Stormont-Vail Healthcare Social Worker (Behavorial Health) in Topeka, Kansas


Social Workers are professionals trained to provide social work/case management services to patients, their families, and their support persons/systems. This includes the professional activity of assisting individuals, families, groups, organizations or communities to enhance or restore the patient’s capacity for social functioning and to create societal conditions favorable to their goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

 Participates in patient admission process (Inpatient, Outpatient, PHP, IOP) a) assists as needed with signing of voluntary papers, b) serves as hospital representative and patient advocate.

 Coordinates and facilitates behavioral health services for patients and their families throughout the entire Stormont Vail Health system including but not limited to: o Cotton O’Neil Clinic settings o Partial Hospital Program o Intensive Outpatient Program o Psychological Services o Outpatient Psychiatric Department o Outpatient Behavioral Health Services o Behavioral Health Admissions Department

o Clinical Liaison and Special Projects Manager – Behavioral Health

 Performs social work assessments, demonstrating awareness of the bio-psychosocial, cultural, developmental and spiritual ramifications of illness and hospitalization.

 Develops appropriate case management and/or treatment plan based upon assessment, client/family/caregiver specific concerns and recommendations of multidisciplinary care team.

 Addresses patient/family/caregiver understanding of and adjustment to the illness, to maximize benefits of intervention and enhance patient/family/caregiver functioning.

 Establishes supportive and therapeutic working relationship with patient/family/caregivers.

 Will accept referrals directly from Behavioral Health Clinical Staff and the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health. Referrals will be prioritized based upon the acute need of the patient. Review of referrals are to be conducted with the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health on a consistent basis. Workload will be determined by demand.

 Communicates in a clear and concise manner with patients/families/caregivers regarding patient status and progress. Adjusts communication style responsive to receiver.

 In the process of restoring the patient’s capacity for social functioning:

o Initiates discharge planning upon admission.

o Is responsible for assuring these plans are coordinated with internal and external multidisciplinary teams and are implemented. o Initiates and develops long term planning designed to reduce recidivism, referrals are to be made as indicated

 Develops and facilitates groups for patients and/or significant others as needed.

 Maintains professional levels of productivity and coordinates and prioritizes patient care related activities in an efficient and effective manner.

 Demonstrates initiative and provides problem solving and leadership in the development of new services which respond to patient care demands.

 Maintains confidentiality and complies with professional ethics according to professional, departmental and Medical Center standards.

 Actively participates and initiates when appropriate in patient care conferences.

 Provide patient education regarding diagnosis and treatment.

 Provide crisis and/or brief therapy for individual, family and group.

 Assess patient and family functioning at time of discharge or referral to another provider.


Requires Master's in Social Work (MSW) and one year medical experience or Bachelor's in Social Work and four years acute care/medical experience; Behavioral Health will accept Master Level Psychologists (LMLP), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) instead of MSW degree and licensure; must have State of Kansas licensure (ie: LBSW , LMSW , LMLP , LMFT or LPCC ).