As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Harborview Medical Center has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time, temporary/hourly, SOCIAL WORKER to provide direct social work and implement the full range of social work for patients in the INPATIENT PSYCHIATRY UNIT.
SCHEDULE: This position is intended to last 6 months, working full-time at 40 hours/week.
Provide social work services to patients and their families, including psychosocial assessment, domestic violence screening, child abuse and elder abuse interventions, and discharge planning for inpatients admitted to the assigned medical or surgical service
Work with patients and support systems to plan for discharge needs, including skilled nursing facility placement and other treatment programs, insurer and financial advocacy, patients/support system education, crisis intervention
Maintain effective working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team and provide leadership in areas of discharge resources and psychosocial and family systems interventions
Facilitate family, support system and network conferences as indicated
Observe Social Work Department policies/procedures, and legal mandates in carrying out social work role
Responsibilities also include documentation and verbal communication of social work activities provided to patients and their families or support system, having knowledge of legal intervention options and processes, and of community resources that are relevant to the service population
Social work interventions include crisis intervention, social work assessment, resource coordination and case management
Participate in regular interdisciplinary staff meetings and patient care rounds
Have knowledge of HMC/Social Work Department policies relevant to delivery of services to patients as well as knowledge of legal requirements for vulnerable populations, involuntary treatment for psychiatric patients and patients with chemical dependencies
Have knowledge of community resources relevant to the target population
Provide telephone information and referral to individuals and agencies calling for information or consultation
Provide clinical services with respect for patient/family rights and within the Social Work Code of Ethics
Perform other duties as required
REQUIREMENTS: A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education AND One year of full-time social work experience in a health care setting or equivalent. Experience can include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience.
LEGAL REQUIREMENT: Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington:
Agency Affiliated Counselor
Licensed Social Work Associate -Advanced
Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.