The Social Worker is responsible for meeting patient need for the continuum of care by the discharge planning process. Directs access to appropriate community and adjunct resources that foster quality of life. Interviews patients and their family members/support systems to obtain an age-specific psychosocial assessment. Assist patients and families in adjustments to illness and disabilities and resolving personal financial and environmental difficulties which interfere with the care management process. Provides crisis intervention, individual and family therapy where skilled social work judgment is required. Provide discharge arrangements beginning upon patient's admission. Attends and actively participates in interdisciplinary patient care rounds and works with the health care team to collaboratively formulate appropriate and realistic discharge plans. Assesses the psychosocial needs of family members / support systems that may interfere with optimizing the patient's care management. Demonstrates awareness of the importance of addressing patient's quality of life by maintaining current and up to date information of community resources and refers patients to those community resources which will enhance patient's life. Provides resource/referral for counseling services and other recognized psychosocial therapies, child abuse referrals, adult protective service referrals, guardianship petitions and psychiatric petitions. Initiates referrals and appears in court as subpoenaed. Demonstrates competence to perform assigned patient care responsibilities in a manner that meets the age-specific and developmental needs of the patients served by the department. Provides referral to Spiritual Care and assist in crisis intervention to patients and their family members involved in emergency trauma, deaths, loss of home, family violence, etc. Assess high-risk patients who exhibit behaviors that are maladaptive to the adjustment of the illness and /or disability.
Master's degree from an accredited school of Social Work or related field.
Two years experience involving direct patient care is preferred. Must have a good knowledge of the principles and practices of social work. Will be expected to utilize a variety of highly developed skills in individual and /or group methods. Must have a good working knowledge of the impact of illness on the patient and family as well as an understanding of the age specific needs and cultural differences. Must possess a high level of analytical abilities necessary to identify and plan for resolution of difficult psychosocial illness related problems.
LMSW or LCSW licensure required through Texas Department of Health.
CHRISTUS HEALTH is an international Catholic, faith-based, not-for-profit health system comprised of almost more than 600 services and facilities, including more than 60 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 350 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries and ventures. CHRISTUS operates in 6 U.S. states, Colombia, Chile and 6 states in Mexico. To support our health care ministry, CHRISTUS Health employs approximately 45,000 Associates and has more than 15,000 physicians on medical staffs who provide care and support for patients. CHRISTUS Health is listed among the top ten largest Catholic health systems in the United States.