Social Worker LCSW-Ambulatory – Children’s Healthy Futures

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Carolinas HealthCare System is Atrium Health. Our mission remains the same: to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all. The name Atrium Health allows us to grow beyond our current walls and geographical borders to impact as many lives as possible and deliver solutions that help communities thrive. For more information, please visit atriumhealth.org/about-us.

Overview:
Provides comprehensive psychosocial services, assessment, diagnosis, evidence based treatment, case management and triage for patients, families, and caregivers in a multidisciplinary pediatric obesity treatment clinic.

Responsibilities:
• Provides biopsychosocial assessments, clinical behavioral health diagnoses, treatment planning, evidence-based clinical interventions, information, and referrals to community.
• Interviews the patient’s social support system to complete initial psychosocial evaluation and/or completes a psychosocial assessment for the patient.
• Provides brief psychotherapy, ongoing therapy and counseling, and education to the patient’s social support system. Assists in coping with stress related to obesity, chronic illness, family dysfunction, mental illness, and poverty.
• Identifies, plans, and coordinates aspects of care for the patient/family that require social work knowledge and skill.
• Develops, monitors, and revises a plan of care based on an assessment of patient/family needs, in collaboration with multidisciplinary team.
• Provides and assesses the effectiveness of patient/family education.
• Advocates for the patient and family throughout the care continuum.
• Maintains availability to the patient/family as a resource to facilitate communication among providers and to monitor services rendered.
• Provides clinical supervision to provisionally licensed social workers and/or mentors new social workers in the department.
• Serves as a resource to team members and physicians regarding emotional, social and psychosocial components of the patient�s illness and its effects on their social support system.
• Intervenes in crisis situations, appropriately and effectively applying crisis intervention theory and skills.
• Participates in the initiation, development, and maintenance of clinical pathways/protocols and other population-based programs, facilitating collaboration of multidisciplinary teams in the process.
• Analyzes and evaluates the effect of social work involvement on quality outcomes, fiscal parameters, customer satisfaction, and system operations and implements strategies to resolve the system, performance, and patient variances.
• Refers patients/family to external agencies/resources for treatment when appropriate.
• Gathers and interprets appropriate data from the medical record, physician reports, patient, and/or family as evidenced by documentation.
• Documents accurately, timely, and according to departmental policy.
• Participates, as appropriate, in clinical research and may provide local, national, and/or international presentations within a specified field.

Physical Requirements:
• Hearing (corrected) adequate for oral/aural communication with patients, team members, family, visitors, etc.
• Vision (corrected) adequate for reading.
• Intelligible speech and normal language/cognitive skills.
• Must be able to push patients in a wheelchair or stretchers.
• Lifting of patients, equipment or supplies will be required up to 20 pounds frequently and 50 pounds occasionally.
• Able to laterally transfer patients 100 pounds rarely.
• Sitting, standing, and walking required throughout the day.
• Sometimes requires climbing stairs, kneeling, twisting, bending; on occasion, crouching, crawling and reaching overhead.
• Work is in a fast-paced clinical environment.
• The work environment is primarily indoors.

Qualifications:
• Masters degree in Social Work from a CSWE approved graduate school required.
• 1-year of experience within the current department or 2 years of healthcare experience required for external candidates.
• License in Clinical Social Work in the state of NC and/or SC required; additional Certification preferred.
• Proof of membership in a professional organization required.
• Must have the ability to mentor/supervise new social workers as needed by the department.

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