Stress Reduction Group Leader
Department Description: Research-Emergency Medicine
Job Location: Boston, MA
Req ID: 31092BR
Job Summary: Teaches group classes on meditation to patients who are experiencing job- or family-related stress, anxiety, depression or chronic pain in a clinical outpatient setting. Provides patients, through both didactic and experiential practices, with a variety of evidence-based mind body skills they can use to help manage stress, build resilience and decrease medical symptoms.
Department Specific Job Responsibilities:
- Teaches group classes on meditation to patients who are experiencing job- or family-related stress, anxiety, depression or chronic pain in a clinical outpatient setting.
- Obtains pertinent history to determine patients' needs and reviews physician's referral and/or medical record to assess whether patients are appropriate as potential participants for a group-based program.
- Teaches participants meditation and other mind body practices by establishing a supportive and therapeutic environment for group work aimed at reducing stress and improving resiliency in daily life.
- Guides participants in practicing and improving stress reduction skills by leading in-class group discussions, assigning out-of-class experiential homework, and providing patient education materials as approved by the Center for Integrative Care medical team.
- Engages in active discussion with other health care team members and participates in staff and/or interdisciplinary meetings, task forces, and projects.
- Documents pertinent patient information in webOMR (online medical record) in accordance with medical center, department and Center for Integrative Care policies.
- Bachelor's degree required.
- 1-3 years related work experience required.
- Completion of an in-depth rigorous meditation or mindfulness-based teacher training program required. Familiarity through personal participation with the mindfulness-based course curriculum that s/he will teach.
- At least 2 years experience teaching meditation, mindfulness, stress reduction techniques, and/or other mind body practices to groups required, preferably in a medical setting.
- Ability to work evenings and/or weekends required.
- Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
- Counseling or Social Work license.
- Professional mental health training that includes the use of evidence-based therapeutic approaches preferred.
- Training in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) preferred.
- Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by general instructions and practices requiring some interpretation. May make recommendations for solving problems of moderate complexity and importance.
- Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
- Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
- Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
- Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
- Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
- Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
- Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.
Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally