Full-time Psychiatric Social Worker is needed in the Opioid Treatment Program, operated by Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Division of Community Mental Hygiene. An employee in this class performs professional psychiatric casework. Knowledge of specialized casework techniques such as individual, group, family, play therapy and case management is required to accomplish the goal of rehabilitation and adjustment of mentally ill and/or chemically dependent persons. The work is concerned primarily with patients having mental, emotional and/or chemically dependent persons who therefore present special adjustment problems. The incumbent works closely with professional colleagues in planning and monitoring treatment progress, but is expected to work effectively and independently with a minimum of supervision. Considerable judgment and initiative is exercised in determining patient needs and treatment requirements. Does related work as required.
– Interviews patients at the OTP in order to complete evaluations to determine service needs;
– Refers patients whose needs cannot be met by the program to an appropriate agency equipped to address patient needs;
– Provides direct psychotherapy to patients of the OTP which would include emergency services when warranted;
– Performs casework and case management services with patients, relatives and collateral persons; or refers to available resources;
– Confers with relatives, collateral contacts and community agencies in order to best service patients;
– As part of a multi-disciplinary team, which may include Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists and other treatment professionals; participates in case conferences and staff meetings to discuss, diagnose and appropriately treat patients.
Graduation from a NYS or Regionally Accredited College or University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work; and One (1) year of experience as a Psychiatric Social Worker or One (1) year of study in a psychiatric setting.
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities:
Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of psychiatric social work; thorough knowledge of the functioning of mental hygiene out-patient services; thorough knowledge of the social and psychological aspects of mental disease, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, chemical dependency and respective treatment methods; good knowledge of community resources; ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with patients, colleagues, families of patients, other providers and social agencies; ability to write comprehensive casework and treatment records.
Type of license or certificate required:
Certification as Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) by the NYS Dept. of Education at the time of appointment; A valid NYS Driver’s License must be maintained throughout employment