Clinical Social Worker Intake BH FT Days in Killeen, TX at Adventist Health System

Date Posted: 9/19/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Job Schedule
  • Location:
    Killeen, TX
  • Job Category
  • Date Posted:
  • Job ID:
  • Job Function
    Case Management
  • Travel
  • Shift
    1 - Day
  • AHS Zone
    1-Shared Services
  • Organization
    Metroplex Hospital

Job Description

Metroplex Health System

As a member of Adventist Health System, we believe that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. With each patient’s unique circumstances in mind, our multi-disciplinary care teams provide a vast array of services, combining state-of-the-art technology with a personal commitment to creating an exceptional patient experience.
Our team members also enjoy outstanding care in the form of comprehensive health benefits, a friendly, faith-based work environment, and plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.
Our multi-facility campus includes 148 acute-care beds at Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen, 60 psychiatric care beds in the nearby Metroplex Behavioral Health Center, and 25 beds at Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas. Through this Metroplex Health System, we offer a Women’s Center, Sleep Disorder Center, Endoscopy Center, Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, ICU, PCU, ED, imaging, surgery, home health services, and more.
  • Utilizes evidence based interventions to assist patients, families, and significant others in coping with the psychosocial aspects of illness and its treatment.
  • Develops discharge plans in collaboration with physicians, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists, administrators, educators, community agencies and others. Develops discharge plans that provide continuity of care based on the individual patient’s needs within 24-48 hours after admission.
  • Consults with physicians, patient, hospital staff, family members or significant others in a timely manner to facilitate resolution of identified barriers to treatment progress to ensure the continuity of care.
  • Maintains pertinent records of social work intervention, assessment, diagnostic impression and treatment for use in compiling accurate statistics.
  • Documents social work intervention in the medical record that reflects the current findings and status of the intervention at the time of the intervention.
  • Makes referrals to Federal, state, county and community agencies in a timely manner. Develops working relationship with agencies to ensure appropriate service delivery to patients.
  • Assesses patient for behavioral health needs as needed. Provides referrals for behavioral services as needed. Provides provisional diagnoses for mental health issues according to the DSM-V as needed.
  • Participates in daily multidisciplinary discharge planning meetings.
  • Provides referrals or consults with additional team members when identification of issues needs to be attended by the treatment team.
  • Articulates social issues during multidisciplinary meetings. Participates in and contributes to quarterly Ethics Committee.
  • Maintains up-to-date records on concurrent review patients.
  • Maintains effective communication techniques with physicians and staff members.
  • Knowledgeable of current Federal, state and other regulatory agencies in the areas of quality, performance, utilization and patient care.
  • Identifies opportunities for expeditious discharge planning and evaluates the patients’ and families receptiveness to a plan.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with parents when attempting to assess, diagnose, and treat infants and children. Ability to identify and discuss suspected and/or established abuse and neglect with parents.
  • Reports suspected abuse and neglect to Child Protective Services.
  • Exhibits empathy and acceptance of adolescent mood variance and attempts at independence.
  • Identifies social problems and financial limitations in patients that may contribute to discharge and treatment problems. Identifies and provides info about community resources from which patients may benefit.
  • Assist patient by providing information on, and completing when necessary, advance directive. Possess the ability to discuss end of life and geriatric assistance needs with patients.
  • Ability to recognize, identify, and communicate potential abuse and neglect issues with patients and family members. Effectively communicate with Adult Protective Services to ensure continuum of care during and after hospital discharge.
  • Communicates discharge planning options and assesses needs for long term care facilities. Advocates for the patient’s right to self-determination regarding treatment plans.
  • Provides education about discharge options and explores options with patients and members of patient’s care system. Identifies community resources that the patient may benefit from and communicates options with patients and families.
  • Maintains current Texas social work license and completes continuing education unit accordingly.
  • Remains current in BLS certification as required.
  • Develop and maintain internal and external contacts that enhance effective relationships for the hospital. Develops a working relationship with community organizations to establish maximum resources available to patients.
  • Attend conferences/workshops pertaining to departmental activities. Communicate effectively with team members of the Behavioral Health Center.
  • Compile timely resources and literature pertaining to departmental activities.
  • Maintain knowledge of current federal and state regulations and JCAHO standards.
  • Participate in hospital and community based activities as the representative of the BHC of Metroplex Hospital.
  • Initiates projects to improve the performance of the department and the care provided to patients.
  • Works independently by using critical thinking and creativity to incorporate evidence based social work frameworks.
  • Collaborates with other community agencies and organizations to improve knowledge and awareness of resources and services.
What you will need:
  • Requires graduation from an accredited Master’s Degree program in social work, counseling or a related field, and appropriate licensure as required by state law. 
  • MSW degree and LMSW
  • Requires knowledge of the principles, laws, and practices of social work in a psychiatric hospital setting.
  • LMSW, LCSW and the ability to complete and maintain certification in Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) behavioral patient management course required.
  • BLS required from the AHA
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills for effective clinical interventions with individuals, families, couples and groups.
  • Knowledgeable in developing appropriate discharge plans that provide continuity of care based on the individual patient’s needs in collaboration with multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledgeable about community services and the ability to make appropriate referrals as needed.
  • Knowledgeable about adequate safeguards for the private nature of the treatment relationship.
  • Ability to provide culturally competent service delivery in accordance with the NASW Standards for Cultural competencies in Social Work Practice. 
  • LCSW license preferred
  • At least two (2) years of experience as a clinical social worker in a psychiatric hospital setting is preferred. Experience should include individual, group, and family therapy and discharge planning in an acute care psychiatric setting preffered.         

This facility is an equal opportunity employer and complies with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, regulations and ordinances.


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