Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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Our Partner, located in Southern California is seeking a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), who will provide clinical social work services on the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in a manner consistent with the philosophy and objectives of LCM-SPH and the NASW. 
  • The Social Worker is responsible for psychosocial assessments. Participates in treatment team planning, processing commitments, discharge planning/case management service, crisis intervention, and liaison services with referral sources and other departments within the hospital's Health & Services and community.   
  • Patients to include adults 18 years or older. Designated as a Behavioral Health Clinician to perform 5150 evaluations.
  • All LCSWs must follow the guideline by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for LPS designation and keep their designation in current status.
DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide age-appropriate direct service intervention proactively and upon request to individual patients, couples, families and groups to include: Psychosocial assessments, short term psychotherapy, supportive therapy, and discharge planning and community resource referrals
  • Review charts and completes intervention with emphasis on identification of issues related to psychosocial assessment, treatment plan, intervention/referral and follow-up
  • Actively participates/facilitates patient care rounds/case conferences
  • Proactively identify unmet patient needs in area of service and initiates programs/services/in-services as needed
  • Consistently prioritize caseload by completing assigned work with minimal assistance
  • Knowledgeable and helpful in assisting patients with advanced directives. Keeps current on ethical issues in patient care
  • Proactively identify areas of unmet need in relation to patient rights and follows through with appropriate intervention
  • Maintain knowledge of policies related to clinical and organizational ethics as evidenced by “coaching” of staff and participation in Bioethics Committee and/or specified ethical issues
  • Recognize indicators of abuse and neglect; consistently follows mandatory reporting guidelines
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of reporting responsibilities and shares with healthcare team evidenced by providing employee in-services as the need is identified
  • Proactively participate in the Mary Potter Program for Human Dignity by referring all appropriate candidates
  • Collaborate with other department staff relative to shared cases in a timely manner
  • Attend the majority of staff meetings and participates in departmental functions
  • Communicate when unable to attend
  • Actively participate in hospital and community programs and committees pertinent to areas of service
  • Concentrate on area of assignment but maintains the flexibility to perform routine duties in any area of the hospital
  • Assist the department in special projects, as assigned
  • Assist with social work coverage within other areas of the ministry including inpatient, emergency department and post-acute care services.
  • Willingly accepts on-call and/or weekend assignments as requested or required by the department. (Refer to LCMSA “On-Call” Policy and Procedure) to include mobile PAT team during day on evenings and weekends. Travel throughout Little Company of Mary Service Area may be required
  • Documentation/Information Management:
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of the hospital Information System
  • Practice professional confidentiality and serves as a role model for others
  • Document appropriate information pertaining to the individual patient in a specific, accurate and thorough manner to allow for follow-up problem/resolution
  • Maintain proficiency in computer and written documentation as defined by department guidelines
  • Keep an updated personnel record per facility policy (i.e., PPD, Educational Record)
  • Leadership and Supervision:
  • Practice in a professional and knowledgeable manner
  • Serve as an internal and LCMSA resource for others regarding psychosocial issues in patient care
  • Act a role model and maintains a positive approach to change
  • Practice effective two-way communication
  • Provide referrals for psychosocial issues to healthcare team members (i.e., referrals to EAP)
  • Demonstrate the ability to make appropriate decisions within the scope of responsibility
  • Share valuable information with co-workers and peers
  • Development:
  • Complete mandatory continuing education requirements for relicensure, as appropriate, independently
  • Demonstrate interest in professional growth through attendance of workshops and seminars
  • Attend LCMSA in-services and other educational activities to maintain current knowledge of practice and technology that is utilized in the role
  • Provide in-services to others on the healthcare team (i.e., Speakers Bureau)
  • Provide orientation to new employees/students, as requested
  • Provide clinical consultation to staff/physicians regarding the psychosocial aspects of patient care, assisting others to improve their knowledge base
  • Set valuable and attainable annual objectives
  • Performance Improvement:
  • Uphold and strive to meet the Continuum/System goals and objectives - accepting change positively
  • Participate performance improvement in patient care related issues using the C.A.R.E. methodology
  • Identify issues, seeks resolution and ensures follow through
  • Seek assistance/input when needed from manager/director, as needed
Budgetary:
  • Utilize time and supplies wisely
  • Meet deadlines for assigned duties
  • Attend meetings on time
  • Is flexible within the department to assist others/provide coverage
  • May identify areas of potential savings
  • Adapt working hours to job requirements

Qualifications
 
Required qualifications for this position includes:
  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • LCSW licensure by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) 
  • Designated as a Behavioral Health Clinician to perform 5150 evaluations within 18 months of hire.  All LCSWs/LMFTs must follow the guideline by Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for LPS designation and keep their designation in current status
  • CPI certification (nonviolent crisis intervention training) within 1 year of hire
  • 2 years experience in healthcare related setting with psychiatric mental health patient population or within an emergency department working with psychiatric patients
  • Computer experience as needed for the job
  • Advanced communication skills to communicate effectively with patients, interdisciplinary team physicians and the community
  • Knowledgeable of case management, group leadership skills, age specific growth and development, crisis and behavior management, family therapy theory and practice, and community resources
  • Flexibility and strong self-motivation / organizational skills to prioritize work and make decisions with minimal supervision
  • Courteous and cooperative service-oriented demeanor
  • Computer literacy as needed for the job
  • Preferred qualifications for this position include:

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