterinary treatment teams about client needs and counseling from a social work perspective. The Clinical Counselor/Social Worker duties and responsibilities include: *Clinical Service* * Provide on-site and phone crisis intervention, grief education, and short-term emotional support for VH clients and facilitate local community referrals as needed * Facilitate client decisions about medical treatment and end-of-life issues with the veterinary healthcare team * Provide case debriefing, emotional support and stress relief strategies, and referrals for VH faculty, staff, and students * Facilitate weekly service rounds (and others upon request) to debrief, educate and support team members on client interactions * Provide annual orientation and training for interns, residents and new faculty * Provide follow-up client support and maintain case records * Mediate client relations concerns * Maintain and develop client resources (e.g. handouts and website) *Teaching* * Lecture and teach coursework (e.g. communication and grief, death and dying, compassion fatigue) within the professional veterinary medical curriculum in the classroom and clinic (Senior/4th year rotation) * May serve as field instructor for Field Practice experience(s) for Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) and/or Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) students. This position also coordinates and participates in Clinical Ethics Committee meetings.
Minimum Education/Experience: Master's degree in the mental health field (e.g. social work, counseling).
Department Required Skills: Licensed in North Carolina. Excellent multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills. Desire to work as a collaborative and supportive team member in a veterinary clinical setting. Appreciation of the human-animal bond and the impact of pet illness and loss on families and clinical professionals. Experienced in crisis intervention and desire to work in settings requiring crisis intervention.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Experience working in a hospital setting. Experience in human-animal, traumatic loss, and grief counseling. Teaching experience in informal and/or formal settings.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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