The LCSWA will provide the patient with professional interactions, utilizing psychotherapy and supportive collaboration for patients in the adult population (18-72 years) and geriatric (72 + years) with primary mental health disorder or comorbid diagnosis admitted to the Behavioral Health Hospital. The LCSW is responsible for the collaboration with the individual, family, physician, interdisciplinary team, and community agencies to enhance and maintain psychosocial functioning, management skills, and personal resources in order to promote positive behavioral health outcomes.
1. Conducts comprehensive psychosocial assessments with high risk populations to enhance the plan of care, provide appropriate interventions, and recommendations for follow-up care and services.
2. Provides psychotherapy and crisis intervention/counseling as an immediate support to patients, families and significant others, coping with difficult situations within the acute psychiatric care setting, as well as a preventative intervention to assist patients and families in improving functional problem solving.
3. Develops, organizes, and implements individual/group methods and when clinically indicated, provides counseling/therapy for individuals and families. Provides and facilitates educational and/or process groups with specific populations in areas of the acute psychiatric care setting as needed (i.e., newly diagnosed mental health disorder or comorbid disorder, coping with traumatic life events, diagnosis management)
4. Practices within the strength-based perspective to identify patient and family strengths and assist patients in building on these strengths to empower them to work toward positive change. Will also use additional evidenced-based proactive therapeutic paradigms that bolster the medical model of care (i.e. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing).
5. Will possess strong theoretical framework and concordant skills as to display competency and familiarity of such therapeutic interventions. Execute a thorough evaluation of patient’s home environment, social/collateral supports, and community for the purpose of securing and cultivating a plan for patient’s safety beyond the acute psychiatric setting.
6. Assumes level of “expert” knowledge of community resources and facilitates connecting patient/families with needed services. Facilitates referrals for patients to support their mental and health care needs, connecting them with community resources and supportive agencies. In addition, provides collaborative interagency efforts and meetings for the purpose of obtaining/enhancing comprehensive care.
7. Conducts patient, couples sessions, and family meetings to discuss various options for next level-of-care including establishing a home support system or alternative living placement plan, which is realistic in relation to the patient’s present and potential function, emotional, and developmental capabilities and is attainable in relation to resources available (i.e., elderly, homeless)
8. Assess patient self-disclosure and assist patients and/or their families in addressing issues and concerns relating to domestic violence or abusive relationships, which includes facilitating referral of therapeutic services and emergency housing/placement to empower safety and promote the NASW value of dignity and self-worth.
9. Behavioral Health Hospital Liaison to assist the Department of Social Services with protective services to spearhead mandated reports of all populations.
10. Assists the attending psychiatrist with a bio-psycho-social-spiritual assessment, completed within the first 48 hours of admission to BHH, for the purpose of aligning holistic treatment approaches that coincide with history and physical obtained by the attending psychiatrist. Will coordinate multi-disciplinary treatment team meetings with attending psychiatrist as scheduled. Facilitates completion of all PASRR’s in NC Must Electronic System for patients seeking ALF, ACH, and SNF placement per State guidelines. Acts as liaison with DHHS PASRR evaluator for face-to-face evaluation of patients. Will utilize ProviderLink to disseminate referrals to available facilities in a timely manner.
11. Interactions at all times, with all team members, will be on a professional level. . Maintains the ethical standards of NASW Code of Ethics.
12. Maintains and sustains LCSW licensure or Associate consistently through the North Carolina Social Work Licensing Board (NCSWLB).
13. Acts as an advocate for the patient to ensure their needs are met and their rights protected. Attends collaborative meetings/sessions to promote the enhancement of care for the Behavioral Health Hospital patient’s served.
14. Will be responsible for coordination of services with attending psychiatrists, other social workers, RNs, psychologists, etc.; on all levels.
15. Organizes and performs work effectively and efficiently. Will demonstrate concise and succinct documentation in Epic.
16. Maintains and adjusts schedule to enhance team performance.
17. Utilizes critical thinking skills to achieve therapeutic rapport, to procure positive outcomes and enhance patient’s autonomy and independence.
* Licnsed Clinical Soc Wkr Assoc
* Masters of Social Worker
Experience: Graduate of an Accredited School of Social work with a current License
Must be an LCSWA upon hire - Completion of required hours of supervision must be finished within 2 years of hire at NHRMC to remain employed in Behavioral Health Services Demonstrates standards of performance (ownership, teamwork, communication, compassion) that support patient satisfaction and principles of service excellence.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Individual will possess commensurate combination of education, experience and qualifications.