Position Summary:??

The (Social Worker) is responsible for the completion of a bio psychosocial assessment/evaluation, provides treatment, therapy, psycho-education and/or counseling utilizing individual, family or group modalities as well as the development of a clinical discharge plan for continuing care. Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.??????
Essential Functions:

  1. Psychosocial assessments are complete and documented by the second working day from admission

  2. Social Work treatment plans and goals are documented by the second working day. Treatment plan updates are documented weekly.

  3. Assessment is completed through contacts with patient, family, OP providers, review with team, and review of record. Contacts all involved agencies within two business days of admission

  4. Assessment includes evaluation of living situation, family issues and support network, significant cultural factors, current stressors, level of functioning prior to admission, psych history, and d/c planning needs.

  5. Assessment, treatment plan and goals integrate information obtained and clinical observations. Treatment Plans are realistic for time frame of hospitalization, patient specific and goal-oriented. Obstacles to plans or outcomes are identified.

  6. Maintains current knowledge of patient's legal status and legal issues ensures appropriate documents are available in chart and filed in a timely manner.

  7. Screens all new assigned cases within one working days, to assess patients' living situation and identify potential disposition problems.

  8. Coordinates discharge planning with patient, family and outside agencies as necessary through individual and family meetings, telephone contacts and providers meetings. Maintains effective and consistent communication with OP providers and agencies.

  9. Coordinates aftercare planning with psychiatrist. Obtains assessment information from other team members and uses this information in determining an appropriate aftercare plan.

  10. Arranges discharge plan to coincide with readiness for discharge.

  11. Meets with patient regularly and involves patient in treatment and discharge planning.

  12. Identifies and uses resources appropriately

  13. Attends and is active participant in weekly scheduled multidisciplinary team meetings, as observed by the Social Work Coordinator. Provides input to team members regarding psychosocial problems, plan and goals, and discharge planning needs.Maintains effective communication with psychiatrist other team members.

  14. Is visible on unit, available and accessible to staff/patients. Responds to pages promptly. Maintains effective communication through verbal contact with psychiatrist and unit staff.

  15. Handles conflicts or problems in the team effectively and independently, or reports unresolved problems to the Coordinator in a timely manner. Continues to work to provide constructive solutions to problems or conflicts even after involving the Coordinator

  16. Responds promptly and appropriately to complaints, concerns, requests of customers (team, patient, family, UR, outside agencies).

  17. Makes early identification of families in need of intervention, support or education. Convenes family meetings as indicated, within time frame.

  18. Makes effective intervention and maintains good communication with family and support network.

  19. Rationale for and objectives of family/couples intervention is clear in treatment plan and progress notes.

  20. Attends regular supervision meetings with supervisor, takes initiative to reschedule meetings if necessary. Takes initiative in individual supervision to identify and study problem cases, review the delivery of casework services, and discuss inter-disciplinary team work.

  21. Attends and participates actively in in-service training opportunities.

  22. Attends continuing education programs in the community to enhance clinical skills

  23. Progress notes are documented every other day.

  24. Progress notes clearly and concisely document nature of social worker's contacts, discharge planning interventions, outcomes, and continued plans.

  25. Progress notes are problem oriented and related to treatment plan

  26. Conveys a positive attitude toward job duties and new ideas as monitored by the Coordinator. Assumes additional responsibilities as requested or assigned, and completes assigned tasks accurately and on time.

  27. Maintains a professional demeanor by adhering to published attendance standards; contacts supervisor relative to reason for absence and expected date of return in accord with department policy. Arrives at work punctually.

  28. Obtains and maintains license.

  29. Maintains patient and family confidentiality, and respects patients? rights. Adheres to the NASW professional code of ethics as noted by Coordinator.

  30. Participates in hospital performance improvement program. Participates in peer review.

  31. Notifies supervisor of potential problem cases. Keeps supervisor informed of treatment and discharge plans.

  32. Completes paperwork within time frame and in a thorough fashion.

Education/Experience/Licenses Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in Social Work/Counseling with appropriate licensure or license eligible

  • Provide clinical supervision to MSW, LCSW level Social Workers.
    Experience preferred working in an inpatient hospital or mental health setting.

  • Must possess knowledge and skills necessary to interact compassionately and appropriately with patients on a regular basis.

  • Strong assessment and treatment skills.

  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to set priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effective orally and in writing.

  • Exemplary professionalism with respect to confidentiality.

  • Strong interpersonal skills enabling effective team collaboration.

  • Demonstrates ability to understand the role of social worker in a complex, fast-paced inpatient environment.

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