Spiritual Care Counselor, Hospice of Santa Barbara



Hospice of Santa Barbara, the second oldest Hospice in the United States, is looking for a full time Spiritual Care Counselor for its Patient Care Services Program. Hospice of Santa Barbara is a unique and innovative organization that serves more than 700 children and adults monthly who are either facing a life threatening illness or grieving the loss of a loved one.  All our services are provided free of charge. We receive no support from government or insurance agencies, and are dependent on the support of the community for all we do. We have a highly committed staff and foster a positive, collaborative, and creative work environment. We make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people every year and believe it is a privilege to be serving others.
Reports to: Manager of Patient Care Services
Job Summary:   

As part of the Patient Care Services program, the Spiritual Care Counselor is responsible for the spiritual care provided to patients and families through the HSB Patient Care Services programs. Provides spiritual assessments and spiritual care counseling, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the spiritual plan of care. Collaborates with local clergy and various social work and community agencies to provide continuity of spiritual care for patients and families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Performs comprehensive initial assessment of religious, spiritual, and existential concerns for patients and families referred to Patient Care Services programs.
  2. Identifies and integrates the spiritual care issues, recommended interventions, and appropriate outcome steps into the plan of care.
  3. Conducts ongoing reassessments of patient/family spiritual needs.
  4. Documentation will follow HSB documentation protocols.
  5. Provides all necessary regulatory charting as required for any nursing home setting where spiritual care is provided.
  6. Support and spiritual care counseling is offered for issues of life closure, as well as other spiritual and existential issues, in a manner consistent with patient/family cultural, spiritual, and religious values.
  7. Offers support and referral for integrative approaches to the management of pain and suffering, i.e. Healing Touch, guided imagery, breathwork, music therapy, etc.
  8. Referral to an appropriate community based professional/organization with specialized knowledge and skills in spiritual and existential issues is made when desired by patient/family.
  9. Performs ritual assignments as requested. 
  10. Performs other duties as assigned by the HSB Director of Clinical Services and/or the HSB Executive Director.


  • Exceptional skills in spiritual care counseling for simple and complex spiritual issues including spiritual pain, forgiveness, hope, isolation, grief, meaning, and personal relatedness.
  • Experience and skill with issues of death, dying, and grief.
  • Knowledge about the hospice philosophy of care, anticipatory grief and end-of-life issues.
  • Demonstrates a firm understanding of how a Spiritual Care Counselor interfaces with a variety of ancillary professionals to create a strong team to serve patients.
  • Graduate from accredited seminary or school of theology.
  • Must have 1 – 4 units of CPE or equivalent.
  • Endorsed or ordained by a faith community to provide chaplaincy or spiritual care in a healthcare environment.
  • Bilingual preferred.
  • Must recognize and accept diversity in religious life, spiritual beliefs, values, and practices of all persons.
  • Minimum of 3 years spiritual care experience in a hospice, palliative care or health care setting.

Additional Requirements

  • Proven ability to manage time and tasks effectively.
  • Professional conduct consistent with work place standards.
  • Ability to provide and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ability to reason, deduce and carry out complex multiple step processes.
  • Ability to sit for one hour.
  • Ability to communicate either in person or by phone in a manner that is understandable to the diverse general public.
  • Ability to arrange own transportation.
Salary: Competitive/DOE
Benefits: Health insurance, Simple IRA, vacation and sick leave
To be considered for this position,
applicants will match their qualifications to the listed needs above and in addition please provide a current resume and salary history
either by email to: hsbhumanresources@gmail.com
or mail to: 
2050 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 100,
Santa Barbara, CA, 93103,
Attn: Human Resources
Applicants who do not submit all requested items will not be considered for employment.
posted: May 28, 2014