As a member of a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for assessing and providing support and intervention for the social and emotional needs of patients and their families to promote continuity of care and services.
Work involves professional activities such as psycho-social assessment, mental health evaluation and referral, crisis intervention, environmental assistance, patient advocacy, after-care planning and others of similar scope and complexity, depending on the assigned work unit.
Performs assessment, evaluation and referrals, focusing on the psychosocial needs of the patient and family; facilitates family conferences as appropriate.
Identifies and communicates social, emotional and patient/family stressors to members of the care team as it relates to patient’s problems and plan of care.
Plans and coordinates interventions, provides counseling services based on specific department standards, identifies and facilitates safe discharge planning along the continuum, communicates plan to interdisciplinary patient care team and evaluates effectiveness of interventions for identified patients and families.
Advocates on behalf of patients and caregivers for service access, and for safety and rights including victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.
Promotes safety, quality and appropriate resource utilization.
Ensures compliance with state reporting requirements and appropriate documentation as identified by department policy and regulatory requirements/agencies.
Provides consultation to staff and physicians regarding reporting requirements.
Provides consultation and guidance to staff and physicians about patient psychosocial issues and needs.
Cultural Sensitivity and Competence: Demonstrates proper use of available communication tools/materials for effective communication and understands how the culture(s) of patient populations can affect communication, collaboration and the provision of care, treatment and services. Patient Populations Served: Demonstrates knowledge and proper skills associated with the department’s defined specific populations served.
Performs related duties as required.
Education/Work Experience Requirements:
Masters Degree in a behavioral health field (e.g. sociology, psychology, counseling, etc) required; MSW is preferred.
MSW required for the following departments:
Two years recent related work experience in the past three years, preferably in a healthcare setting.
Depending on the assigned work unit/service line, work experience in a specialized field may be required (i.e. Nephrology).
Current Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Current Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
Current Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW)
Current Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Eligible for Agency Affiliated Counselor which must be obtained prior to date of hire
Current Healthcare Provider BLS required for outpatient Nephrology clinics
State Driver’s License or other evidence of equivalent mobility may be required for certain positions.
Demonstrates a commitment to service, organization values and professionalism through appropriate conduct and demeanor at all times.
Adheres to and exhibits our core values:
Having a profound spirit of awe and respect for all creation, shaping relationships to self, to one another and to God and acknowledging that we hold in trust all that has been given to us.
Moral wholeness, soundness, uprightness, honesty and sincerity as a basis of trustworthiness.
Feeling with others, being one with others in their sorrows and joys, rooted in the sense of solidarity as members of the human community.
Outstanding achievement, merit, virtue; continually surpassing standards to achieve/maintain quality.
Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times.
Adheres to organizational and department specific safety standards and guidelines.
Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members.
Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with physicians, patients, residents, visitors, staff and the broader health care community.
Catholic Health Initiatives and its organizations are Equal Opportunity Employers
Licensed/Registered Medical Professionals (Non-Nursing)
WA-Tacoma-St Joseph Medical Center
Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period
Catholic Health Initiatives - 2 years ago
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