The MSW provides social work services to patients and family as a part of the interdisciplinary care team. Addresses the psycho-social needs and concerns of the patient and their family in planning care, developing resources to meet patient and/or family needs, patient, family and community education. Participates in the development and implementation of appropriate measures of patient care quality and satisfaction.
. Participates in the development and implementation of appropriate measures of patient care quality and satisfaction.
Essential FunctionsAssesses for parenting risk and coordinates safe discharge plans with health care team and community agencies such as maternal child health programs, public health, CPS and social agencies. Provides counseling and resource assistance in the event of a perinatal death. Meets with patient planning adoption following delivery to confirm plan, provide emotional support and oversight to assure legal requirements are met. Determines level of risk to self or to others a grave disability, including need for voluntary vs. involuntary psychiatric and chemical dependency. If involuntary, contacts VOA to communicate significant clinical findings. Assess for need for involuntary intervention and contacts VOA to communicate significant clinical findings. Arranges for voluntary psychiatric hospitalization, statewide. Provide crisis intervention and counseling to reduce emotional, financial or interpersonal stressors. Responds to trauma codes and provides support and grief work as needed. Provides patient crisis intervention and counseling to reduce emotional, financial or interpersonal stressors. Develops/implements discharge plans with patients, their support system and payors to achieve a timely and safe discharge. Assesses for abuse/neglect, exploitation or abandonment and follows mandatory reporting guidelines. Assesses for suicide risks, chemical dependency and other behavioral health needs. Makes referrals to appropriate services. Encourages patient to express and document their end of life care values and wishes. Links patients with community resources based on needs, age appropriateness, cultural relevancy and eligibility criteria. Facilitates and/or participates in interdisciplinary care conferences for care planning and goal clarification. Suggests ethics committee and/or risk management consultion if ethical/legal dilemmas arise. Complies with all SVH Policies and Procedures. Performs other duties as assigned by Director.
EducationMaster of Social Work (MSW) degree required from an accredited program.
Experience/TrainingMinimum one (1) year of professional paid social work experience or graduate practicum placement in an applicable healthcare setting required. Experience may be required in palliative care, hospice, clinic and/or hospital setting.
License/CertificationCurrent Washington State Social Work licensure or must meet the requirements to become an Agency Affiliated Counselor upon hire required.
Other QualificationsExcellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to practice collaboratively. Must be able to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment characterized by frequent interruptions and competing priorities. Proven ability to intervene across a broad range of family, group and individual dynamics. Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to social work values and adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics and Standards of Cultural Competence in Social Work. Knowledge of health care regulations, laws, ethics and policies related to applicable healthcare setting. Knowledge of needs assessment, resource identification, acquisition and community resources. Experience in methods application, casework, supervision and training.