Job Description

Job Title: Social Worker - MSW
Job ID: 738398
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: Inpatient Social Work
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Purpose:
The Social Worker is responsible for providing complete psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, individual, family, group, bereavement and end of life counseling, and timely and appropriate discharge planning based on known or anticipated needs.

Responsibilities:
  • Actively participates in multidisciplinary treatment teams to contribute to diagnostic and treatment plans developed for patient and family care. Consults as necessary with other members of the multidisciplinary team concerning therapeutic and patient care activities.
  • Acts as a mentor to social work students and/or serves as a field instructor to MSW students.
  • Collaborate effectively with the healthcare team, patients and families and relevant community resources to develop and implement and individualized plan of care.
  • Complete a psychosocial assessment that includes social, economic, cultural, age-related and behavioral factors, history of child, elder or domestic abuse, prior psychiatric or substance abuse treatment, family and social support systems and all other available resources as appropriate to the clinical situation.
  • Conducts clinical interviews of patients, families and significant others to obtain information on personal, social, emotional, medical and family history in order to complete social work assessments, comprehensively evaluate psychosocial needs, and implement effective treatment and discharge planning.
  • Continue to monitor and evaluate the plan of care, options and available services throughout the hospital stay to effectively meet the patient and family's need. Reassess the plan of care as status changes or at a minimum of every 3 days.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of reimbursement systems, the ability to educate patients and families regarding payer requirements / coverage for post-acute care services and the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of the patient to obtain authorizations for continued care as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional practice, maintaining respect for confidentiality and freedom of choice as outlined by the Code of Ethics by the National Association of Social Workers as well as the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, assess, counsel and effectively intervene with medically and psychosocially complex patients with the ability to understand complex dynamics related to the clinical situation.
  • Demonstrates expertise in accessing social systems by providing resource-specific information to patients and families, initiating contact with appropriate resources and facilitating the patient / family's ability to accept referrals.
  • Educate and advocate for patients and families to enhance their ability to make informed decisions regarding medical care, discharge planning, advance directives and end of life care including actively participating in the guardianship process when appropriate.
  • Formulates and executes appropriate discharge plans for patients by integrating information obtained through ongoing psychosocial assessment with knowledge of available treatment resources.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of federal, state and local assistance programs and community resources that affect patient needs.
  • Maintains patient records in compliance with all applicable standards.
  • May serve as field instructor for master's level social work students.
  • Provides accurate, timely and appropriate documentation of all social work interventions in the medical record per regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Provides psychotherapy, psycho-education, and crisis intervention to patients and families utilizing individual, family and/or group treatment modalities.
  • Successfully utilize therapeutic counseling methods such as crisis intervention, psychosocial support, brief goal-directed therapy, CISM and/or other appropriate therapeutic methods that may be appropriate to the clinical situation.

Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited School of Social Work required.
  • Prior experience working in an inpatient mental health environment preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Current / active Social Work License required or successful pass of the social work licensing exam within 9 months of employment.
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $20.07 to $32.88

Union Position: No

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