Social Worker I
Cincinnati Children Hospital - Cincinnati, OH

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The Health Network by Cincinnati Children’s

is our vehicle to change the system of care: A community based network to deliver care, coordinate care and manage the health of children in our region, comprised of CCHMC facilities and physicians, in partnership with community pediatricians, federally qualified health centers, city clinics and other community providers.

The Social Worker will perform psychosocial assessment and intervention services for patients and families of a Medical Center dedicated to the care of infants, children, and adolescents, young adults and families in order to enable them to achieve their optimal level of health and well-being.

Participate on inter-disciplinary teams in the delivery of services and to maintain a liaison with the community to ensure continuity of care for patients.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES:
Psychosocial Assessment

  • Conduct a comprehensive psychosocial assessment of the patient/family’s health care needs to identify the strengths, challenges and opportunities. Evaluate patient/family/ caregiver safety concerns. Intervene appropriately to reduce risk. Report suspicions of abuse and neglect to legally mandated authorities for investigations. Utilize the psychosocial assessment to establish treatment intervention to be included in comprehensive plan of care.
Resource Management-

Partner with the patient/family/caregivers in obtaining financial assistance, community resources, or specialized equipment. Maintain fluent knowledge of internal and external resources. Provide real time accurate information to patient/family/caregiver for resources for which they are eligible. Provide condition-specific and related medical, financial, educational, and social supportive resource information.

Psychosocial Interventions-

Provide psychosocial services as identified in the patient’s comprehensive plan of care. Provides supportive counseling with the goal of improving emotional coping and adherence to the treatment plan. Collaborate with referral sources and health care team members. Education of the patient/family/caregiver and members of the health care team about treatment options. Provide self-management support to high risk/complex patients/families to increase their skills and confidence to manage their chronic care conditions at home. Provide groups and programs for special populations as needed. Provide anticipatory guidance and planning to reduce or eliminate psychosocial barriers to discharge. Coordinate and facilitate family centered care team meetings.Provide crisis assessment and interventions to patients/families/caregivers with the goal of restoring equilibrium.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration-

Working for system improvement, promoting patient/family/caregiver well-being. Identify and advocate for the needs of the patient/families/caregivers within the healthcare system and community. Act as a liaison between the patient/family/caregiver within the medical team and outside agencies. Act as the mediator as needed with in the medical team on behalf of the patient/family/caregiver. Empower the patient/family/caregiver to problem-solve by exploring options of care when available and alternative plans, when necessary, to achieve desired outcomes. Facilitate communication and coordination between members of the health care team while involving the patient/family/caregiver in the decision making process in order to minimize fragmentation of services.

Continuity of Care-

Partner with the patient, family, healthcare team in the safe transition of care to the next, most appropriate level.

Evaluation-

Evaluates effectiveness of social work interventions, and alter interventions based on results

.

Outcomes-

Evaluate efficacy, appropriateness, efficiency patient and family outcomes in relation to expected outcomes.

Professional Development-

Participates in professional growth opportunities. Educates healthcare professionals and or/students on the psychosocial aspects of patient care and the roles and functions of social work. Maintain current in the field through continuing education, literature and seminars and implement that knowledge into the specialty or division. Promotes a positive work environment. Attends staff meetings, supervisory conferences and in-service programs to develop professional skills

Data Management and Productivity-

Maintain patient records and statistics on patient contact according to division guidelines.

Department Representative-

Serve on committees and specialized task groups effecting the division, hospital and or community

Qualifications

REQUIRED SKILLS:
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Capable of relating to diverse age and demographic backgrounds. Professional knowledge and clinical ability to provide psychosocial services to pediatric patients and families. Demonstrate an independent work initiative,

problem solving skills

, sound judgement, diplomacy, and professional demeanor.

EDUCATION/WORK EXPERIENCE:
Required:
Master’s degree in Social Work and current LSW or LISW license with the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board.

Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board

Preferred:
Three years post-Master’s professional social work experience.

Case Manager certification or ability to sit for certification within 2 years of hire

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