SOCIAL WORKER III – TEMPORARY
RUSK STATE HOSPITAL
The Social Worker III supervisor performs advanced social work duties under the limited supervision of the Program Supervisor V and clinical supervision of the Manager I with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Functions as a unit Social Worker for a small caseload and provides clinical supervision to other social workers on assigned unit. Serves as liaison between the patient, family members and outside community agencies and institutions. Works to encourage family/continuity of care 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 patient’s environmental factors, recidivism factors, educational needs and discharge/aftercare needs. Facilitates individual contact and group educational sessions with forensic 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. Failure to perform duties in a competent manner could negatively impact social workers on the entire 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; 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 patient’s needs, formulate social assessments, assess environmental/recidivism factors, communicate effectively and participate in assigned committee activities.
3. Physical ability to perform Treatment Intervention and Preventative Strategies (TIPS) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
4. Skills providing social work services for patients diagnosed with chronic mental illness.
5. Knowledge of Joint Commission.
Licensed 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:
1. Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) or Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from a school accredited by The Council on Social Work Education.
2. Licensed as a LBSW, LMSW or LCSW by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.
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 forensic patients on Maximum Security Unit in order to help patients achieve the goals and objectives of their recovery plans whereby inpatient care is no longer needed.
2. Facilitates and documents weekly individual group and counseling notes in order to aid the patients in understanding their 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. Document contact with the Continuity of Care Worker (COC) located in the patient’s county of origin in order to solicit their involvement/level of care (LOC) in the patient’s ongoing recovery 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 COC’s input into the patient’s recovery planning process.
7. Supervises and trains social workers in professional standards and task accomplishments to ensure quality of services to patients and of documentation requirements. Audits assigned unit social service documentation and institutes corrective action when required in order to maintain standards of compliance.
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.
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