The Director of Social Services is part of the Multi-disciplinary Team that treats the patient during hospitalization on the Psychiatric Unit. The Director of Social Services is responsible for the supervision and direction of department employees, directly supervising the unit counselor/social worker and the unit Activities/Recreational Therapists, and for all work performed by the department. The Director of Social Services assists the Director of Nursing in the creation, implementation and coordination of the programming aspects of the Psychiatric program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responsible, (both directly and by assignment), for the completion of psycho-social assessments and planning of patient care in conjunction with the physician-led Multi-disciplinary treatment team.
- Ensures documentation is placed on the patient chart to appropriately communicate patient status and Department of Social Services interventions.
- One-on-one counseling as indicated
- Group and family interventions
- Discharge planning
- Placement for all patients in the Psychiatric program.
- Responsible for continuity of patient care from the social services aspect of meeting the patient(s) needs while operating within the philosophy of the hospital and the Psychiatric program.
- Contribute to the comprehensive health care program of each patient and coordinates the direction of the Social Services Department.
- Responsible, with the unit Counselor and/or Social Worker, for providing guidance in the clinical aspects of the program and overall programmatic leadership of the staff on the Psychiatric unit.
- Participates and coordinates the involvement of the Social Services Department in the Public Relations aspect of the hospital
- Assisting in the Community Education and promotion of the services of the Psychiatric program to identify referral sources.
The above statements are only meant to be a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job related tasks other than those stated in this description.
- Graduate of an accredited Masters Level education program in Social Work; holding the license of Board Certified Social Worker.
- At least five years of related clinical experience, with at least two years of that being a supervisory role is required.
- Able to work under stressful situations.
- Possesses good oral and written communications skills.
- Is flexible and able to change with the needs of the patient and the program.
Please do not apply is you do not meet the qualifications.