Social Worker (Behavioral Health)

St. John's Hospital

Job Description

Behavioral Health Services Inpatient Psychiatric Unit provides a wide breadth of experience for healthcare providers (nurses, nursing assistants, counselors, social workers, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, recreational therapists) interested in mental health.

Populations served
Adults with chronic mental illness experiencing an acute destabilization
Geriatric patients with psychiatric disorders or mental health crises
Geriatric patients with behavioral problems resulting from psychiatric symptoms/disorders
Adults in an emotional crisis, requiring a safe environment and active treatment to protect them from harming themselves or others
To provide psychosocial services, including counseling and consultation, with intent to improve social functioning, resolve crises, improve psychosocial functioning, mobilize community resources and develop a plan for continuing care. To contribute to multidisciplinary team treatment planning through behavioral health assessments. Works in a variety of clinical settings with patients, families and significant others under the direction of the physician, providing diagnostic group and individual counseling, and education relevant to good mental health practices. Communicates effectively with peers, physicians, families, referents, community agencies, conveying a knowledgeable and positive professional image. Completes progress notes, assessments, treatment and discharge plans in a timely and quality manner. Coordinates the functions of the multidisciplinary treatment team in assigning patients, conducting team meetings, keeping appropriate records and assuring continuity of care. Initiates discharge planning services which include screening, psychosocial assessment/social history, coordination of services, planning, implementation and follow-up. Works with community agencies to promote a continuum of care. Engages in efficient discharge and treatment planning in collaboration with other disciplines. Works in close conjunction with patient, family, employees, staff physicians, community agencies and referents. Demonstrates knowledge of referral/placement processes and available community resources. Evaluates and makes revisions to the discharge plan, as appropriate.

Responds to referrals on a timely basis through interdisciplinary collaboration. Serves as a resource person to other areas of the hospital for patients with psychiatric symptoms or in providing stress debriefing for staff. Provides psychiatric assessment and disposition recommendation for psychiatric patients in the Emergency Department. Provides Behavioral Health services to St. John's Hospital Product Lines as needed. Participates in continuing education activities, community meetings, committee work and quality assurance to promote program development. Participates in Social Services Department on-call services as determined by Case Management and Psychiatry needs.

Master's Degree in clinical psychology, social work, counseling, or related field preferred. Prefer two (2) years of clinical experience in hospital setting with emphasis on psychiatry and chemical dependency addictions. Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensure required. Demonstrates strong communication skills, including verbal, written, and interpersonal skills.

Employment Type

Full Time



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