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Counselor - Bereavement

  • Job reference: BBBH3851
  • Location: Qatar
  • Salary: Attractive Package
  • Start Date: ASAP
  • Job type: Permanent

We are working in partnership with the Sidra Medical and Research Center. Our client is an ultramodern, all-digital academic medical centre specialising in the provision of care for women and children. Based in Qatar, our client will focus on world-class patient care, medical education and biomedical research.

We are recruiting for a Counselor - Bereavement.

Cavendish will be hosting interview days on behalf of our client. Upon enquiring, your dedicated consultant will brief you on the process, the organisation, Qatar and outline the next steps.

Job Summary:

The Bereavement Counselor is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of bereavement counseling support to meet the specific needs of patients and families. The position provides direct services to children and families experiencing and/or anticipating loss and death. The Counselor is a member of the interdisciplinary Bereavement and Palliative Care team and works both independently and collaboratively to best support patients and families with grief and loss resulting from a range of medical situations including: fetal demise, trauma, chronic, and acute illnesses.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • With expert practice, assesses patient and family need for grief support with consideration for the unique needs of the individual and family, including coping style, previous experience, developmental level, culture, spirituality, family situation and emotional state.
  • Provides education, support and anticipatory guidance for children and families who face impending death; helps children and families plan for end-of-life activities.
  • Continues essential support to family members after the death of a child; collaborates with outside agencies.
  • Utilizes knowledge of grief responses, grief assessment, grief intervention, cultural diversity, assessment/ intervention, critical incident stress debriefing, group facilitation and the understanding of family dynamics to provide intervention to children and families experiencing loss.
  • Functions independently and exhibits the ability to interact effectively with people of varying socioeconomic classes, differing lifestyles, spiritual beliefs, and/or cultural values and with interdisciplinary health care professionals.
  • Understands complex medical conditions and their impact on the social, psychological and economic functioning of families; develops proactive interventions to support coping.
  • Requires independent judgment in order to apply effective grief assessment and interventions to the individuals and families being served.
  • Initiates, establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships and rapport with children and families in a high-paced acute clinical setting and paces interventions as needed.
  • Introduces and facilitates rehearsal of coping techniques to aid child and family immediate and long-term coping, with stages of loss and grief.
  • Functions as an active member of the health care team; providing educational in-services and support as needed.
  • Plans, implements, coordinates, and evaluates group bereavement support programs for multiple and varied patient populations.
  • Uses standardized process to assess individual patient strengths and needs, determines treatment plan and patient goals and provides bereavement services to patients of all ages and/ or family members, in individual and group settings, to restore, maintain or improve the patient and family's social, emotional, physical and cognitive function.
  • Develops and modifies bereavement interventions to meet the changing needs of a varied pediatric patient population and their families, and adapting to developmental age, chronological age, physical limitations or disabilities and psychosocial needs.
  • Develops and sustains therapeutic relationships with patients, parents, and families from a variety of cultural, social, economic and religious backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates creativity and skill in provision of bereavement treatments.
  • Creates a safe and nurturing family-centered environment in which children and families can feel comfortable with expression of feelings and communication.


Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Work, professional counseling, psychology, or related health services; Post-Graduate diploma/ certificate in grief/ loss.
  • 5+ years experience as a Bereavement counselor/ bereavement/ grief counsellor.
  • Strong clinical expertise across the competencies of pediatric and family loss and bereavement including working with those of diverse cultures and faiths.
  • Licensure from country of origin.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of best practices in Bereavement/ Loss specialty.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and presentation skills, as well as an ability to communicate effectively within a team, across disciplines, and with patients and families.
  • Effective teaching, mentoring, and supervisory skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to represent and communicate the role of bereavement to others.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.

Benefits- Highly competitive package including a Tax free salary in Qatar + benefits. Full details of the package will be discussed directly.

Please note the targeted start date for the position is dependent on the current timeline for the project. Likewise, the processing of licensing (if applicable)/ visas etc. also need to be considered. We will advise candidates specifically when we discuss the opportunity.

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