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Position Details

Department: PCH-MAIN | LCSW - Therapy
Category: Care Mgmt/Social Wrk/Case Mgr
Location: Phoenix
Posting #: 632118
Date Posted: 12/1/2021
Employee Type: Regular

Position Summary

Posting Note: Phoenix Children's Hospital Gender Support program is seeking a licensed mental health therapist for a unique and exciting opportunity to join our Gender Support Program - the only comprehensive gender support clinic in Arizona. We provide outpatient services geared towards supporting the physical, emotional, and social health of gender diverse children and youth and their families as they progress through their gender identity development. Our specialists in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, nursing, psychology and pediatric mental health practice a gender affirmative model and determine the best treatment plan for each youth in collaboration with families, physicians, mental health therapists, and other specialists that may be involved in their care. Our mental health therapist will serve as the primary contact for patient and families establishing care and cared for in our program as it relates to their social and emotional support needs. They will perform initial assessments, identify emotional and social support needs, deliver brief behavioral health interventions and direct therapy,  provide information and referrals, and extend any necessary care navigation support across various aspects of transition. The position offers the opportunity to participate in shared decision making with members of our multi-disciplinary team and to collaborate with other health care professionals and community service organizations, including family support groups and youth development programs. Prior experience in working with gender diverse children and youth and performing assessments for gender dysphoria consistent with WPATH (World Professional for Transgender Health) guidelines is required. Schedule: M-F 8:00 -5:00 Location: 1919 East Thomas Rd, Phoenix, A 85016 Requirements: Current AZ license conferred by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Licensed Professional Counselor; and/or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior experience in working with gender diverse children and youth and performing assessments for gender dysphoria consistent with WPATH (World Professional for Transgender Health) guidelines is required.

This position provides clinical assessment, therapeutic interventions, care coordination, transition planning and emotional support to patients and families at PCH as an independently licensed social worker. Participates as an interdisciplinary team member providing interventions with the patient/family that include a range of care from bio-psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, crisis interventions, coordination of care, bereavement support, and transition/discharge planning. The position requires knowledge of family systems and interpersonal dynamics/relationships and is able to use that knowledge to assist patients and families in achieving therapeutic goals. Knowledge of mandated reporter responsibilities; use of financial, community and other resource networks; coordination with DCS, Police jurisdictions, and other governmental authorities; ability to advocate with outside systems; and, collaborate with medical staff. The position may provide individual, group, family therapeutic interventions for an assigned caseload and bill independently for those services. The position is responsible for implementation of patient treatment assignments, management of open patient records, and for collaborating with outside referral sources as applicable. May provide clinical supervision if approved by the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

PCH Values

  • Family-Centered care that focuses on the need of the child first and values the family as an important member of the care team
  • Excellence in clinical care, service and communication
  • Collaborative within our institution and with others who share our mission and goals
  • Leadership that set the standard for pediatric health care today and innovations of the future
  • Accountability to our patients, community and each other for providing the best in the most cost-effective way.

