The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychiatry Neurobiology is seeking a Social Worker to provide a variety of services to patients with Huntington's disease (HD) and their families. Responsibilities include serving as a source of information and referral for resources serving the HD population in the community, and providing case management, counseling services, and a support group for HD patients and their families. Patients and/or families may consult with the social worker in the clinic or may access services by telephone. A monthly support group will meet at a location in the community.
The social worker will also represent Johns Hopkins and serve as the main coordinator of all HD education and HD-related events for HD Society of America (HDSA).
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
The social worker is the primary decision maker for the following in the HD center:
Assess needs of new patients.
Facilitate monthly HD support group.
Educate patients about HD.
Provide supportive counseling to patients and/or families.
Educate other health care workers about HD, e.g., nursing home and day program staff, occupational therapists, physical therapists, in-home aides, Adult Protective Service workers, etc.
Make referrals to services.
Provide information and instruction about applications for SSDI, SSI, and other government benefits.
Follow-up with pre-symptomatic patients testing positive for HD to assess adjustment and to provide support as needed.
Disseminate printed information about HD to patients, families and other healthcare workers as needed/requested.
Provide in-service education for staffs of nursing homes, day programs, and other healthcare professionals.
Inform patients about opportunities for participation in research.
Assist with alternative placements including residential, day program, etc.
Perform miscellaneous related duties as assigned.
Master's degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work or an equivalent organization approved by the Council on Social Work Education. Licensed by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. Two years social work experience, preferred. Must maintain current licensure and certification during duration of employment.
Licensure, Certification, Registration
Licensure as a LMSW required and must maintain license throughout duration of employment. Must complete sufficient continuing medical education (CME) credits to satisfy Maryland license/license renewal requirements.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Work requires the knowledge of theories, principles, and concepts typically acquired through completion of a Master's degree in Social Work.
Work requires the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and provide empathy in difficult interpersonal situations.
Work requires proofreading and/or reviewing documents.
Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipment through a hospital or clinical environment.
Classified Title: Social Worker Working Title: CO Social Worker Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range: $38,920.00-$53,520.00;Commensurate with experience Employee Group: Part-time Schedule: 24 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus Department Name: Psychiatry Neurobiology Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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