The Movement Disorder Program at Butler Hospital is seeking a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker to join their Program. The Clinical Therapist will work as the Parkinson Disorder Information and Referral Coordinator for RI as well as carry a caseload of patients in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Department. In this position, the Clinical Therapist serves as the key mission “expert” who develops, implements, and connects people with Parkinson disease and their caregivers to services, and ensures education and support to healthcare professionals and the general public to further APDA’s goals and finally to achieve its mission: Strength in Optimism. Hope in Progress.
The ideal candidate is familiar with the Center’s geography and culture, has knowledge of Parkinson’s disease, the health-care, social service and fundraising environments; has relationship-building skills and communications strengths; and possesses ability to multi-task, deliver exceptional customer service, and utilize keen problem solving and judgment skills.
The Clinical Therapist will work 20 hours per week as the Information and Referral Coordinator and 10 hours per week seeing patients in the Outpatient Behavioral Health Department.
Primary Responsibilities as the Information and Referral Coordinator:
Maintains a working knowledge of APDA, Parkinson disease, treatment options and health care trends impacting our constituents
Accountable for day-to-day program delivery, including the provision of information and referral to individuals impacted by PD, facilitating the establishment and maintenance of support groups, and coordinating educational and awareness events and health and wellness activities.
Responsible for execution and planning of at least 2-3 annual educational conferences and symposiums.
Communicate regularly with all support groups, including annual visitations to support groups to share relevant Parkinson’s information
Ensure referral lists are up to date and accessible
Facilitate the distribution of educational materials in the community
Identify program efficiencies and opportunities to better reach underserved communities through provider and community outreach and ongoing program improvements
Cultivate relationships with key medical professionals in the Parkinson field
Ensures the confidentiality and security of all information
Revenue Generation and Stewardship:
Research and solicit grants and sponsorship in support of educational programs, and cultivate partnerships with other philanthropic organizations and individuals
Engage patients, caregivers, and health care providers to volunteer for campaigns, donor development and mission-related activities
Cultivate and maintain excellent relationships with donors, funders, and stakeholders
Compile and disseminate e-news, marketing and mailings
Represent APDA by serving as spokesperson at meetings, conferences, the press/media
Serve as a community liaison at community events and meetings to promote APDA and raise participation
Primary Responsibilities as a Clinical Therapist:
Carries caseload of patients under the supervision of the Program Director
Evaluates, diagnoses and treats a wide range of psychosocial problems in order to assist patients and their families in the resolution of personal and environmental problems attributable to psychiatric issues which prevent patient from achieving their highest level of psychosocial functioning.
Perform a comprehensive psychosocial assessment of assigned patients:
Apply knowledge of Psychiatric Diagnosis (DSM V).
Perform and record mental status examination.
Assess clinical emergencies, including suicide and danger to others.
Collect pertinent data from appropriate collateral sources in accordance with confidentiality guidelines.
Maintain confidentiality in accordance with organizations policy and legal requirements.
Develop and present, verbally and in writing, a clear clinical formulation based on behavioral data and relevant theory while incorporating psychosocial and family issues.
Use psychiatric consultation and intervention when clinically appropriate.
Use knowledge to decide appropriate levels of care in order to refer to various points in the continuum of care.
Complete record keeping in accordance with Health Information Services and other contractual requirements:
Complete progress notes with appropriate format.
Develop and implement a plan of care with ongoing consumer input.
Complete a clear, specific, behaviorally oriented treatment plan as required, with patient signature.
Monitor confidentiality in accordance with policy and legal requirements.
Maintain cooperative relationships with other employees, patients and the public:
Communicate effectively with staff, representatives of other agencies and the public.
Work in cooperation with co-workers and supervisory staff.
Maintain licensure by completing required CEUs.
Other duties may be assigned.
Master’s degree and Independent licensure required (LICSW).
Minimum of five years’ experience in a healthcare, health education, social service, or related field, designing and delivering community-based patient and caregiver programs and services, preferably in a non-profit setting.
Must be organized, able to function in a calm manner during crisis situations and have demonstrated sound clinical judgment.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as operating instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively with consumers, clinical personnel at the hospital and other agencies, and Center staff.
Ability to solve problems and deal with a variety of complex variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build relationships with all levels of volunteers and staff.
Ability to acquire funding and underwriting for patient-centered programs and services.
Demonstrated problem-solving and decision making skills.
Ability to effectively organize time, work independently, handle confidential material, and work well under pressure.
Ability to work in cross-functional teams.
Willingness and ability to travel as required to perform job.
Computer proficiency in database management, MS Office/Outlook, social media and marketing platforms.
Proficiency and knowledge of social media platforms, (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram).
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.