This position specializes in helping families adjust to acute and ongoing medical stressors, providing psychiatric, psychological and psychosocial support for the inpatient,outpatient and emergency departments. These services include diagnostic evaluations, behavioral management of ill children, and work with children and families to help them with coordination of patient's care. This position also provides patients and families with practical coping strategies so that they can prevent or more effectively deal with the onset of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with their medical experience.
This is a part-time position but, flexible work hours may be necessary to facilitate involvement in special projects (camps and support groups). Must have the ability and desire to work in an on-call/PRN basis.
This position will work with children and families who are living in an at-risk situation, and predominantly low-income population.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Perform psychosocial screening and assessment of the family’s ability to meet their children's healthcare needs; obtain information from patients/families; based on assessment and as appropriate, diagnose, provide therapeutic interventions and make referrals as appropriate for families in crisis; and provide supportive counseling to aid adjustment to illness and hospitalization.
- Provide evaluation and treatment services to patients and families with complex psychosocial needs, independently or with supervision.
- Coordinate anticipatory discharge to ensure that patient's home-care is prearranged prior to leaving the hospital; and prepare and maintain required documentation for each patient/case.
- Assess children and adolescents for suitability for psychotherapy and when appropriate provide time limited clinical therapeutic services to hospital patient families as referred by hospital staff.
- Responsible for child abuse evaluation and referral; participate in psychosocial conferences and in crisis intervention; and supervise, instruct, and train graduate students in methods and procedures; check and approve work; and perform other duties, including administrative duties, and special projects as required.
- Provide supervision, training and instruction to social work department employees and interns on the provision of therapeutic services; facilitate monthly case presentations to social work department employees.
- Master’s Degree in Social Work is required.
Licenses & certifications
- Texas LMSW licensure is required.
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- The ability to communicate with others in a clear, understandable, and professional manner on the phone and in person; and the demonstrated use of superior written and verbal communication skills.
- The ability to interact effectively with peers, medical staff, patients/families, community groups, schools and other customers in a manner that represents Children’s positively.
- Demonstrated psycho-social assessment, treatment planning, advocacy skills and case management skills.
- Efficient time management skills, effective organizational skills and appropriate attention to detail; effective follow-through, and commitment to excellence.
- The ability to provide clear and accurate direction, and the ability to assign and review the work of others.
- The ability to function on an interdisciplinary treatment team are essential components of the position.
- The position demonstrates an understanding and sensitivity to serving a culturally diverse and/or special needs population.