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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Company: Valley Healthcare System
Location: Columbus
Posted on: January 27, 2023

Job Description:

Description: Summary: Under general supervision, assesses, screens and counsels consumers in a variety of program areas to enhance, meet or restore a patient's/client's/consumer's functioning capacity. Develops or participates in development of care plans. Provides case management/case coordination services to consumers Provides counseling/therapy to consumers requiring complex intervention, including those who are homicidal, suicidal or exhibit life-threatening behaviors; determines necessity for involuntary commitment; may execute orders of involuntary commitment; provides clinical training to professional social services staff; performs assessments for court depositions, legal proceedings and eligibility determinations. May supervise para-professional level staff. Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is required. Duties and Responsibilities: A. Assembles information, screens referrals and applicants for eligibility, and assigns service priority. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Has knowledge of the clinical/service needs of the following population(s): Adult MH MR/DD SA Youth MH MR/DD SA 2. Screens referrals and applicants within an established period based upon level of need (emergent, urgent, routine) to determine eligibility and appropriateness for services. 3. Accurately assembles medical, psychosocial and financial information necessary to process admissions/referrals. 4. Assigns appropriate priority to eligible applicants and/or refers ineligible applicants to other community resources in accordance with established procedures. 5. Maintains adequate knowledge of disability/age specific community resources based on knowledge of program criteria. B. Conducts advanced level psychosocial assessments/evaluations; utilizes information from other service providers, physicians, team members and consumer/representative to develop comprehensive service plans and use in court depositions, etc. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Has knowledge of and skill in the provision of age-specific care to the following age groups: Adults ages ___to___ Youths ages ___to___ With regard to the following: Identification of clinical/treatment needs specific to the above population(s) and age group(s) Relevant physiological changes Special behaviors, symptoms or clinical responses Safety problems and concerns Methods of communication that are generally effective Availability of population/age specific community based resources 1. Conducts standardized assessments, including: ___ Basis32, ASI, CAFAS 2. Thoroughly assembles, interprets and integrates all data to identify available resources for inclusion into service plan. 3. Conducts biopsychosocial assessments of above-identified population(s) to identify problems, service needs, including referrals, and address the following: Risk factors, including factors that place the consumer at risk for suicide or self-harm, violence, medical disorders, substance abuse Functional strengths/deficits, including sources of motivation, resources, capabilities Consumer knowledge/education needs, including understanding of his/her illness, medication, and treatment and obstacles to learning Medical problems, especially with regard to how they are causing or contributing to behavioral health issues Critical stresses that negatively affect the consumer's status, including financial, legal, social factors Cultural factors including how culture affects management of stress, family roles, and other natural support Consumer preferences with regard to services, including preferences regarding family involvement History of mental health disorder(s) as to age of onset, duration, patterns and consequences to both consumer and family Spirituality, including consumer's feelings of hope about the future and ability to identify sources of strength and motivation Types of previous treatment and responses to that treatment 4. Utilizes program specific format to develop and document individualized service plan in a consistent and accurate manner. 5. Completes and reviews service plan within program specific time frame. 6. Appropriately utilizes assessment information for court depositions, legal proceedings, and in making consumer eligibility determinations on Social Security/Medicaid matters. C. Conducts periodic reassessments/ISP reviews to determine continued eligibility and/or appropriateness for services. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Completes required consumer reviews within prescribed time frames as established by utilization guidelines and submits, where applicable, TRIGRS to the Utilization Management Department for authorization or reauthorization of services. 2. Documents review findings in the consumer's medical record, and updates the ISP to reflect revised goals and new target dates. 3. Effectively secures additional and/or continuing services for consumer in accordance with his/her needs. 4. Communicates changes in consumer's status and plan of care to members of the treatment team. D. Provides services to individuals, groups and families requiring complex professional intervention using a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Utilizes a variety of individual and group counseling techniques most appropriate to the above noted population(s), including the following: Non-directive techniques, Cognitive techniques, Behavior modification techniques, Modeling, Conflict resolution, Negotiation, Closure techniques 2. Demonstrates ability to deal productively with the following consumer types within an individual and group context: Withdrawn, Disruptive, Depressed/suicidal, Manipulative, Psychotic, Manic 3. Evaluates the suitability of consumers for therapeutic intervention in accordance with accepted standards of clinical practice. 4. Establishes realistic goals and time frames for services with consumers, families, and other members of the treatment team. 5. Ensures documentation reflecting continuity of care is completed in a timely and efficient manner, including progress notes which are consistent with the ISP and authorized services and reflect progress toward achievement of service goals. 6. Analyzes results of services and indications of progress and altars the therapeutic approach accordingly. 7. Designs behavioral or therapeutic interventions for the more difficult to manage consumers. E. Establishes linkage and coordination of services with community agencies, both public and private. Develops and maintains a cooperative working relationship with community service providers. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Assists the consumer/family in the completion of applications for federal benefit programs, health and welfare programs for which they may qualify within program specific time frames. 2. Thoroughly informs families of the availability of advocacy services and support groups. 3. Consistently provides community education in order to facilitate and promote prevention. 4. Maintains contact with appropriate agency personnel involved with the care of the consumer through individual contact and attendance at treatment team meetings. 5. Adheres to all ethical and legal standards when interacting with courts, the general public, and other agencies. 