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Licensed Social Worker (LCSW/LMSW)- Behavioral Health

Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Inc Hattiesburg, MS

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

Job Summary:

The Social Worker/Behavior Therapist performs a wide range of duties tailored to meet the unique socio-economic and therapy needs of our patient population. Provide behavioral health consultation to children, adolescents, adults, and families to enhance psychosocial function. Provides comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of behavioral health clients; Provide effective treatment planning and assisting clients in successfully achieving goals; Evaluate crisis situations and apply appropriate interventions. Actively participate in meetings that support SeMRHI integrated health care model to provide comprehensive care for clients; Assist in the detection of "at risk" patients and development of plans to prevent further psychological or physical deterioration; Assist the primary care team in developing care management processes such as the use of guidelines, disease management techniques, case management, and patient education to improve self-management of chronic disease; Support patients to follow all PCP recommendations, help the treatment team (PCP's & Patient) monitor treatment progress, and refer Patients to their PCP for questions, side effects, and compliance regarding PCP recommendations. Provide assessment, consultation, and brief intervention for psychological/psychiatric problems; and/or disorders; Teach patients, families, and staff care, prevention, and treatment enhancement techniques; Identifying problems related to patient services and making recommendations for improvement. The Behavioral Health Consultant must utilize a growth and development knowledge base in the care of children (pediatric), adolescent, adult, geriatric and HIV patients. Demonstrates knowledge and skills to appropriately communicate and interact with the staff, patients, families and visitors of all age groups, while being sensitive to their cultural and religious beliefs.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct accurate assessment of the psychosocial situations of patients and their families, relying on appropriate theories, past experiences, information from the patient/family, and collaboration with other health professionals. Consider age-related aspects of patient/family situations (infant, child, adolescent, elderly) during assessment.
  • Implements individual, family, and/or group sessions for clients with a mental health diagnosis.
  • Convey and maintain a therapeutic relationship with patients and families within a group or individual setting
  • Working knowledge of assisting patients/families in identifying psychosocial problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to assist patients/families in planning an appropriate course of action to resolve identified problems
  • Participate in encouraging a healthy expression of feelings/emotions to patients/families
  • Assist patients/families in implementing the chosen course of action to resolve identified problems, including assistance in accessing, and appropriately using community resources, and advocating on their behalf when necessary
  • Accurately documents assessments, diagnoses, plans, observations, and recommendations in a timely, and meaningful manner adhering to policy and procedure, including home and/or field visits when necessary
  • Conducts and maintains an effective working relationship with other health professionals
  • Effectively collaborates/communicates/coordinates with other health professionals and appropriate entities during assessment, planning and implementation
  • Participates in conferences and seminars to maintain a professional working knowledge of social working services
  • Maintains an effective working relationship with community agencies and services
  • Prepares necessary referrals to appropriate alternative agencies and follow up with patients to assess the effectiveness of services to which they were referred
  • Knowledgeable of and adheres to patient confidentiality
  • Adheres to agency policies as well as to the Social Work Code of Ethics
  • Demonstrate the ability to de-escalate a crisis situation and perform necessary risk assessment
  • Develop treatment goals/objectives with the client and determine alternate treatment methodologies
  • Perform related job duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • Master's degree in Social work from an accredited school
  • Two years of work experience as a social worker in a health-related agency or facility
  • License and Certification required (LCSW preferred)
  • Ability to organize required tasks
  • Cooperate with others, following policy and procedures
  • Relate effectively with patients, families, physicians, and other health professionals and the general public
  • Ability to become familiar with community agencies and their policies and procedures
  • Ability to assess and diagnose (LCSW Only) behavior, psychological problems and plan/carry out appropriate interventions

Physical and Other Requirements:

  • Continuously listen, visualize, and have dexterity and eye-hand coordination
  • Have full range of body motion
  • Frequently sit, reach, use both right and left forearm rotation, walk, stand, kneel and twist
  • Have ability to grasp firmly, lift and carry 10 to 20 pounds

Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative Inc


Hattiesburg, MS
39401 USA



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