The incumbent in this position will be working with adults suffering from severe and persistent mental illness and substance abuse issues on a 24 hour crisis hotline, as well as in the community. Responsibilities include: individual crisis counseling and assessment, monitoring psychiatric symptoms, community crisis response and supervision of 2 to 3 Psychiatric Social Worker IIs. The incumbent will consult with an interdisciplinary team and external agencies as necessary to promote person-centered recovery goals. The incumbent is considered essential personnel and must report to work in a state of emergency.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
- Interviews patients, clients, family members and/or persons deemed necessary to obtain the most complete case history.
- Refers or assigns cases to appropriate unit or staff for effective service delivery.
- Oversees the operation of a psychiatric social work unit.
- Provides technical guidance to professional and para-professional staff in a psychiatric setting, and monitors subordinates to assure quality level of services. Trains and orients new staff.
- Maintains a caseload, providing therapeutic treatment to clients and families.
- Provides consultation to staff to enable them to intervene in crisis situations or directly handles explosive situations.
- Assists in analysis of operations, making recommendations with a view to improving division/department policy and procedures.
- Participates in inter-disciplinary team conferences to formulate or evaluate a treatment plan.
- Prepares narrative statistical and court reports, if necessary. May prepare application forms for benefits or services.
- Provides consultative services to state and private agencies and may participate in community projects.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Psychiatric Social Worker III
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
- Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
- Three years experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs using effective counseling or interviewing techniques as well as other available resources such as service plans or case management systems.
- Three years experience in providing clinical treatment, counseling or determining eligibility for services or benefits as part of a treatment team.
- Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
- Six months experience in narrative report writing.
Additional Posting Information
Incumbents working four or more hours of work between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. the following day will receive 5% shift differential pay.
Conditions of Hire
Pre-employment Drug Testing: Upon a conditional offer, you must undergo pre-employment drug testing as part of the hiring process.
The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position. It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties. For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content. Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.
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