General Description: With limited supervision, provide therapeutic services to adult or children inpatients at OU Medical Medicine who are admitted to an inpatient medical unit and are in need of outpatient or inpatient mental health services.
Responsibilities listed in this section are core to the position. Inability to perform these responsibilities with or without an accommodation may result in disqualification from the position.
Provides social services to patients and their families for an assigned medical service or clinic.
Conducts therapeutic interviews of patients and/or family members to gather needed information.
Makes psychosocial assessments and relates findings to necessary hospital staff.
Counsels patients and other persons regarding mental health diseases, treatments, social or financial situations, emotional stress and/or other mental health/social problems.
Conducts suicide and violence safety assessments and provides crisis counseling to patients and families regarding suicide/violence risk, abuse or neglect, physical abuse, etc. and documents these sessions.
Provides services of crisis intervention for patients and families.
Acts as a liaison between patients/families and the hospital/clinic staff and other agencies.
Utilizes available information to evaluate the effectiveness of services provided in producing the desired outcomes and makes adjustments in patient care if indicated.
Assists in discharge planning, care coordination, and/or referrals to the community for ongoing services.
Assists the patient and family with mental health placement or resources when indicated.
Assists patients and families with adverse reactions or difficult adjustments to illness, treatment or changes in functional status.
Utilizes specialized interviewing and communication skills with mentally ill clients.
Acts as a patient advocate for issues related to informed decision making, end-of-life care, realistic goal setting and appropriate resolution of ethical dilemmas.
May prepare statistics concerning referrals, extended stay and other elements
May supervise students or newly hired employees
Performs other duties as assigned
Education: Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited school required.
Experience: 1 - 2 years of social work experience. Healthcare experience preferred.
Certifications/Registrations Required: Current LMSW from the Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers required, or higher. BLS certification required upon hire.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of the principles and practices of individual and group psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, social and psychological casework, of social and welfare resources available in the community and hospital, of current social and economic conditions, trends and problems. Analytical skills sufficiently strong to interpret situations and determine the appropriate course of action. Ability to explain technical data in a form understandable by patients, families and hospital staff. Good interpersonal and communication skills.
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