This is a full time position that involves working on the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison (CL) Psychiatry Service at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital of Michigan Medicine. The social worker will function as an integral member of the CL team and interact with medical care teams and their social workers who provide care to hospitalized, medically-ill youth with psychiatric co-morbidities. In this role, the social worker will provide consultation to the medical service on resources and mental health referrals for this population on both the medical floors and in the emergency room. The social worker will also facilitate transfer to inpatient psychiatric units or other external psychiatric care facilities and will be closely engaged in care team meetings with the family and the larger multidisciplinary care team. The social worker will often meet with the patient and family to discuss discharge planning, conduct family sessions, aid with psychoeducation and safety planning, as well as provide brief interventions in coordination with the psychiatrists, psychologists and members of the care team.
This position also includes coverage for the Nyman Inpatient Psychiatry Unit at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Responsibilities includes assessment, brief family therapy, psychoeducation, safety planning, and coordinating referrals for outpatient care. In addition, this position will include significant engagement with youth and families admitted to the 3-bed subunit embedded within The Nyman Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. This unit provides care predominantly to youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as autism, seizure disorders, cerebral palsy, or other complex medical and psychiatric needs that result in significant behavioral dysregulation and limitations in activities of daily living (ADLs). In this role, the social worker will provide brief family therapy, psychoeducation, locating specialized resources in the community and making referrals for outpatient care. Knowledge about the care of youth with autism and those youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, and the systems that they interact with for their care, is an important aspect of this position. Knowledge and skill in diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical care and communication is important in this role.
Why Join the Department of Social Work Child Psychiatry Hospital-Based Services team?
As a member of this team, you will play a vital role in offering services to youth and their families faced with psychiatric illness and crises. Crisis work, psychoeducation to families, interacting with medical teams, understanding the bidirectional interaction of physical illness and mental illness, taking a developmentally and trauma-informed approach to care, locating community resources, building community relationships with key partners in the care of youth with neurodevelopmental disorders, and making discharge plans are key facets of this job. You will also engage in a rich academic environment with opportunities to interact and learn from other disciplines and enhance hospital based interventions and resources for youth with psychiatric illness and neurodevelopmental concerns. Advocacy for patients who have limited resources as well as scarce community resources will be essential. Advocacy for patients with mental illness who are highly stigmatized is a key social work function.
The Department of Social Work strives to foster an environment of respect, diversity and inclusion; a place where every person feels valued and can thrive.
What Perks and Benefits Can You Look Forward to?
- 2:1 match on retirement savings
- Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage starting on day one of employment
- Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and paid holidays
- Financial support for continuing education and certifications
The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.
You will be responsible for:
- Reviewing records, diagnostic assessment, symptom monitoring, care management and care coordination, evaluating and recording progress with respect to treatment goals, and ongoing collaboration with the patient’s medical home team while drawing on social work experience and ongoing assessment of patient needs.
- Providing family work, including psychoeducation, targeted psychotherapeutic interventions and use of effective communication, on both the CL team and Nyman Unit
- Aid with discharge planning on the CL team and Nyman Unit
- Participating in family and interprofessional team meetings in both the larger Children’s Hospital with the CL team, and on the Nyman Unit.
- This will require preparation, coordinate communications before and after meetings, and the ability to make case presentations accurately and concisely.
- Working directly with patients both face-to-face and by phone contacts. Some family work will occur via zoom or telephone.
- Brief therapeutic interventions drawing on evidence-based psychotherapies, psychoeducation, safety planning, assisting family members in understanding and supporting the patient, grief counseling, and referrals to community resources are some of the (skills needed) additional duties of (in) this position.
- A Master's degree in Social Work from a school accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
- A current license to practice social work in the State of Michigan.
- Previous experience with medical and mental health social work.
- Previous experience with youth with autism
- Previous experience with youth with chronic physical illness and psychiatric comorbidities
- Previous experience with youth with neurodevelopmental disorders
- Previous experience working in hospital-based settings with a preference for previous CL team experience
- Skilled in developing rapport and effectively communicating with a diverse patient population.
- Efficient, accurate assessment of patient needs and effective case dispositions.
- Effective organizational skills, flexibility, self-motivation, the ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks in a dynamic medical clinic.
- Independent, sound decision-making is necessary for success in this position.
- Effective collaboration with a large multi-disciplinary team.
- Proficiency in keeping accurate and timely clinical records by computer.
- Experience with evidence-based psychotherapeutic interventions (e.g., CBT, PST, ACT, DBT) and familiarity with brief, structured interventions (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral Activation) along with a basic knowledge of psychopharmacology.
- Experience and knowledge about the vast array of psychiatric disorders and their presentation in a hospital setting.
- Knowledge about suicide assessment and the impact on family system of a suicidal child. Evidence-based safety planning techniques required.
This is full time, 40 hour/week position. The typical schedule is Monday-Friday with start and end times 8:30-5:00.
This position will work out of two primary work site locations:
- C.S Mott Children’s Hospital Medical Units with your primary workspace at University Hospital
- Nyman Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, a child psychiatric unit embedded in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital on the 8th floor
This position may be under filled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. Advancement through the career ladder at the Expert or Clinical Scholar Level is required for placement in the MSW Senior Classification
University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidate upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.
Under Michigan law, a criminal history check including fingerprinting is required as a condition of transfer or employment for this position.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.
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