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Billings Clinic Therapist/Social Worker I, II, or III in Billings, Montana

The Therapist/Social Worker is an integral part of a multidisciplinary team working with patients in an acute inpatient mental health setting. While promoting the health and wellness of patients, Therapist/Social Work staff provide comprehensive services, which include therapy (individual, group and family), discharge planning, case management, care coordination, crisis intervention as well as addressing psychosocial and other needs of patients and their families.Under the direction of department leadership, therapist/social work staff provides services consisting of therapy, comprehensive case management, care coordination, continuing care services, and clinical social work services including crisis intervention. In addition, the Therapist/Social Worker is responsible for providing education addressing physical, psychosocial, financial, environmental and other needs of patients and families and/or significant others. The Therapist/Social Worker is part of an interdisciplinary team who promotes health and addresses medical and non medical barriers. Essential Job Functions * Supports and models behaviors consistent with the mission and philosophy of Billings Clinic and department/service. * Assesses patient medical records for treatment plan, identifies actual and potential discharge needs at the time of admission for assigned patients. * Identifies, screens and assess patients, families and/or significant others who require therapy/social work services in a timely manner. * Integrates social work plan into overall patient care plan through participation in interdisciplinary team collaboration may include RN care management, physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team as service area dictates. Promotes collaboration and communication among team members. * Provides patient, family, significant other education, and emotional support utilizing individual, family and group modalities (care conferences). * Meets with patient, family, significant other as appropriate to develop plan of care taking into consideration choice, support network(s), resource needs (financial, housing, transportation, etc.), and appropriate level of care. * Provides crisis intervention, therapeutic support and coping skills on adjustment to illness/disability. * Identifies physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs and incorporates them into the plan of care. * Demonstrates sensitivity and awareness about population specific needs or special issues related to culture, race, gender, age religion, sexual orientation, etc. * Demonstrates the ability to identify symptoms/indicators of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in specific patient populations and provide appropriate interventions, including mandated reporting. * Assess and responds to legal issues such as Living Wills, Durable Power of Attorney, guardianship, etc. * Supports patients to ensure they can function to the best of their ability and maintain optimal health related to their medical condition. Provide education and information to patient's identified support systems. * Supports patients to stabilization using individual and group therapy techniques. * Utilizes interviews and patient medical record reviews to identify actual or potential barriers and care needs. * Interacts with patients, support systems, healthcare professionals, community, and state agencies. Serves as a liaison between hospital, clinic, and community agencies to facilitate the exchange of clinical and referral information. * Identifies high-risk patients from a medical/psychosocial/financial perspective, assesses the needs of patients and support systems. * Discusses evaluations, goals and treatments with patients and support systems to enhance patient and support system engagement. * Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team to identify needs of patients and their support systems. * Understands and utilizes hospital and community based financial resources and entitlements such as SSD, SSI, Medicaid, charity care, mental health, HCFS, Patient Financial Representatives, Public Health and other outside resources as needed. * Coordinates and implements discharge/transitional planning activities within expected length of stay in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. * Accountable for appropriate and patient focused discharge planning; including placement in alternative living environments. * Advocates on behalf of patients and takes a lead role assisting patients with complex psychosocial needs. * Keeps supervisor informed of barriers to discharge, patient/family dissatisfaction, and/or agency conflicts. * Coordinates with referral agencies as indicated to ensure services are in place before discharge. This includes providing necessary paperwork in a timely manner to process the To view the full job description, click here</>

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