Department: MED-Preventive Medicine Salary/Grade: NEX/9
The part-time behavioral counselor will assist in implementing and evaluating a National Cancer Institute funded comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment program integrated within the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer of Northwestern University. The behavioral counselor will work with the tobacco cessation team to help expand the current program to all oncology clinics throughout the Northwester Memorial Healthcare system.
As a part of a multidisciplinary team, the successful candidate will assess, document, and treat tobacco use/dependence in cancer patients and cancer survivors, consistent with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network clinical practice guidelines for smoking cessation. The guidelines can be found at http://www.jnccn.org/content/14/11/1430.full. The successful candidate will also assist with collecting and compiling data relevant to the reach and effectiveness of the program.
Please note: This position may include occasional travel to Northwestern Memorial Hospitals in the Chicagoland area.
Obtain Tobacco Treatment Specialist certification and recertification through the Mayo Clinic or another training program accredit by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (training fees and travel, if applicable, covered by Northwestern)
Complete credentialing through Northwestern Memorial Hospital to see patients and access the electronic medical record system (Epic). A health screening, covered by Northwestern, will be required as part of the credentialing.
Assist in delivering in-person and telephone-based behavioral smoking cessation counseling, per NCCN Guidelines for Smoking Cessation.
Connect patients with free treatment resources outside of Northwestern, including the Illinois Tobacco Quitline and National Cancer Institute (QuitGuide and SmokeFreeTXT)
Assess and document 6- and 12- month effectiveness outcomes for among new/active cancer patients and cancer survivors who have engaged in treatment.
Assist in entering, compiling, and assessing data related to relevant program outcomes. Assist in preparing visual data analyses for both formal and informal reports to program directors and cancer center leadership.
Serve as a contact and resource person for providers and clinical staff inquiring about tobacco treatment options within and outside of the Robert H Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
May train other research staff and/or interns to conduct patient outreach and administer patient satisfaction surveys.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major such as social or health science or related; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
Must complete NU's IRB CITI training before interacting with any participants & must re-certify every 3 years.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Basic clinical interviewing experience.
Communicate effectively one-to-one and in small groups.
Plan, organize, and schedule in an efficient, productive manner.
Strong interpersonal, communication, and time management skills.
Ability to have flexible hours to accommodate patient and clinical schedules.
Experience in a medical oncology setting or outpatient alcohol/drug addiction setting.
Experience in behavioral counseling for health behavior change.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Knowledge of tobacco and/or smoking cessation treatment, including varenicline (Chantix) and other FDA-approved smoking cessation medications.
Superb attention to detail, planning and organizational skills.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 39702
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