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Licensed Clinical Social Worker - LCSW - Oncology

Job ID R1000349 Type Employee - Full Time Location Mount Holly Standard Hours 40

Position Responsibilities:

• Serves as the psychosocial service coordinator for the oncology program. Required to oversee all distress screening activities for the provision of psychosocial care which is a required component of the cancer program. To incorporate the screening of distress into the standard of care for oncology patients.

• Identifies psychological, social, financial, insurance, spiritual, and behavioral issues that may interfere with the patient’s treatment plans and adversely affect treatment outcomes.

• Provides program development and coordination of survivorship care which is a required component of the cancer program.  Responsible for development and implementation of cancer support groups.

• Responds to clinical social work consults as referred by physicians, professional staff, and other team members. Administers suicidal assessments and crisis support in the outpatient setting.

• Provides need based one on one psychotherapy sessions to individuals and their family members utilizing the following treatment modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Gestalt therapy, Family-Based Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

• Completes thorough assessment and mini mental status exam for all patients engaging in a therapeutic interaction.

• Addresses any psychosocial issue that may present as a barrier to care throughout treatment utilizing research informed practice to increase patient functioning.

• Follows NASW guidelines for clinical documentation while upholding confidentiality, ensuring that record keeping adheres to state mandated procedures.

• Facilitate referral upon completion of therapy to outpatient therapist based on client’s insurance and location preference.

• A required member of the multidisciplinary team and serves as a liaison between the patients/family and medical team to optimize psychosocial well-being and reduction of barriers to care related to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship and/or end of life care.

• Coordinates evidenced-based care between patients and treatment team by advocating a holistic approach to every patient.

• Facilitates communication among patient and families, physicians, nursing, and other hospital employees through multidisciplinary rounds, Oncology Care Conferences, Oncology Practice Council, Breast Leadership Program, and Cancer Committee.

• Assists patients and families in the areas of resource planning (including community support services, fertility options, housing, transportation issues, financial hardship, spiritual needs, childcare needs, end-of-life planning, etc.).

• Assists patients and families in understanding healthcare benefits and maximizing decisions regarding coverage.

• Provides guidance and instruction determining eligibility for Social Security Disability, Social Security Income, Charity Care, Medicaid, and other government assistance programs.

• Assists patients in applying for oncology related grants to alleviate financial burdens. Acts as a liaison with community health and other social service agencies.

• Member of the palliative care team which is an essential component of the cancer program and must be continuously available during treatment and in the bereavement period.

• Administers distress screening to all new outpatient palliative patients and addresses psychosocial concerns.

• Discuss the importance of Advanced Care Directives with patients and their families.

• Develop and coordinate a 9 month Master’s in Social Work student intern program. Clinical supervision and task supervision of MSW students for 22.5 hours per week per student.

• Provide one hour of face-to-face clinical supervision for each student weekly.   Encourage, guide, and train students to function as independent oncology social workers in the outpatient setting.

• Develop, maintain and report out on oncology social work metrics and quality initiatives.  Responsible for development of new oncology social work initiatives and supportive programs.

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