Healing Tree Oncology Counselor

Reports to: Healing Tree Manager
FSLA Status: Exempt
Hours: Full-time; some evenings and weekends
Location: South Portland and Lewiston, ME

The Healing Tree program at the Dempsey Center is designed to support families and youth managing the impact of cancer. The Healing Tree is more than a collection of services; it is a model of care that is family-centered, youth-focused, and based on an understanding that well-supported children are an integral part of health, hope and healing for all involved. The Healing Tree provides physical, tangible, and emotional support to families and youth (age 0-24) through education, connection and play to manage the impact of cancer.

Position Summary

Responsible for supporting the Dempsey Center mission, vision, values, and work culture.

The Healing Tree Oncology counselor will provide counseling, information, referrals, and education to people of all ages, with a concentration on children, teens, young adults and families, whose lives are impacted by cancer, including cancer patients/survivors, loved ones/families, care partners, parents/guardians, and bereaved individuals.

The primary clinical focus of this clinician includes fostering coping and adaptation to cancer and its effects from diagnosis through survivorship or bereavement. This role leads cancer and bereavement support groups and skill building workshops for youth ages 5-24 and adults. At Dempsey Center, Healing Tree provides physical, tangible, and emotional support to families and youth (age 0-24) through education, connection and play to manage a cancer impact.Key

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Coordinates and facilitates the provision of high quality, evidence-based clinical programs and services to youth and family clients impacted by cancer.
  • Provides individual, family, youth, and couples counseling around managing the impact of cancer.
  • Facilitates cancer-related support groups.
  • Facilitates youth and family programming related to the psychosocial impact of cancer.
  • Advocates for the needs of youth and family clients impacted by cancer in accordance with the mission and values of the Dempsey Center.
  • Manages the documentation process for counseling services.
  • Utilizes best practice and established standards in assessing clients’ psychosocial status and needs.
  • Updates approach with clients as needed based on client’s response to intervention and services.
  • Designs and delivers Healing Tree programing, including curriculum development to both in – person and virtual audience.
  • Participates in the management of Healing Tree program volunteers.
  • Participates in program evaluation process for Healing Tree programming and counseling services.
  • Supports the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of individuals living with or impacted by cancer.
  • Recognizes professional boundaries and scope of practice and makes appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Collaborates with other disciplines within the Dempsey Center to improve client care.
  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to members of the client’s health care team, when appropriate.
  • Functions independently, with supervision from the Healing Tree Manager.
  • Maintains compliance with HIPAA policies and procedures.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary meetings and peer review.
  • Meets productivity standards and keeps on schedule with client treatments.
  • Meets department documentation standards.


  • Master of Social Work degree required.
  • Clinical experience preferably in oncology, palliative, care, and/or hospice.
  • Individual and group counseling experience is required.
  • Experience working with youth including specific evidence-based trainings in youth or family specific treatment modalities.
  • Two or more years of clinical social work experience preferred.
  • Highly organized and detailed oriented.
  • Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills to properly engage clients in stressful situations and medical crises.
  • Demonstrates competence in data collection and program evaluation.
  • Ability to manage appropriate professional boundaries with clients, families, and volunteers.
  • Ability to relate to people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to make well-reasoned decisions, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to follow-through to meet organizational and client needs.
  • Ability to use discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Ability to see both the larger picture and detailed steps needed to achieve the organization’s goals and objectives.
  • Ability to maintain focus on multiple projects and appropriately prioritize activities.
  • Ability to meet job performance measures with minimal oversight and guidance.
  • Ability to express and maintain an open and confident mindset as well as a positive attitude.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Dempsey Center

The Dempsey Center promotes a culture of inclusion and seeks talented staff from diverse backgrounds. The Dempsey Center encourages applications from qualified candidates of every age, race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and veteran status.

Licensure, Registration, and Certification

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • State of Maine LMSW-CC license; LCSW strongly preferred
  • OSW-C strongly preferred (required within 4 years of hire)

Required for All Employees

  • Background check
  • Annual flu immunization
  • COVID-19 vaccination

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to effectively communicate with employees, clients, Board members, donors and potential donors, volunteers, consultants, advisors, and members of the community.

Math Skills

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide into all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret graphs.

Computer Operations

Proficiency with or the ability to quickly learn the organizations client management system (Mindbody). Requires intermediate or better proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, and Outlook, or equivalent.

Responsibility for Confidential Matters

Works regularly with highly confidential information. Must comply with confidentiality policies and procedures. Utmost discretion and integrity are required for the job.

Adheres to Dempsey Policies + Culture

Regularly represents the Dempsey Center and interprets its policies and practices to all types of people within and outside the organization. Assumes responsibility for harmonious relationships. Treats everyone with dignity and respect. respect.

Supervision Received

Receives very general guidance based on broad objectives for the job. Work is carried out in collaboration with others while maintaining alignment with organizational directives and guidelines. Independent judgment is used to achieve assigned objectives.


  • Must be able to exert moderate physical effort with occasional standing, walking, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, typing and frequently lift and carry material weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Normal office conditions such as sitting, with occasional standing, walking, reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, typing and lifting up to 10 pounds.
  • Must be able to perform physical tasks including lifting objects weighing as much as 25 pounds, bending, stooping and reaching.
  • Driving may be necessary to attend meetings and trainings but is not a primarily and essential job responsibility.