Job Description

Job Title: Social Worker - MSW
Job ID: 738502
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Flex
Hours: Monday - Friday, daylight
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC McKeesport
Department: MH Foundation
Location: 1500 Fifth Avenue, Mckeesport PA 15132

Description

Purpose:
The Social Worker - MSW 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:

  • Acts as a mentor to social work students and/or serves as a field instructor to MSW students.
  • Assist in the development and oversight of the Cancer Resource Center that will include a resource library and relocation of the Wig Room.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and administration of programs directed at patients and families by the JMD/Cancer Resource Center. Develop and communicate messaging within the hospital that identifies opportunities for new programs relevant to the JMD Cancer Resource Center.
  • Attend JMD hospital administration meetings and JMD Board of Director meetings as requested. Prepare monthly Directors report for the Board meeting.
  • Collaborate effectively with the healthcare team, patients and families and relevant community resources to develop and implement and individualized plan of care.
  • Communicate the JMD mission to other professionals working within UPMC McKeesport. Function as the liaison between the JMD Board, UPMC McKeesport administration and the Hillman Center Cancer Center staff. Develop a monthly program that advertises the services that the JMD has to offer to potential patients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Develop, in conjunction with the Board, a quarterly publication/newsletter concerning JMD events, services and cancer related topics.
  • 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.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of federal, state and local assistance programs and community resources that affect patient needs.
  • Provides accurate, timely and appropriate documentation of all social work interventions in the medical record per regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Represent the JMD at outreach events. Help the Board to identify outreach opportunities in the service area as well as the community based agencies/nonprofits.
  • Responsible for identifying potential funding sources and grant opportunities that assist in expanding the services of the JMD. Assist and participate in funding initiatives of the JMD Board as well as the JMD Supports.
  • 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.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - Current / active Social Work License required or successful pass of the social work licensing exam within 9 months of employment.
  • Older Adult Protective Services Act

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

 

Salary Range: $18.46 to $29.12

Union Position: No

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