Consultant/PRESS Support Group Leader

Organization: American Parkinson Disease Association

Location: Madison, WI

Job Description-PRESS SG leader APDA WI

Description: American Parkinson Disease Association seeks an MSW or other credentialed healthcare professional with psychosocial support group experience, to lead a support group that meets weekly for 1.5-2 hours for people with Parkinson’s diagnosed within the last 5 years and their Care Partners. The 8-week support group will be held in Madison at an accessible facility and will meet (time of day; evenings, afternoons, mornings).

Responsibilities:  Lead an 8-week support group for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their Care Partners (PRESS).  Pre-screen potential group participants.  Identify/facilitate medical and health care speakers to present to the group when appropriate for a session.  Responsible for organization of all 8 sessions, including local marketing of program, attendance and refreshments.  Communicate with the APDA National and/or local liaison on the status of the group and any issues that may arise while the group is being conducted.  Administer pre and post-test participant evaluations and submit in designated folders.

Qualifications:  Master level credentials in social work, counseling, nursing, mental health or related field.  Experience leading psychosocial support groups.  Experience leading support groups for a chronic disease population a plus.  Familiarity with neurological diseases.  Excellent communication and public speaking skills.  Understanding of group dynamics.  Professional liability insurance required.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter to Rachel Wilberding, rwilberding@apdaparkinson.org. In the subject line please put “PRESS Support Group Leader”.