6. Provides requested information regarding agency services to community service providers in a timely manner and in accordance with agency policy. 7. Meets with consumer and family to develop community support plan in order to maintain level of functioning upon discharge. F. Serves as clinical preceptor for students, interns and candidates for licensure or certification. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Assigns caseload to ensure that trainees receive thorough and well-rounded clinical experience. 2. Considers difficulty of caseload and capabilities of trainees to ensure both quality services for consumers and quality training for supervised staff. 3. Ensures clinical preceptorship meets all requirements of appropriate licensing or certifying authority. 4. Intervenes in cases assigned to trainees as necessary to ensure that consumers receive services according to accepted clinical standards. 5. Provides timely and effective feedback for trainees. 6. Models effective counseling and crisis management techniques for trainees. 7. Adheres to accepted ethical standards for use of trainees in clinical settings. G. Provides crisis intervention services for consumers with more difficult or intractable problems. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Performs intakes for consumers who are at risk for homicidal, suicidal or life threatening behaviors according to established standards of clinical practice. 2. Thoroughly evaluates the consumer and determines the necessity for involuntary commitment according to accepted standards of clinical 3. Executes orders of involuntary commitment for consumers by authorizing/signing appropriate forms/documentation in accordance with accepted legal and clinical guidelines. H. Maintains licensure and/or certification required for performance of professional duties. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Keeps abreast of requirements to obtain or maintain licensure or certification required to perform assigned job duties. 2. Keeps licensure/certification current. 3. Schedules and completes course work or clinical training necessary to maintain licensure or certification in a timely manner. I. Creates and maintains a high performance environment characterized by positive leadership and a strong team orientation. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Defines goals and/or required results at beginning of performance period and gains acceptance of ideas by creating a shared vision. 2. Conducts at least monthly staff meetings to communicate to staff progress toward defined goals and/or required results, to provide specific feedback, and to initiate corrective action when defined goals and/or results are not met. 3. Confers regularly with staff to review employee relations climate, specific problem areas and actions necessary for improvement. 4. Recognizes contributions and celebrates accomplishments. 5. Motivates staff to improve quantity and quality of work performed and provides training and development opportunities as appropriate. J. Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field and applies pertinent new knowledge to the performance of other duties. (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Completes required annual training, 2. Completes required continuing education hours to maintain MHP/MRP/SAP/SAM status (8 hours of general behavioral health and 4 hours of discipline specific). 3. Maintains professional knowledge by reading up-to-date articles, books, etc. K. Adheres to all established job requirements for: (Performed by some incumbents) Mental Health Professional Substance Abuse Manager Substance Abuse Professional Developmental Disabilities Professional L. Performs work according to all rules, regulations, policies and guidelines, including but not limited to those listed below: (Performed by all incumbents) 1. Follows agency policy and department protocol regarding work schedule, calling in when arriving late or when absent, break and lunch periods and observing provisions of Fair Labor Standards Act. 2. Submits leave requests in advance (according to department protocol) for annual leave, personal leave, and foreseen sick leave. Submits leave slips for unforeseen or emergency sick or personal leave immediately upon return to duty. Provides documentation for use of leave as required. 3. Submits accurate time sheets to supervisor on a semi-monthly basis. 4. Presents a neat and clean appearance. Wears clothing suitable to job and environment based on clientele served. 5. Observes agency policies on health, safety, security and sanitation; notifies supervisor of circumstances or situations that present potential health hazards. 6. Does not use or knowingly permit others to use agency property for personal business. 7. Maintains required licensures and certifications. Requirements: Evaluation: The evaluation of work performance, including: specific duties, responsibilities, demeanor, and work ethic, will be ongoing and implemented by the Director of Behavioral Health per center policies. Minimum Qualifications: Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists. Compliance: Adhere to company policies and procedures and all Federal, State and Local medical service requirements. To include HIPAA Privacy & Security. Confidentiality (HIPAA): Every employee is required to sign a Pledge of Confidentiality. Failure to comply with our Pledge of Confidentiality can or will lead to immediate termination of employment. Confidentiality applies to a patient's Personal Health Information (PHI) and includes: written, oral and electronic communications. Each employee has an obligation to maintain confidentiality after their employment/association with this facility ends. Security (HIPAA): Every employee is required to protect their computer log-on and password. You must secure your work area prior to leaving it unattended for an extended period of time. You are required to log-off of your computer and secure your work area prior to leaving at the end of the day. If you have a responsibility for closing or locking files, securing equipment, or locking the building and you do not comply with these requirements, you will be subject to reprimand and/or termination based upon the infraction. We are required by law to protect patient privacy, identifiable patient information, and all properties containing such information. Physical Requirements: Varied activities include standing, walking, reaching, bending and lifting. Employee must possess full range of body motion including the ability to assist or lift patients when necessary; occasional weight bearing to exceed 50 pounds, use of portable stretchers/wheelchairs encouraged. Employee must possess hand-eye coordination with normal range of vision and hearing abilities. This position frequently requires working under stressful conditions and frequently requires irregular work hours. Environmental Working Conditions: This position includes both administrative and medical responsibilities. Employee is frequently exposed to communicable diseases, toxic substances, medical cleaning and processing solutions which my included ionizing radiation plus other elements common in a clinical environment. PI201461827

Keywords: Valley Healthcare System, Columbus , Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Healthcare , Columbus, Georgia

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