SOCIAL WORKER II – TEMPORARY
RUSK STATE HOSPITAL
The Social Worker II performs advanced social work duties under the limited supervision of the Unit Social Work Supervisor and Unit Program Supervisor with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Serves as liaison between the patient, family members and outside community agencies and institutions. Works to encourage family/Continuity of Care (COC) participation in recovery and discharge planning meetings. Acts as a vital member of the psychiatric recovery team on the unit. Gathers and presents information regarding patients’ environmental factors, recidivism factors, educational needs and discharge/aftercare needs. Facilitates individual contact and group education sessions with mentally ill patients. Serves as an active member of social work/unit committees as assigned. Acts as a mentor to less experienced social workers on the unit. Must understand that duties, location of job assignment and shift pattern are subject to change as determined by the administration to meet the needs of the hospital.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Knowledge of principles, methods and practice of social work; of the functioning of the recovery team within the psychiatric facility; of community resources, genetic, psychological and environmental factors that contribute to mental illness; and knowledge of principles of patient and family interviewing and group facilitation techniques.
2. Ability to manage/organize multiple tasks of a caseload; advocate for patients’ needs, formulate social assessments, assess environmental/recidivism factors, communicate effectively and participate in assigned committee activities.
3. Ability to be trained on and conduct Treatment Intervention and Protection Strategies (TIPS) and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation)
Licensure as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.
Initial Selection Criteria:
Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) or Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from a school accredited by The Council on Social Work Education. Licensed as a LBSW, LMSW or LCSW by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.
Essential Functions: Attends work on a regular basis and may be required to work a specific shift schedule or, at times, even a rotating schedule, extended shift and/or overtime in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.
1. Fulfills caseload duties by providing social work services to chronically mentally ill patients in order to help patients achieve the goals and objectives of their recovery plan whereby inpatient care is no longer needed.
2. Facilitates and documents weekly individual community resource education and counseling sessions in order to aid the chronically mentally ill patient in understanding his/her psychiatric recovery needs in preparation for the community.
3. Fulfills clinical documentation requirements in order to accurately evaluate the patient’s progress in recovery, ongoing patient and family educational needs and discharge/aftercare needs.
4. Documents contact with the Continuity of Care (COC) located in the patient’s county of origin in order to solicit their involvement and level of care (LOC) in the patients’ ongoing treatment and discharge planning activities.
5. Assures that family contacts are established and maintained for each patient (giving consent) in a courteous/professional manner in order to ensure continuity of care and provide family education.
6. Attends and participates in scheduled recovery team meetings in order to provide social work assessment information, family and Continuity of Care’s (COC) input into the patient’s recovery planning process.
7. Serves as a mentor to less experienced social workers in order to help patients receive the highest possible level of social work services.
8. Attends assigned committee meetings in order to participate in achieving the goals of the facility.
Other duties as assigned include but are not limited to actively participating and/or serving in a supporting role to meet the agency’s obligations for disaster response and/or recovery or Continuity of Operations (COOP) activation. Such participation may require an alternate shift pattern assignment and/or location
(Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.