Under the supervision of the program Assistant Director, the Social Worker works with an integrated team approach in providing clinical counseling for Individual and Family Services (IFS) clients. The SW works with individuals 65+ in their homes to develop individualized treatment plans, complete bio-psychosocial assessments, and provide appropriate therapeutic interventions. Therapy may be provided to individuals, couples, and families (all who include a individual 65+). Services are mainly provided in the individual’s home; some may be provided at the office if deemed appropriate. The Social Worker will also plan and facilitate regularly scheduled group therapy programs at our Brodsky Center and possibly the Northeast office location. This will be done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duties and Responsibilities
- The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for bio-psychosocial assessments, individual, group and family therapy, participation in treatment team planning, and discharge planning/case management service, and liaison services with referral and community sources.
- Coordinates and provides supportive counseling and care management services for IFS clients both through direct services in the client’s home and in the office.
- Conducts comprehensive assessment of clients’ needs and assesses their goals to develop mutually agreed upon treatment/care plans.
- Collaborates with community resources (job coach, housing) and assists clients in daily life skills to help them function on as high a level as possible.
- Maintains knowledge of a broad variety of community resources and refers clients when appropriate to support their treatment goals.
- Prepares and documents accurate and timely records including clinical and progress notes, and billing information in compliance with department documentation guidelines and expectations and external regulatory policies.
- Participates in team conferences, peer supervisory sessions, and other meetings related to special needs and care management issues.
- Assists in facilitation of monthly cultural and educational outings for individuals with special needs.
- Other duties as assigned by Care Management Team Leader.
- Knowledge of public benefits and general community resources
- A high level of communication skills both written and verbal.
- Ability to manage and prioritize multiple assignments.
- Demonstrate a professional demeanor no matter what the situation; must be able to meet and interact professionally, patiently and courteously with a diverse population of clients and families.
- Ability to work independently—can follow up and follow through.
- Must be able to exercise independent judgment in an area for which procedures cannot be standardized.
- Ability to recognize implied problems underlying initial statements of need and to ask questions appropriate to gathering more information to better serve the client and the agency.
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to participate as a contributing team member of the department.
- Ability to work as a team member with other clinicians and care managers to ensure best service to clients.
- Ability to establish good working relations with other professional both internally and in the community.
- Flexibility and the ability to adapt to changes in schedule and assignments.
- Demonstrates initiative in contributing to the development of the department’s programs and services as well as his/her own professional development.
- MSW required along with LCSW, may consider without LCSW at hire, but is required within three months of hire.
- Two to three years direct service experience required
- Has an understanding of best practices and knowledge to assess and implement appropriate therapeutic interventions including, but not limited to: DBT, CBT, MI, Crisis De-Escalation, and TIC.
- Has the ability to appropriately assess an individual in crisis to determine if a higher level of care is needed, can include psychiatric emergencies that may lead to hospitalization.
- Proficient user of technology (smart phone/tablet/laptop) and experience using MS Office applications required
- EHR/EMR database experience a plus
- Must see a minimum of 15 clients per week.
- May host groups that run beyond normal business hours (schedule will be adjusted accordingly).
- Employee must be physically able to negotiate stairs, doorways and entrances to client's home.
- Employee must be able to operate and drive their own car to travel to client’s residences.
- Employee must have a safe driving record on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which the employee is licensed to drive. Employee must provide a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance. In addition, employee must provide security clearances free of any citations.
- Employee must pass all necessary criminal and/or background checks.