Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Licensed Clinical Social Worker - (0.6 FTE, Days) in Palo Alto, California

Psychology&Social Science

0.6 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shifts

Please note:Schedule isFriday, Saturday and Sunday or Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford is the heart and soul of Stanford Children’s Health. Nationally ranked and internationally recognized, our 311-bed hospital is devoted entirely to pediatrics and obstetrics. Our six centers of excellence provide comprehensive services and deep expertise in key obstetric and pediatric areas: brain & behavior, cancer, heart, pregnancy & newborn, pulmonary and transplant. We also provide an additional, wide range of services for babies, kids and pregnant moms.

Job Summary

Licensed Clinical Social Worker is the second and fully-qualified,full-proficiency level of professional social work for employees who are licensed by the State of California as Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW). Positions at this level are characterized by substantial professional responsibility and independence of action for providing social work services. The Social Work Job Family consists of three levels of professional non-supervisory social work in a health care institutional setting at LPCH and SHC: Social Work Clinician, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Advanced Clinical Social Worker. This job family is limited to those positions that require a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited school of social work. As a member of a multidisciplinary health care team, Medical Social Workers provide appropriate intervention services and/or discharge planning to patients and/or clients as well as their families receiving services within any department of the Stanford University Medical Center. Work typically involves a variety of bio-psycho-social issues, assessment of the social needs as related to the patient's/client's health status, and the development of a plan of services, including advocacy, discharge planning, referrals and practical assistance necessary to accomplish desired objectives. Provides consultation, orientation and training to health care staff on the effects of bio-psycho-social, cultural and economic issues on the management of patient/client health needs.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary health care teams to treat and plan for the social and medical needs of patients by consulting with other providers and making referrals. Devises, develops and implements treatment plans as necessary. May make a diagnosis as part of a treatment plan.

  • Conducts initial assessment of all new patients to evaluate social, emotional and physical needs by applying social work theories and techniques; interviews and evaluates patients and family members. Identifies factors which may interfere with obtaining maximum benefits from treatment.

  • Develops and implements patient management plans, including the coordination of referrals to specialty and social services, the recording of progress notes and the provision of continuity of care. Helps clients cope with environmental and psychological issues of illness by explaining options and treatments as well as making appropriate referrals.

  • Manages assigned caseload. Prepares and maintains records and makes written and oral reports to document case activity concerning patient care, counseling and therapeutic activities in accordance with department, hospital, medical center and/or health system policies. Prepares reports and other documents concerning patients.

  • Participates in monitoring and evaluating the quality and appropriateness of patient care.

  • Provides supportive counseling, grief counseling, crisis intervention and other appropriate therapeutic services to assist patients and families in coping with presenting symptoms and problems such as, for example, coping with illness, accepting medical recommendations, and loss of function. Provides education to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient's diagnosis, illness, treatment and/or life situation.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.Education: Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited college or universityExperience: Two (2) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experienceLicense/Certification: LCSW - Valid license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) issued by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to apply theories, principles and practices of medical social work and of social services delivery systems in a hospital or medical center setting.

  • Ability to gather data needed to needed to assess needs of patients and families.

  • Ability to manage a caseload, recall case details; maintain confidentiality of information; determine the appropriate course of action in emergencies and other stressful situations.

  • Ability to provide written case narratives and reports.

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply effective assessment, interviewing, and counseling techniques.

  • Knowledge of and ability to apply social work theories, principles and techniques.

  • Knowledge of hospital and medical center resources to access and provide for patient care needs, and act on behalf of client needs to obtain necessary services.

  • Knowledge of needs, problems, attitudes, and behavior of hospital patients and their families.

Additional Information:

Positions are allocated to one of the three grade levels in this job family. Positions in this job family are flexibly staffed from Social Work Clinician to Advanced Licensed Clinical Social Worker, which means that vacant positions may be filled at any of the three class/grade levels depending on qualifications; further, that employees may be promoted to higher levels in this job family when they meet the minimum qualifications and are recommended for promotion by management. Levels are distinguished on the basis of three basic variables: 1) qualifications, i.e., whether the employee is licensed by the State of California as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); 2) the character of the caseload, i.e., the difficulty of the problems present in the assignment and the degree of professional skill and judgment required by the social work decisions and services they involve; and 3) the freedom of practice characteristic of performance, i.e., the extent to which the social worker's recognized competence is reflected in decreased supervisory control that allows independent performance of work.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.