The Social Worker I performs complex social service work within a social learning matrix. The SW I assists in the delivery of the Social Learning/Diagnostic System, providing and receiving cross-discipline collateral supervision as directed by supervisor according to Social Learning principles. Serves as a liaison between patients and their families in obtaining assistance and rehabilitative treatment, and identifies patient needs through social assessments; treatment team collaboration, duties and meetings. Provides continuity of care functions and discharge planning with the patient, families, MHMRA’s and other agencies, as appropriate. Provides Didactic classes as determined appropriate through recognition of special competencies. The SW I works under limited supervision with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment and functions under the supervision of the Chief Social Worker III on the Program.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Completes Social Assessments and DRB Reports as needed, prepares Social History Updates, and identifies educational needs of patient and family. 30%
2. Provides discharge planning and continuity of care to patient through contacts with the patient’s family (if consented by patient), mental health authorities, and other providers. 25%
3. Actively participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team to promote a unified, effective team approach using the expertise of all team members in order to assure high quality patient care. 15%
4. Actively participates in psychiatric rehabilitation activities, through the Social Learning/Diagnostic System, to create a positive social learning environment for patients served. 10%
5. Conducts Didactic classes with assigned patients according to approved level of clinical expertise and the needs of the program. 10%
6. Actively participates and/or serves in a supporting role to meet the agency's obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. 5%
7. Provides staff coverage when required. 5%
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of mental illness and emotional components of physical illness; of rehabilitation methods; of casework principles; of community resources; and of the principles, methods, techniques, and practices of social work.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
- Skill in interviewing.
- Ability to communicate effectively
Licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners as a Social Worker (LBSW) or Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).
Out of state applicants must possess at least a Temporary Texas State License as an LBSW (good for six months) to be eligible for initial hire. Must obtain a Texas State License as an LBSW before expiration of the Temporary. Same requirement for an LMSW
Initial Selection Criteria:
Licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or a Licensed Bacelor Social Worker (LBSW) with at least one year of mental health experience. Prefer a Master's level as they may serve as a Treatment Team Coordinator.
This position serves as a staff social worker on the Adolescent Forensic Program and may serve as a Treatment Team Coordinator for an assigned unit.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview. REQ#220643
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services - 15 months ago