The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for providing social work services to patients and their families, as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Social work interventions are focused on assessment, crisis stabilization, psycho-therapy, and discharge planning. At times, the social worker may provide service to different patient age groups, based on training and knowledge.
SPECIFIC ELEMENTS AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
Provides initial and ongoing psychosocial assessments for patients having complex psychosocial needs and/or medical complex diagnosis. Ensures patient is progressing towards desired outcomes and identifies barriers that hinder effective patient care. *
Collaborates with the health care team and develops treatment goals and plans intervention that assist the patient and family to resolve psychosocial concerns that may arise as a result of medical and psychiatric illnesses, engagement in high risk social behaviors (i.e. substance abuse), limited finances and/or physical disabilities.
Provides crisis and supportive counseling to enhance the patient’s and family’s problem solving and coping skills.
Participates in the therapeutic process by conducting psychotherapy group for patients as well as family sessions needed based off of assessment. *
* Collaborates with community agencies to provide services to assist with housing, financial, transportation, psychosocial, educational, home health needs of patients/families post discharge. Ensures every patient has discharge appointments set at discharge and discharge planning is started at admission.
* Documents social work assessments, treatment goals, interventions, progression and discharge plans in the patient’s medical record congruent with departmental policies.
* Maintains current knowledge of trends related to medical and psychiatric social work health care issues through attendance and active participation in continuing education and professional organizations.
Required – At least the equivalent of 2 years of experience, which can include a graduate level practicum (20 hours per week for 2 semesters or 40 hours per week for 3 months). Experience must be focused in the area of inpatient hospitalization or partial hospitalization.
Preferred – 2 years experience working directly with inpatient rehabilitation patients in addition to having medical social worker knowledge
Preferred – LCSW who is approved by the state of Virginia to do supervision for unlicensed, masters prepared social workers.