Masters Prepared Therapist / Discharge Planner

Full-time · Elkins, WV · Inpatient Division

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Job Purpose
  • This position is responsible for providing social service functions in the behavioral healthcare setting.

  • Responsibilities
  • Provides assessments, treatments and case management to patients and families.
  • Completes psychosocial assessments on all new admissions.
  • Participates in discharge planning, arranges for follow up care and develops mechanisms for exchange of appropriate information with sources outside the hospital.
  • Plans and coordinates therapeutic program services on the Geriatric behavioral health program unit.
  • Directs the staff performing the therapeutic program services.
  • Responsible for leading the treatment team.
  • Initiates pre-certification and re-certification of insurance on all registered patients requiring it.
  • Serves as a resource person to healthcare professionals concerning psycho-social problems and community resources.
  • Educates patient and families on signs and symptoms of illness to prevent re-hospitalization and improve disease management skills.
  • Maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in Q1 activities.

  • Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) is Required.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Master Social Worker Accepted.
  • Two or more years of previous experience in all aspects of social service with an emphasis in psychiatric work.
  • Current certification/training in the management of disruptive and assaultive behavior.
  • BLS
  • CPI training will be provided
  • Basic computer knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Working conditions

    In clinical duties, will be exposed to communicable disease, blood, and body fluids. Exposure to injury from patients or equipment. Realizing there are unavoidable environmental hazards, the employee must assume responsibility for knowledge of protocols and policies relevant to these hazards. Utilized appropriate protective attire that will be provided in each area.

    Physical requirements

    Ability to handle heavy materials or patients. Physical demands greater than moderate may require knowledge of use of appropriate equipment. Frequent bending, lifting and pulling require proper use of good body mechanics. Must be able to communicate effectively with patients, staff physicians and visitors displaying a smile and maintaining a pleasant attitude. This job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Also, the ability to communicate by phone is important.

    Direct reports

    This position has no direct reports.

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