Position Duties

  1. Psychosocial assessments and Interventions
    • Assesses the bio-psychosocial status, which may include, but not be limited to, mental health status, diagnostic impressions, support systems, safety issues, risk for abuse/ neglect, suicide risk assessment, evaluates clients for appropriateness of placement, coping skills, family systems, and cognitive abilities, etc.
    • Identifies therapeutic goals to assist patient and family in improving family functioning, mental health, goal attainment, enhanced self-sufficiency, improve medical adherence, etc.
    • Identify any barriers that impeded treatment and/or recovery, and help patient/family identify strengths and build on protective factors to assist with success at discharge, and collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to identify treatment plan goals and objectives to facilitate timely and efficient discharges and to participate in proactive transition/ discharge planning.
  2. Documentation
    • Completes clinical record documentation in a timely manner and provides information to coordinate care, confirm demographic information, provide recommendations to assist colleagues and medical team with disposition planning as required by facility procedures.
    • Completes handoff documentation to Social Work Department per Department procedures.
    • Creates documentation to bill for services, as appropriate.
  3. Coordination of Care
    • Develops plans and coordinates effective treatment interventions, develops comprehensive treatment plans, designs and implements therapeutic interventions for patients, accordingly.
    • Cultivates and maintains effective interaction/ communication with members of the medical staff, nursing staff, case managers, peers and families to facilitate care coordination provide and continuity of care.
    • Develop treatment goals and objectives of disciplines involved in patient care, plans and coordinates effective treatment interventions, develops and implements discharge planning
    • As necessary, initiate and/or attend care conferences, interdisciplinary team rounds, and/or critical incidents/stress debriefings
    • Perform care coordination and monitor patients as they transition between outpatient and inpatient service.
    • Refers cases identified as risk management issues, peer review issues, or quality issues to appropriate departmental units.
    • Participates in hospital and departmental operations initiatives to improve care delivery methods.
    • As unit based allotted, conducts or facilitates individual, group and family therapy meetings in the form of process groups, didactic groups; holds regular update meetings with families; provides patient and family education regarding chemical dependency, behavioral health, relationship issues.
    • Reviews open patient records to assure compliance with policy and procedures and delivery of services per treatment plan, accordingly
    • Develops home contracts, level contracts, goals and objectives, accordingly.
  4. Education
    • Maintains professional competency by regularly participating in a variety of educational programs and in services, reviewing relevant professional publications, participating in community based committees related to service line responsibilities, and/or participating in professional societies to ensure ongoing awareness of current methodologies, practices and philosophies as applied to the patient care population.
    • Maintains current knowledge of community and other resources networks to meet patient and family needs, provides relevant resources, and assist, as necessary with connecting the patient/ family to the relevant resources.
    • Transplant social workers receive ongoing education in the field of transplantation.
    • If approved by the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, may provide clinical supervision in accordance with Board requirements
  5. Performs miscellaneous job related duties as requested.

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Position Qualifications

Please review the following qualifications and specify whether you meet each of the requirements listed.
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Masters’ degree from an accredited school in the field of social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, psychology or related behavioral health field. Required
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Child Protection experience. Preferred
2. Three years post-Masters social work experience in a health or behavioral health care setting. Preferred
3. Pediatric social work experience. Preferred
Do you meet this requirement?
1. Current AZ license conferred by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW); Licensed Professional Counselor; and/or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Required
2. Must be eligible to be added to relevant insurance panels. Required
3. CPR/First Aid and CPI training or the ability to obtain at hire. Preferred
4. Valid AZ Department of Public Safety (DPS) Fingerprint Clearance Card Required
Do you meet this requirement?
Special Skills
1. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Required
2. Effective decision-making, problem solving skills, demonstration of creativity in problem solving, patient and family strengths, influential leadership skill. Required
3. Critical thinking skills and ability to anticipated patient discharge needs. Required
4. Ability to assess symptoms and develop diagnostic impressions and treatment plans. Required
5. Moderate to expert computer skills. Required
Physical Requirements & Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential
1. Physical Requirement - Fine Motor Skills (pinching, gripping, etc) Occasionally
2. Physical Requirement - Hearing Constantly
3. Physical Requirement - Pushing/pulling Occasionally
4. Physical Requirement - Reaching Occasionally
5. Physical Requirement - Sitting Constantly
6. Physical Requirement - Standing Constantly
7. Physical Requirement - Stooping/crouching/kneeling/crawling Occasionally
8. Physical Requirement - Talking Constantly
9. Physical Requirement - Walking Constantly
10. Physical Requirement - Near Vision Constantly
11. Physical Requirement - Far Vision Constantly
12. Physical Requirement - Use of keyboard, mouse and/or computer equipment Constantly
13. Physical Requirement - Lift up to 35 pounds without assistance Occasionally
14. Occupational Exposure/Risk Potential - Inside office environment Applicable
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