University Health Services, the Johns Hopkins medical campus student health service, is seeking a licensed clinical social worker to serve in our University Health- Mental Health (UHS-MH) program. The clinical social worker will provide therapy, assessment, consultation and crisis intervention to our population of graduate and professional students, house staff, post-doctoral fellows, trainees and their eligible spouses. The therapy provided will be brief with the exception of patients with serious psychiatric illness who may benefit from long-term therapy. This position is 1.0 FTE full-time exempt senior staff position, who administratively reports to the University Health Services Nurse Manager and receives clinical supervision from the University Mental Health Clinical Director.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Utilizes brief psychotherapy methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Interpersonal Therapy techniques, to treat patients collaboratively with the treating psychiatrist.
Maintains a caseload of clients which may be heavy and challenging at times. Flexes work hours to add additional slots as requested during times of high seasonal demand for services, such as during the fall or spring.
Continues to see clients as long as medically indicated, as determined in collaboration with the treating psychiatrist and/or the Director of University Mental Health.
Terminates therapy when clients are unlikely to benefit from continuing therapy and sees clients as often as necessary to manage their acute crisis with a goal of getting them to their pre-crisis level of functioning.
Continually assesses the needs of current clients with the collaborating psychiatrist to determine therapy frequency, duration and scope.
Documents all encounters with clients and maintains records in accordance with University and professional standards. Completes all required electronic documentation in Titanium Schedule and/or other electronic record used by the program.
Consults with and/or facilitates timely and appropriate referrals to other professional staff, as well as to other Departments on- or off-campus, as appropriate. Participates in the development and maintenance of accurate and comprehensive referral files.
Transitions clients needing continuing care to outside mental health professionals within 90 days of graduation when indicated. Conducts initial evaluations and phone triages as per the clinic's triage schedule. Sees triaged clients who require further evaluation and therapy on his/her schedule within two weeks of the initial triage phone call.
Creates a warm and welcoming clinical environment where students and trainees feel supported and respected as they pursue their personal, academic and professional goals. Interfaces with other professionals when clinically appropriate for patient care. Seeks clinical supervision when appropriate. Attends required team meetings for collaboration with UHS-MH staff. Attends continuing professional education activities as required to maintain certification.
Follows UHS policies and procedures as outlined in administrative meetings, internal documents, emails and memoranda and assists with the shaping and implementation of such policies as requested.
Promptly reports all clinical issues that might affect our students and trainees to the UHS-MH Clinical Director and Nurse Practice Manager. Promptly reports all administrative issues that might arise to the Nurse Practice Manager of UHS for resolution.
Follows UHS policy regarding coverage of clients when requesting leave or vacation. Other duties as assigned.
Machines and/or equipment used on the job, include % of time used: PC – 25%, facsimile, photocopier, telephone – 10%
Computer or other special needs for the position: Knowledge of Microsoft Word and facility in emails is required. Knowledge of Excel helpful. Will need to be trained in the use of the UMH program's electronic scheduling and medical records systems.
Degree of independent action performed on the job: Must possess the ability to function independently; clinical supervision to be provided by staff psychiatrist.
Internal and external contacts required as part of the job: Interacts with students and trainees on the east Baltimore medical campus: medical students, nursing students, house staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and their families, as well as with faculty and staff of both the Hospital and University, and with community professionals. Facilitates triage and care of acute cases and emergencies.
Master's degree in clinical social work is required.
Knowledge of cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, or dialectical behavioral techniques helpful.
LCSW-C license and certification in the State of Maryland required. Licensed to practice in the State of Maryland required.
Preferred Qualifications A minimum of two years of experience in the field of clinical social work is strongly preferred. Additional supervision and training post-licensure preferred.
Experience with college and/or graduate and professional students and young adult population preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must possess skills in supportive therapy and problem-solving skills, differential diagnosis of complex mental health problems, a judgment regarding when to seek supervision, experience with the phenomenology and treatment of major mental illness and suicide and/or violent or homicidal behaviors. Some experience in assessing and/or treating individuals with personality disorders. Experience in workplace/student issues and substance abuse are helpful.
Classified Title: Clinical Social Worker Working Title: Clinical Social Worker Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range: $44,749 - $61, 600./ Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 37.5 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002645-SOM Admin Std Health University Health Personnel area: School of Medicine
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