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Social Worker

Company: UCLA Health
Location: santa monica
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Responsibilities

In this role, you will function as atrans-disciplinary team member of the Palliative Care Program that providescomprehensive psychosocial care to patients with serious and life-limitingmedical conditions. You will provide clinical PalliativeCare assessments and recommendations, assess and counsel patients and familiesexperiencing severe emotional distress, facilitate and coordinate and whenappropriate lead goals of care meetings, including advance careplanning/advance directive completion assistance, perform general hospiceconversations and referrals, providecase-management, conduct basic painassessments and basic spiritual suffering assessments and when appropriaterefer to providers for further evaluation. Provide expert clinical interventions for patients and families (eg,CBT, motivational interviewing, non-pharmacologic treatments for pain and symptommanagement, grief and loss counseling), and lead bereavement outreach afterpatient death (such as calling family, connecting spouses with support groups),and conduct therapeutic support groups. Connectpatients with community resources, perform crisis intervention and evaluatepatients who are suicidal and/or have mandated reporting requirements.

You will also provide leadership in team health andpreventing burn out. Attend medical clinics,identify patients and respond to referrals and meet the wide range of comprehensivepsychosocial needs of outpatients. Chartall contacts in an electronic medical record. Update and screen the Program's resource referral network and website,select appropriate information, websites and resources to be made accessible topatients. Participate in programdevelopment as required. Participate intraining of interns, volunteers, and education of rotating medical residentsand fellows. Provide on-call service andother related services that promote the Palliative Care Program and improve thequality of life of the patient and family touched by life-limiting medicalconditions.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Clinical Social Worker IIIs must possess a current license (LCSW) with the California Board of Behavioral Science. If no LCSW, incumbent will be placed in Clinical Social Worker II
  • Ability to travel to Palliative Care Clinics owned by UCLA
  • Knowledge ofpsychosocial and other rehabilitation related problems that arise in individualswith complex conditions at all phases of their disease and treatments
  • Knowledge ofpsychosocial distress screening instruments and interventions in a medical setting
  • Ability to formulate assessmentsof psychosocial needs of individuals with complex conditions and frequenthospitalizations
  • Skills requiredto facilitate individual, group and family therapy interventions
  • Skill in usingcomputer database software to maintain and update resource referral network,all patient tracking, rehabilitation needs using software such as an ElectronicMedical Record such as CareConnect with appropriate class work
  • Ability toidentify referral sources and to provide referrals for economic, psychosocialand home health care programs
  • Knowledge andability to function as a team member, working with other staff social workersand clinicians to develop patient groups, lectures and other programs
  • Ability tounderstand the mission of the Program and to implement its objectives for thedelivery of patient care
  • Ability toadapt to changing priorities including seeing patients at multiple sites, undervarious conditions, without a specific office
  • Interpersonalskills to interact effectively with patients and medical staff includingphysicians and nurses to function as a team member

  • Ability toprovide clinical knowledge to less experienced clinicians including developingdidactic trainings, evaluating students, field instructor accreditation

Preferred:

  • Experience andknowledge working with medical patients in outpatient and/or inpatient medicalenvironments
  • Experience working as a liaison with inpatient/outpatientunits and community agencies
  • Knowledge ofbereavement process
  • Knowledge,skill and ability to work autonomously using specific software programs such asWord, Excel, Outlook and any other programs for EMR
  • Familiarity with University's EMR System, EPIC

UCLA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

Keywords: UCLA Health, Santa Monica , Social Worker, Other , santa monica, California

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