Clinical social workers in Inpatient Psychiatry are vital members of the inpatient service. They provide evaluation and treatment to adults ranging in age from 18 to 60+ years who can derive maximum benefit from inpatient care across the spectrum of programs offered within the department. The diversity of the adult patient population served in addition to the treatment modalities utilized requires interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration.
Job-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides assessment, evaluation, treatment and/or referral of adult patients to outpatient services.
Collaborates with multidisciplinary team to define and provide the services needed by patients. Demonstrates a capacity to work collaboratively in a team setting, with an ability to listen to others, participate actively, and take appropriate responsibilities.
Offers treatment recommendations for specific diagnosis while educating the patient about illness and treatment options.
Contributes as a member of team in discussions of diagnosis and treatment. Shares problems and considers issues of acuity and risk.
Participates in the assignment of mental health and addictions care options based on clinical practice criteria.
Participates in the educational therapeutic groups relating to substance abuse, trauma, affective disorders, and medical illness.
Shares and participates in the knowledge acquisition process of new initiatives, policies and practice.
Maintains awareness of medical issues and/or problems of patients to ensure patients have preventative and secondary care.
Collaborates on cases through the sharing of assessments and framework of treatment empowering PCP group to improve interventions.
Collaborates with other caregivers, community agencies and family members as necessary to provide systemically informed, community-based treatment. Such collaboration may require participation in case review conferences and other meetings as needed.
Completes psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, termination notes, and other required paperwork thoroughly and on time.
Provides all necessary documentation in clients¿ medical charts in an effective, legible and timely fashion.
Participates in activities of the Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Social Work.
Participates in teaching and training activities including continuing education activities needed to maintain yearly licensing requirements.
With independent licensure, provides clinical supervision for clinical social workers and social work interns as needed.
Makes referrals to a variety of community agencies including DMH, DDS, and other appropriate agencies. Assists patients/clients with applications and with follow-up as appropriate.
Participates in the design and implementation of patient education and psycho-education programs for patients, families and others as necessary.
Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor, including providing evening social work coverage when assigned.
Education/Training: Masters degree, Social Work
Licensure: Current MA licensure as LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) considered with eligibility for licensure of LICSW within two years of LCSW.
Certifications: Same as above. When required, must be credentialed by the CHA Medical Staff for practice in relevant clinical practice areas.
Previous Experience: Minimum of two years post-Masters degree for LICSW preferably working in an inpatient psychiatry setting with a relevant population. Minimum of one year internship experience for LCSW working in an inpatient psychiatry setting with relevant population.
Cambridge Health Alliance - 15 months ago
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