Supports WHC's resource management mission through clinical discharge planning activities that help ensure appropriate bed utilization and length of stays. Provides psychosocial assessment of patients/families and significant others to facilitate a safe discharge plan. Provides direct clinical counseling services to patients, families and groups. Identifies appropriate community resources and makes referrals. May specialize in a particular area, such as AIDS or OB/GYN.
Master's Degree in Social Work is required
Approximately one to two years of progressively more responsible job related experience.
On The Job Experience
Approximately three to six months to gain familiarity with the Hospital environment, department routines and procedures, and the full range of job duties.
A District of Columbia license in Social Work is required.
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PROBLEM SOLVING: Job requires a high level of problem-solving due to the complexity of the situations encountered.
INTERNAL CONTACTS: Internal contacts necessary to effectively advise, consult or counsel others to gain cooperation and acceptance of ideas or actions.
INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT: Work assignments are generally received in the form of results expected, due dates, and general approach to be taken.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Interviews patients/family and/or significant others in order to evaluate medical, psychosocial, financial, and environmental barriers to a safe and timely discharge. Formulates an accurate assessment, and develops an intervention plan, that is consistent with the data received during the evaluation.
Engages in multi-systems management to resolve all system influences that present potential barriers to the safe, timely discharge of the patient. Identifies and maximizes the use of available psychological, environmental, and health care resources to assist in barrier elimination.
Assists patient/family and/or significant others through individual, family, and group intervention to resolve psychological barriers that impede optimum social and health adjustment. Maximizes the patient/family ability to understand, accept, and comply with medical recommendations.
Documents all assessments, recommendations and clinical discharge planning activities in the medical record.
Contributes to the department's training, educational, and consulting activities.
Utilizes resources, such as family and community-based agencies, to assist patient to resume life in community or to learn to adjust to disability. Recommends and processes applications for other home placement, such as nursing homes, hospices, treatment centers, etc.
Participates in improving health services and quality control mechanisms, through close collaboration with physicians and other health team members.
Adheres to departmental, WHC, and National Association of Social Workers (NASW) policies, protocols, and professional standards.