Grief Counselor- SandCastles- Detroit

Behavioral Health
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General Summary:
  • Works in conjunction with the SandCastles team to provide for the needs of grieving children and their families within hospice and the surrounding community. Responsible for the assessment, intake and placement of children, teens, and adults into support groups at programs and at camp. 
  • Responsible for the identification of children, and parent(s)/guardian(s) who are in need of further assessment and referral, if necessary, and providing that service. Is a referral source for outside agencies when needed by the family member, staff, or volunteer. 
  • The Grief Counselor is required to attend evening program functions, is responsible for handling crisis situations, and coordinates and supervises the evening programming at one or more sites. 
  • Serves as a liaison between the SandCastles program, hospice program, HFHS, and the community through community outreach and education. 
  • Requires Masters' Degree in counseling, social work, or psychology. Must maintain current State of Michigan clinical licensure for degree (LLPC, LPC, LLMSW, LMSW, LLP). 
  • Previous experience working with bereavement and children's issues preferred. 
  • Requires participation at the annual overnight children's grief camp weekend. 
  • Requires interpersonal skills to present a positive image of Hospice and Sand Castles to those referred to the program and to the community. 
  • Requires knowledge of normal and abnormal responses of children and families to bereavement issues and knowledge of normal childhood development. 
  • Displays sensitivity in discussing the reality of death, grief and loss with children, families, volunteers, and community groups.


       Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. health

       care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education.  The system includes

       the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health

       insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory

       network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a

       full continuum of care.  In 2015, Henry Ford provided $299 million in uncompensated care.

       The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 24,600

       employees.  Henry Ford is a 2011Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.  The

       health system is led by President and CEO Wright Lassiter III.  To learn more, visit


       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

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       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness

       and access to day care services at Bright Horizons Midtown Detroit, and a whole host of other

       benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not eligible for benefits.    

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