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Social Worker - Behavioral Health, Outpatient

Company: St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health
Location: orange
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

**We are looking for a Social Worker for the Behavioral Health-Outpatient Department at St. Joseph Hospital Orange.**

Location: Orange, CA

Work Schedule: Part Time - 60 Biweekly Hours

Shift: 8-hour, Days

**Job Summary:**

Utilizes knowledge of psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment and community resources in planning for the treatment of patients in various Behavioral Health Services programs. Organizes and leads groups and individual therapy sessions to meet the treatment needs of Behavioral Health Services patients.

**Essential Functions:**

+ Initiates preliminary discharge plan within 24 hours and completes psycho-social assessments within 3 days of admission.

+ Includes the patient and family or S.O. when indicated and with required releases in the assessment process.

+ Function as the coordinator of all discharge planning needs for all patients assigned as part of assigned caseload and aggressively pursue the most appropriate and timely discharge of those patients.

+ Actively participates in the Treatment Team process and ensures the development of the patients' treatment plan within 3 days of admission.

+ Brings information from direct interactions with the patient and the family to the Treatment Team, the nursing staff and the attending physician.

+ Demonstrates ability to communicate and consult with other mental health professionals on staff and in the Community.

+ Provides concise and accurate charting of patient progress.

+ Works cooperatively with physicians and other treatment team members and stays current on the documentation of other members of the Treatment Team.

+ Demonstrates the ability to function independently and to take initiative to assess and deliver comprehensive social services.

+ Demonstrates ability to prioritize tasks, work at a rapid and productive pace and making effective use of their time.

+ Assumes responsibility for professional development and on-going education including all requirements to maintain of current licensure.

+ Demonstrates good judgment regarding consulting with Clinical Program Coordinator, Managers, Director, Physicians and other Departments.

+ Demonstrates working knowledge of psychiatric and/or chemical dependency and treatment modalities.

+ Understands the principles of group dynamics and possess the experience required to provide a variety of psycho-dynamically oriented groups to meet the needs of patients as prescribed in their treatment plans.

+ Demonstrates ability to relate in a therapeutic and supportive manner with all patients and their families.

+ Maintains patient confidentiality at all times.

+ Plans for the discharge needs of patients from the time of their admission to their final discharge from the program.

+ Responsible for providing an appropriate aftercare plan to each patient including who patient will be continuing in treatment with post discharge.

+ Takes responsibility for working with supervisor on covering the clinical responsibilities of the position for planned absences and other administrative issues.

+ Charts on service patient interactions and activity in a concise and accurate manner within 24 hours of providing the service.


+ Knowledge of psychiatric/chemical dependency treatment modalities.

+ Knowledge of community housing and treatment resources for purposes of providing.

+ Ability to facilitate a variety of process oriented or didactic therapeutic groups.

+ Ability to function independently, assume assignments of the program and actively participate in the team process.

+ Resolve problems with colleagues or supervisor directly according to chain of command.

+ Ability to work collaboratively with treatment team.

+ Be a positive ambassador for the program to the rest of the Hospital and the Community.

+ Actively partner with supervisor to resolve problems until the best outcome is reached.

+ Participate in all required Hospital initiatives including mandatory training and certification, etc.

+ Demonstrate an understanding regulatory and compliance requirements for behavioral health and substance use disorders.

+ Working knowledge of LPS mental health law and how to access these services for patients.

+ Understanding of expectations of the Office of Patients Rights.

+ Understanding of HIPAA requirements for mental health services.

+ Knowledge and understanding of DMH, Policy, Title 22 and TJC regulations.

**Minimum Position Requirements:**

**Education:** Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, related field or Ph.D in Psychology or PsyD.


+ Current license as a LCSW, MFT or Clinical Psychologist.

+ Basic Life Support.

+ MAB or within 90 days of hire.

**Preferred Position Qualifications:**


+ Two (2) years experience on an acute psychiatric service in a hospital setting.

+ Two (2) years in a position that required participation on an Interdisciplinary Treatment Team

**Apply Today! Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text message with additional questions from our Modern Hire system.**

Compassion. Dignity. Justice. Excellence. Integrity.

These timeless values form the heart and soul of St. Joseph Hospital. They are the prime reason that we attract and retain high-caliber employees who believe in the sanctity of their work in our faith-based setting.

As a result of this affinity, most of our employees have remained with us for at least five years. Over 40 percent of our new employees were either referred by friends or applied to work at St. Joseph based on our reputation. It is little wonder, then, that retention rate is significantly higher than the average for healthcare institutions in our community.

Clinical Excellence

When you take the latest in medical technology and place it in the hands of highly skilled clinicians, recognition is sure to follow. In July 2007, 2008 and 2009, St. Joseph Hospital was named one "America's Best Hospitals" for Orthopedic Care by U. S. News and World Report. This highly esteem recognition is testimony to our unique blend medical science and compassionate, values-based care.

A haven that feels like home.

St. Joseph Hospital offers a unique environment in which healthcare givers who share a kindred spirit can do important work and grow both spiritually and professionally. Here, values-based employees view their jobs not simply as careers but also as callings.

Care to get acquainted? Then we warmly invite you to explore the many career opportunities offered by St. Joseph Hospital!

St. Joseph Hospital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Hospital complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Category: Social Work

Req ID: R331650

Keywords: St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health, Orange , Social Worker - Behavioral Health, Outpatient, Other , orange, California

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