At Stony Brook Medicine, our Social Workers are valuable members of our team, who provide empathic care to our patients, their families and visitors, with the highest degree of integrity and respect. Social Workers apply the principles and practices of their profession to provide integrated social casework, including direct counseling, therapy, advocacy, and other services to individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings. Social Workers plan, implement, coordinate and document treatment for individuals diagnosed with: mental illness and serious emotional disturbance; mental retardation and developmental disabilities; work-related illnesses or injuries; chemical addiction; or perpetrators or victims of neglect, abuse, or crime who need therapeutic intervention, habilitation, training, supervision and re-socialization, or confinement.
Qualified candidates will demonstrate excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, knowledge and understanding of patient care and effectively respond to changing patient needs by making decisions based on ethical principles and adhering to our high standard of excellence.
Stony Brook Medicine is currently looking for a highly qualified palliative care social worker to work with our in-patient Palliative Care Consultation Service.
Duties of a Palliative Care Social Worker may include the following but are not limited to:
Perform palliative care-specific psychosocial assessment of selected cases.
Provide clinical services and psychoeducation to the seriously and terminally ill patient and/or their families and assist them with coping with the emotional, financial, and practical demands of illness, and at times, the dying process.
Function as a core member of the inpatient palliative care team; participate in daily interdisciplinary team rounds; attend family meetings.
Provide ongoing support for patient and families, including identifying and nurturing coping skills, navigating grief and bereavement, identifying appropriate supportive community resources, and educating on how to gain access to supportive community resources.
Assessment of complex family dynamics; intervene in crises; mediate conflicts within families.
Conduct independent counseling visits with patients/their family members around adjustment to illness, management of anxiety, depression, complicated grief, anticipatory grief, overall coping, and end-of-life issue; Provide education on non-pharmalogical symptom management strategies.
Provide resource counseling on caregiver supports, alternate levels of care options (such as long term care, community palliative care, or hospice care), financial and legal supports, advanced directives, helping children in the family cope, and planning for dependents.
Compliance with documentation of Social Work intervention.
Assist patients and families with advanced directives and participate in advanced care planning discussions.
Supervision of professional social work students.
Provide educational lectures to multi-disciplinary palliative care trainees and other staff member's hospital wide.
Active involved in performance improvement activities including program development, program advocacy, data collection and analysis on palliative care cases.
All other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications: MSW from an accredited Social Work Education School. New York State LMSW or LCSW. Three years post Master's. Acceptance and knowledge of palliative care and hospice philosophy. Experience working with patients and families with chronic, advanced illness. Maintains current knowledge in specialty area by engaging in continued education. Demonstrates excellent written and oral communication skills Demonstrates effective problem solving skills and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to relate to healthcare professionals in a variety of different settings. Demonstrates understanding of unit-based social work responsibilities. Working knowledge of Long Island and Metropolitan NY Community resources. Demonstrates patient first, patient advocacy and service excellence. Computer literate and understanding of data analysis. Demonstrates the following: understanding of community systems; demonstrates ability for project management and action planning; demonstrates team work and team leader focus; understanding of data collection and statistics.
Preferred Qualifications: Hospital-based palliative care experience and ACHP-SW. LCSW, preferred. Experience of three or more years in Hospital, Hospice, SNF, or other inpatient healthcare setting.
Special Notes: Stony Brook Medicine is a smoke free environment. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere on campus, including parking lots and outdoor areas on the premises. All Hospital positions are subject to changes in pass days and shifts as necessary. This position may require the wearing of respiratory protection, which may prohibit the wearing of facial hair.
The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation. Prior to start date, the selected candidate must meet the following requirements: Successfully complete pre-employment physical examination and obtain medical clearance from Stony Brook Medicine's Employee Health Services (The hiring department will be responsible for any fee incurred for examination), submit (3) written references, and provide a copy of any required New York State license(s)/certificate(s). Please be advised that failure to comply with any of the above requirements could result in a delayed start date and/or revocation of the employment offer.
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Official Job Title: TH Social Worker II
Job Field: Social Work/Behavioral Health
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Care Management-Stony Brook University Hospital
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Pass Days: Variable