The Clinical Social Worker I is a practitioner who is an active and integral part of the Behavioral Health team. The primary role is to help patients, families and significant others access resources in order to function as least restrictively as possible. The Social Worker communicates effectively to patients, family members and members of the treatment team. A psychosocial assessment will be completed by the Social Worker on all patients admitted to the unit in a timely manner. All mandated reporting will be completed. The Social Worker may be responsible in coordinating special projects and programs. The Social Worker reports to the Coordinator of Social Services and supervises no other staff. The Behavioral Health Services Social Worker works with the adult patient population and their families and significant others.
Major Position Responsibilities:
- Provides and implements discharge planning services to a varied population including high-risk patients.
- Performs therapeutic interventions in assisting patients and families in accepting and adjusting to their illness and course of treatment.
- Conducts group therapy on both the Main Unit and PICU.
- Responsible for mandated reporting laws which include but may not be limited to APS, CPS, Domestic Violence, Violent Injury, and assist staff with 5150 and Tara off reporting.
- Provides crisis intervention and supportive counseling during hospitalization.
- Works closely with Case Managers and outside agencies with discharge planning.
- Assesses and utilizes appropriate community resources to transition patient to the community.
- Provides education to the patient/family regarding:
- Impact of psychosocial stressors on health and recovery and how to decrease negative impact and increase positive outcomes.
- Utilization of support systems and community resources to maximize and/or support positive therapeutic outcomes.
- Provides education to staff, both formally and informally regarding psychosocial issues as they relate to patient outcome as well as community resources to assist with post discharge care.
- Completes psychosocial evaluation on all patients admitted to the unit.
- Communicates clinical assessment information appropriately via progress notes, verbal exchanges with nursing, physicians and other healthcare professionals.
- Works on individual clinical projects as assigned.
- Assures the privacy, dignity, confidentiality and LPS Regulations with all patients and their support system.
- Demonstrates awareness of hospital and department policies assures compliance with and uses these as a basis for decision making for clinical issues.
- Participates in unit and hospital wide performance improvement.
- Demonstrates flexibility regarding staffing patterns and resolution of conflicts related to staffing decisions.
- Demonstrates awareness of self-learning needs and seeks ways to meet these in order to maintain current competency and respond to new clinical demands.
- Develops and maintains effective communication mechanisms with staff, physicians, patients/families and other departments.
- Demonstrates independent and effective clinical decision making ability via problem identification/solving skills.
- Performs efficiently in emergency situations following established policies and procedures, informing appropriate persons and documenting events.
- Attends monthly staff meetings.
- Attends Weekly Treatment Planning Meetings.
- Attends Patient Rounds Meeting.
- Attends any community meetings as appropriate.
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
- Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.
Qualifications: ESSENTIAL COMPETENCIES, KNOWLEDGE, & EXPERIENCE
- Demonstrates a good working knowledge of the principles and practice of social work.
- Must be knowledgeable of Erikson’s developmental stages and age specific behaviors.
- Ability to utilize a variety of casework and discharge planning skills with individuals, families, groups and systems.
- Must adhere to the National Association of Social Worker’s Code of Ethics.
- Ability to communicate effectively in both written and verbal form.
- Hospital wide and unit specific competencies
- Bachelors Degree from an accredited school, required
- LMFT or LCSW, preferred.
- Current driver’s license and current automobile insurance, required (Home Health Department only).
- Current Basic Life Support card required.
- NVCI within 90 days of hire or transfer, required (Behavioral Health Department only).
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.