The Exercise Counselor will oversee the Weight Management Center clinical exercise assessments and follow-up sessions. This role will provide exercise services and teaching, metabolic and body composition testing, and related services in support of research studies performed by the Center.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
- Provides initial evaluation / orientation to the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center including how patient will benefit from the program. Presents program with enthusiasm and professionalism. Explains processes in layman’s terms and encourages patient.
- Schedules initial evaluation for new patients. Takes a brief medical history of the patient including current activity level.
- Conducts initial metabolic testing for patients using non-invasive routine testing measures, analyzes body composition and metabolic test results to prescribe exercise treatment recommendations. Summarizes test, reviews results, and notifies Center physician if test needs immediate attention.
- Formulates an exercise prescription based on accepted guidelines. Develops exercise protocol to be followed during exercise sessions.
- Provides Personal Trainer services when appropriate.
- Evaluates patient responses and provides feedback to the Weight Management Center team. Monitors heart rate, fitness level, body composition, and metabolic rate. Recognizes abnormal values and determines if follow-up is necessary.
- Communicates with patients as needed providing opportunity for patients to discuss problems or questions. Exhibits encouraging and supportive behavior, listening attentively and thoroughly, addressing patient concerns or issues. Anticipates problems and works actively to solve problems.
- Prepares instructions for each patient based on the patient's progress. Conducts interview with patients as they complete the program and reviews follow-up instructions. Follows-up with patients who have not attended on a regular basis.
- Follows-up with progress notes and when necessary contacts physicians by phone. Collects the results of patient evaluations and documents findings in patient charts. Consistently maintains complete and timely progress notes.
- Provides educational and instructional materials to clients and one-on-one teaching. Contributes to environment through one-on-one encouragement, positive reinforcing, constructive correction and emotional support.
- Conducts patient support groups as scheduled. Develops materials and information that are clinically sound and easy for patients to understand and apply.
- Counsels patients and/or family members regarding lifestyle changes and health problems.
- Prepares lectures and materials for special educational seminars for potential referring health care professionals and patients.
- Attends staff meetings and treatment team meetings to discuss patient care.
- Initiates new patient care ideas and implements ideas into practice.
- Participates in the education of students as needed. Coordinates training in area of expertise.
- Evaluates patient before, during, and after fitness testing. Decides if and when to begin test and when test should be stopped.
- Provides community health programs, screening, events, and newsletters to educate the public about fitness.
- Provides support and lectures as requested to community-based groups.
- Participates in health fairs as needed
- Is available to Center staff and members of community and the press to provide expertise in matters of fitness.
- Serves as a contributor to the Weight Management Center newsletter, including collecting articles, editing, proofreading, writing, and working with others to produce each issue. Initiates ideas for new features and innovative ways to present information.
B.S. in Exercise Physiology or related science, ASCM EP-C certification and experience working with special interest population required.
Master’s degree and related counseling experience desired.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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