Job Description

Job Title: Behavioral Health Therapist - CCP Monroeville Pediatric Associates
Job ID: 37251928
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Children's Community Pediatrics
Department: MPA White Oak
Location: 1220 Lincoln Way, White Oak PA 15131

Description

UPMC Children's Community Pediatrics is hiring a Regular Full-Time Behavioral Health Therapist to help support the CCP Monroeville Pediatric Associates White Oak and Monroeville offices. This position is based out of the White Oak office with regular weekly travel to the Monroeville office required. This position will be working daylight shift, Monday through Friday, with 1-2 weekday evening shifts required per month as needed.

Purpose:
The Behavioral Health Therapist 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. Provides consultation to staff on care planning and resources.

Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate effectively with the healthcare team, patients and families and relevant community resources to develop and implement and individualized plan of care.
  • Provides clinical supervision to social work colleagues looking to obtain a clinical social work license.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of federal, state and local assistance programs and community resources that affect patient needs.
  • 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.
  • Represents the discipline of social work on hospital, community or other committees of interest.
  • 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.
  • Provides accurate, timely and appropriate documentation of all social work interventions in the medical record per regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Develops population-specific clinical expertise in area of practice.
  • Provides a high level of clinical expertise, critical thinking and problem solving skills to situations in order to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Demonstrate 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.
  • Takes a leadership role in teaching, training or providing in-service education to both social work and non-social work staff within the organization as well as externally to other organizations or groups.
  • 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.
  • Acts as a mentor to social work students and/or serves as a field instructor to MSW students.
  • 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.

Qualifications

  • MSW degree from a CSWE accredited School of Social Work required.
  • 5 or more years of relevant clinical social work experience required.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Clinical Social Work Licensure OR Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

    Salary Range: $21.26 to $35.30 / hour

    Union Position: No

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