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MD Anderson Cancer Center Senior Counselor - Pediatrics | Patient Care in Houston, Texas

Senior Counselor - Pediatrics | Patient Care

MD Anderson is recruiting a nationally competitive Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) to join the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The primary responsibility will be the provision of outpatient counseling through the ambulatory AYA center.

Our clinic serves adolescent and young adult patients through the age of 39 years. Cancer types vary widely in this population and patients are referred from adult clinics across the institution, as well as through the Children's Cancer Hospital.

The AYA Clinic is relatively young and is the outgrowth of an AYA program housed within the Children's Cancer Hospital. The Clinic's success has led to rapid growth and national prominence for its clinical and research excellence.

The incoming mental health professional will join a dynamic interdisciplinary team that consists of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, social workers, a psychological associate, and several others. Sub-specialty services included in this center revolve around the needs of AYAs who have a history of a cancer diagnosis, some of whom are currently engaged in active treatment. The presenting mental health concerns of this population vary, and the most frequently presenting concerns revolve around the adjustment processes incumbent with cancer diagnosis, treatment, and its sequelae.

In addition, a significant number of patients seek medical care at MD Anderson because of the novel clinical trials that may not be available in elsewhere. These patients may be living with an advanced cancer or a cancer associated with a poor prognosis. Mental health services are provided throughout the trajectory of care and may be related to anticipatory grief, end-of-life, and bereavement.

The primary responsibility of the Senior Counselor - Pediatrics | Patient Care is to provides individualized treatment utilizing behavioral and psychological interventions and assessment techniques in the provision of clinical care or in clinical or behavioral research protocols and clinical programs.


  • Applies psychological or behavioral interventions and assessment techniques for research or clinical programs.

  • Develops and or delivers individualized psychologically based treatment plans.

  • Maintains appropriate documentation of all clinical activities and protocols.

  • Implements operational procedures maintaining quality assurance.

  • Assists in monitoring research or clinical protocol adherence and strategic planning for the clinical protocol.

  • Trains staff, evaluates performance, and provides clinical supervision.

Other duties as assigned.


Education : Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, related counseling degree or Social Work.

Experience : Three years of post-masters related counseling experience.

License/Certification : One of the following:

  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) issued by the state of Texas.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) issued by the state of Texas.

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) issued by the state of Texas.

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) issued by the state of Texas.

  • Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) issued by the state of Texas.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

Additional Information

  • Requisition ID: 154616

  • Employment Status: Full-Time

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Work Week: Days

  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 61,500

  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 77,000

  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 92,500

  • FLSA: exempt and not eligible for overtime pay

  • Fund Type: Hard

  • Work Location: Hybrid Onsite/Remote

  • Pivotal Position: No

  • Referral Bonus Available?: No

  • Relocation Assistance Available?: No

  • Science Jobs: No