Licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
~ LMSW, LCSW, LCSW-S
General Purpose of Job:
Social Workers at Driscoll Children's Hospital provide a wide range of professional services to include: assessment, intervention, treatment planning, supportive and goal-directed counseling, referral and connection to community resources and case management. Social Workers provide education to patients, families, and staff regarding health, safety, and psychosocial issues. They work in collaboration with physicians and other patient care staff and sensitize the team on the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of a patient's situation and what impact the illness may have on the patient and family. Social Workers participate in the care and treatment planning for children of all ages. They assist in discharge planning and work with outside agencies to ensure the appropriate continuity of care.
Main Campus Coverage: Social Work services are needed in the Rio-Grande Valley to include Brownsville (4- days per week), McAllen (1 day per week). May also have an infrequent caseload in Harlingen when asked to assist with complex patients. Primary back-up for the Dialysis clinic in McAllen when Social Work is absent.
Clinic Coverage: Social Work will provide services for multiple ambulatory clinics that share space throughout the month to include Hematology / Oncology Clinic (Primary), Pulmonology / CF, Nephrology Gastrointestinal, Plastics, Neurology, Orthopedics, Surgery, Urology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Must demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide appropriate care to the age of patients served. Must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their needs. Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide for the primary population of patients served in the department.
Neonate (birth-28 days)
School Age (6 - 10 years)
Infant (0-12 months)
Adolescent (11-18 years)
Toddler (1 - 3 years)
Adult (18-64 years)
Pre-school (3 - 6 years)
Geriatrics (65 + years)
- Exercising appropriate age-specific communication skills when interacting with customers, patients, and families.
- Exercising appropriate age-specific safety practices when interacting with customers, patients, and families.
- Has basic knowledge of normal child development.
- Aware of cultural and spiritual issues that may affect patient care.
- Is familiar with age-specific eligibility requirements for community programs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Maintains and follows Social Work Code of Conduct set forth by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners.
- Responsible for professional supervision as required and continuing education to maintain state licensure.
- Attends and participates in staff meetings.
- Participates in the training (precepting) of new employees, supervision of social work students, and cross-training of co-workers.
- Provides peer support.
- Travel requirements for education, patient assessment, and meetings as requested.
- Participates in the review and revision of community resource lists.
- Participates in annual performance improvement activities of the department and assigned units.
- Participates in periodic review and revision of policy and procedures.
- Participates in budget planning.
- Assists with staffing schedules voluntarily or as assigned by the supervisor.
- Conducts process and debriefing support opportunities for staff concerning such issues as grief, conflict, and interaction with families.
- Collects data for research relating to social work issues.
- Responds to Physician orders and Nursing functional screening requests timely.
- Makes daily rounds in assigned units.
- Proactively screens for high risk; determine the need for/eligibility for services; identify strengths/coping capabilities, and assess the informal and formal network of support through psychosocial assessment.
- Provides comprehensive psychosocial assessment, evaluation, treatment planning, education, and discharge planning to support identified or potential barriers to care related to social support limitations, lack of understanding, complex medical concerns, mental health and substance abuse issues, family violence, emotional stability, behavioral risks, etc.
- Assists family in understanding medical and treatment information.
- Provides mediation and crisis intervention for families in a supportive environment for discussing problematic behavior or familial discord to ensure safety and following of medical directives.
- Provides supportive end of life care that may include assessment, advocacy, grief and crisis counseling, resource counseling (alternate level of care to include home care and hospice, financial and legal needs, advance directive planning, and information and referral for funeral assistance), memory packets, and team care planning.
- Assists families with resources for basic needs such as transportation, lodging, and meals.
- Coordinates and participates in discharge planning activities to include…
- information and referral to community resources
- follow-up care needs
- secure needed equipment, supplies, and services
- planning for and arrangement of appropriate school services for patients (homebound and/or information on accommodations for students with disabilities for 504 plan).
- Upon suspicion/confirmation of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a child, elderly, or disabled person…
- notifies appropriate agency (Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services and/or Law Enforcement agency).
- Serves as the liaison between the hospital and agency for appropriate discharge planning
- Completes timely documentation in the medical record of contact with patients and families in notes and/or doc-flow form as appropriate.
- Plans, coordinates, and attends team and family conferences and actively participates as an advocate in the review and planning of patient care.
- Provides supportive counseling and ongoing emotional support for long-term patients and their families.
- Provides professional consultation to physicians and hospital staff in regards to psychosocial issues, bioethical issues, and discharge planning.
- Plans and conducts support groups for patients, parents, and families.
- Serves as a liaison and advocate with community programs and agencies related to health, social welfare, and community supports.
- Provides education to school personnel, students, and the community as requested.
- Works with staff from outside agencies to ensure quality care along the continuum.
- Testifies in court regarding child abuse and/or neglect.
LMSW under Clinical Supervision
- In addition to the above duties, will have the opportunity to
- Include expanded treatment planning to bio-psychosocial assessments
- Expand counseling services provided to patients and their families to include utilization of brief, therapeutic, and supportive interventions
- Enhance mental health screening, assessment, and support
- Administration of mental health screening tools; i.e.; Edinburgh, PHQ-9, GAD, Columbia- Suicide Severity Scale (C- SSRS), CRAFFT, etc.
- Inclusion of preliminary diagnosis and safety planning to mental health assessments
- Provision of therapeutic interventions and treatment strategies to include, but not limited to; motivational interviewing, treatment engagement, crisis intervention and intensive crisis stabilization, brief and solution-focused therapy, and safety planning.
E ducation and/or Experience
Master's degree in Social Work or related field with Social Work Licensure in the state of Texas;
- One-year experience working in pediatric health care preferred.
- Familiarity with resources for children of all ages especially as related to medical services preferred.
- Bilingual skills in Spanish a plus.
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