Social Worker (LCSW-C) / UMMC (per diem)

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Job ID: 42770
Area of Interest: Professionals
Location: Baltimore, MD US
Hours of Work: As need
Job Facility: University of Maryland Medical Center
Employment Type: Not Indicated
Shift: DAY
What You Will Do:

The University of Maryland Medical Center is currently seeking a  Social Worker II  (LCSW and/or LCSW) to join our Social Work team within the main campus hospital in Baltimore, MD.

This is a per diem (as needed) position

  • The Social Worker is a vital part of the Neurology and University Health Center clinic teams.
  • The social worker provides support for several initiatives including care coordination to prevent hospital readmissions and ED revisits, including follow up of the high risk patients from time of inpatient discharge as the patient transitions to outpatient.
  • You play a critical role in providing evaluation and intervention regarding psycho-social needs of the patient and family, from community resources to ensuring no gaps in services.
  • As a vital part of the team, you will be providing outpatient services to a diverse patient population of the general neurology and medicine, including sub-specialities as in epilepsy, stroke, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis, GI, nephrology, rheumatology, etc

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks 

1. Assesses the patient's psychosocial situation in relation to the medical and psychiatric needs and plans appropriate interventions and treatment goals to improve patient/family functioning, in accordance with departmental policies and procedures and generally accepted clinical social work practices. A. Interviews patients, family members, and/or significant others identified through case finding or referral to assess needs for social work services. B. Reviews patient chart and nursing care plans for pertinent medical care or nursing care information. 

2. Provides family counseling and other clinical services to patients, such as, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral approaches, task-centered treatment and crisis intervention based on assessed needs using individual, family, or group modalities in accordance with departmental policies and procedures and generally accepted clinical social work practices. A. Provides preventive, protective, or supportive services to patients who are in or who are threatened by situations detrimental to their well-being. B. Collaborates with the health care team regarding in-hospital needs and post-hospital care. C. Interprets psycho-social services programs and procedures to client, staff and community organizations. 

3. Coordinates and maintains a viable discharge planning program for the assigned service area to identify patient needs and plan for appropriate after-care services. A. Ensures continuity of care through comprehensive and appropriate discharge planning with patient, family, and/or significant others. 

4. Documents appropriate data from psycho-social assessments, individual contacts, family interventions and discharge planning according to department policy and procedures and State, Federal, and Joint Commission stipulated requirements. 

5. Maintains confidentiality in accordance with hospital and departmental policy and professional standards. May accompany patients to obtain benefits, entitlement or other services.  Participates in cross coverage and on-call coverage when needed. 

6. Develops a social service network with city, state or other governmental services that serve the needs of the assigned patient population, to assist patients in obtaining such services as, food stamps and other financial supports and assistance in obtaining transitional housing. 

7. Participates in departmental meetings and activities. Participates in and may hold leadership positions on departmental and hospital committees. 

8. Evaluates psycho-social services program objectives and results and participates in program planning and improvement in accordance with the mission of the hospital and department. A. Prepares and submits statistical information according to departmental policy on "reporting and recording" for continuity of care.

9. Demonstrates a commitment to professional development through participation in relevant in-service and continuing educational programs. A. Actively examines clinical practice and seeks self-improvement through use of supervision, peer consultation, or other methods to develop therapeutic knowledge and skills. B. Participates in the training and education of allied health professionals in the hospital and/or in the community. C. Participate in the clinical teaching and instruction of undergraduate or graduate social work interns in the field of practice. 

What You Need to Be Successful:

  1. Master’s Degree in Social Work and 2 years applicable social work experience is required.
  2. Maryland state Social Work licensure and credentials as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW and/or LCSW-C) is required.
  3. Applicants licensed at an equivalent level in another state may work for up to 6 months while Maryland licensure is pending. Proof of application for licensure at the LCSW or LCSW-C level is required in these instances.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 
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