Feb 12, 2019

Child and Family Support Counsellor

  • CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation
  • Polokwane
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

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.

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

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

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 email address below, 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

If you have not received a response by Wednesday 06 March 2019 consider your application unsuccessful.

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.


R162 000 to R180 000 per annum

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