Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Schedule: Part Time, 20 hours
This position will be 100% within the Behavioral Health team in the Department of Pediatrics. The position will be joint social worker and family partner and be 100% in the Teen and Tot clinic in the adolescent clinic which provides ongoing therapy and support to Pregnant and Parenting adolescent and young adults. This position has been grant funded since 2001 by the Boston Public Health Commission's Healthy Start Initiative (BHSI) , recycling every 5 year. We are now with funding guaranteed for 5 year-( we are now starting year 3 of 5)- a federally funded program designed to improve health outcomes before, during and after pregnancy and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes on Boston. The goals of BHSI align with the mission of the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to eliminate health inequities among Boston residents. We plan on achieving these aims through the following approaches: Improve women's and child health, family health and wellness, promote system change and ensure impact and effectiveness.
The Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) team provides assessment/diagnosis, crisis intervention, and short term therapy to primary care patients of the BMC Pediatric and Adolescent clinic. The IBH social workers collaborate closely with medical providers, the department of psychiatry, and external collaterals to ensure that patients receive the appropriate level of behavioral health care. Coverage entails a combination of both in the moment response to clinic as well as scheduled patients. This will be 100% of this position. At this time services are being provided both in person and via telehealth.
The Teen and Tot program provides multi-disciplinary care for pregnant and parenting to adolescent and young adult patients of BMC. Primary therapy modality will be short term individual therapy, but this position will also be involved in developing and piloting family consultation and group interventions as appropriate. At this time services are being provided both in person and via telehealth.
- Assesses patient and family to ascertain those emotional and social problems. Utilizes the department's psychosocial assessment tool as a guideline.
- Identifies those issues which must be addressed during the patient's care, and formulates plan.
- Reports any and all suspected cases of abuse and neglect and follows up to ensure patient receives timely comprehensive consultations and compliance with legal mandates.
- Identifies need to involve patient's family through the initial assessment process and attempts contact on same day, if indicated.
- Consults and collaborates with healthcare team members to insure that patient's emotional and social needs are addressed.
- Provides for psychotherapeutic treatment and/or psychosocial support to patient and family to reduce the impact of identified problems.
- Utilizes Social Work technique and theory to assist patient and family in coping with illness or social problem to achieve improved functioning and emotional state.
- Provides case management, advocacy and outreach on behalf of patients and their families.
- Screens and assesses patients for needs regarding social determinants of health.
- health education, and both clinical and community referrals, to BHSI enrolled women and work with Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) to optimize;
- Completes biopsychosocial assessments and other specialized trauma assessments.
- Provides trauma informed, strengths-based interventions on behalf of patients and families.
- Provides crisis assessments, interventions and problem-solving support as needed.
- Works with patients when they are in outpatient clinic, and co-manage with in-house Social when admitted to the hospital for delivery and postpartum.
- May provide home visiting and case management services accompanying the community wellness advocate
- Maintains patient confidentiality according to hospital policy. Practices professional discretion when determining the inclusion of any patient information into medical record or department clinical record notes.
- Notes in medical record the exclusion of critical patient information and its availability.
- Documents each patient encounter in the medical record or the Department clinical record concurrently according to Department policies. Specifically, documents ongoing treatment work in the Department clinic records. Each recording shall include date, time, title and signature.
- Complies with departmental, regulatory and professional requirements for documentation recording, and data collection.
- Maintains competency in areas of responsibility to ensure quality care.
- Attends scheduled staff meetings and in-service education program offerings with punctuality and consistency.
- Obtains continuing education units necessary to maintain licensure.
- Assists management in the operation of a quality department by participating in department programs and complying with department policies and procedures.
- Supports graduate and undergraduate training programs by supervising MSW and BSW students (per assignment).
- Identifies weaknesses in operation and recommends improvements.
- Works diligently on department committees, per Director's appointments.
- Represents department throughout hospital and outside community regarding department's practice and field of social work.
- Regularly maintains work area and equipment in a neat and orderly manner; assists in the cleaning and organizing of department on own initiative and reports any malfunctioning equipment as observed by supervisor.
- Maintains a complete understanding of emergency procedures.
- Conforms to hospital standards of conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.
- Notifies supervisor when patients in age group not regularly served are present, and seeks assistance from individuals with the knowledge of the specialized needs of such patient age groups.
- Support and/or coordinate new program developments or services related to the mission of BMC
- Provide task supervision, leadership, and support to staff as assigned.
- Lead one or more committees such as bereavement, in-service training, ethics, trauma, etc.
- Performs other duties as needed.
- Utilizes hospital's behavioral standards as the basis for decision making and to facilitate the hospital's mission.
- Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures.
Requires Master's Degree from an accredited school of Social Work
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Requires a Massachusetts license as a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Knowledge about trauma and experience providing trauma-informed care required.
- Crisis experience strongly preferred.
- Previous experience in hospital or healthcare setting preferred.
- Excellent English language skills to summarize and communicate orally and in writing moderately complex information in varied formats to internal and external customers.
- Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of racial and ethnic populations. Cultural competence is very important. Bicultural/Bilingual competency a plus.
- Computer literacy with ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheet programs and e-mail (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Outlook) and web browsers.
- Must be comfortable in a fast paced and dynamic work environment
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