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University of Rochester Social Worker (S) - 232581 in Rochester, New York

Social Worker (S) Job ID 232581

Location Strong Memorial Hospital Full/Part Time Part-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Part Time 20 hours Grade 053 Psychiatry SMH Social Work











X Pediatric(s) 5 - 12 X Adolescent(s) 12 - 18 X Adult(s) 18 and above X Geriatric(s) 65

The Social Worker who occupies this position provides clinical social work services in CPEP, according to identified service need as indicated by the Sr. Social Worker within CPEP. Priority assignment will be to cover and provide intervention and support to patients boarding in CPEP for admission. This involves performing a broad range of social work services with the full spectrum of the patient population served. He/she completes and responds to patient and family needs identified from psychosocial and family assessments. The social worker may initiate or formulate the discharge plan of care, in collaboration with patient, interdisciplinary team, and identified formal and informal supports. The social worker may provide interventions in modalities of, but not limited to, individual sessions, rounding, family sessions, agency meetings, groups, and/or phone conferences. The social worker develops and maintains relationships with community and outpatient providers to facilitate a fluid transition and continuity of care for patients discharged from CPEP or admitted to an inpatient unit.

Administrative (5%)

  • Ensure that Hospital, Department, and Social Work Division policies and procedures are implemented with regard to patient care, discharge planning, and professional practice.

  • Comply with Social Work Division and Departmental quality improvement and staff development activities.

  • Participate in activities of the Social Work Division including timely completion of time reporting and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and UHS reviews.

  • Attend Social Work Division and Program Staff meetings, as required.

  • Subscribe to the Departmental goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.

  • Participates in available cultural competence events and training appropriate to job duties.

Clinical (93%)

  • Functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team and participates in patient rounding.

  • Complete the psychosocial risk screen and document in eRecord within 24 hours of admission during usual business hours or by the first business day of an inpatient hospitalization. In addition to performing ongoing psychosocial risk assessments throughout the patient’s admission.

  • Identifies and coordinates safe and timely discharge plan with treatment team, patients/families and ensures a comprehensive discharge plan.

  • Provides individual, family and group interventions in response to identified psychosocial risks.

  • Identifies contacts and coordinates with outpatient providers/agencies to facilitate continuity of care and discharge planning for the patient. Assesses agency involvement and mobilizes family and/or appropriate community resources to support the patient’s successful functioning post discharge.

  • Provides education to patients and families related to internal and community resources, referrals, advocates and supports patients, and their families in their efforts to interact with complex social service agencies involved in their care.

  • Facilities patient’s access to needed financial resources and/or benefits to ensure payment mechanisms for hospitalization, outpatient treatment, medications and daily living needs upon discharge. Coordinates and collaborates with the identified utilization nurses if there are patient related insurance issues and/or need for transfer. Assists patients and families in dealing with the health system and finance office.

  • Documents interventions, assessments, patient/family/agency meetings, and/or referrals, in patient’s electronic medical record in compliance with Division, Department and Hospital policy.

  • Initiates and/or facilitates completion of protective referrals as indicated and ensures that the Division of Social work and Hospital policy and procedure is followed. Provides assistance to the team in the management and recording of child abuse cases. During normal business hours, the unit social worker serves as a consultant for all child abuse cases reported on the unit.

  • When on Child and Adolescent Inpatient unit, will complete school collaboration with patient’s identified school program and supports for continuity of care and assistance with return transition. When appropriate to encourage discharge plan with school, will coordinate and/or conduct meetings that include school personnel.

  • Initiates and/or facilitate completion of Safety Plan with patient/family prior to discharge from the hospital, making sure that it is documented in electronic medical record.

Teaching (2%)

  • Provide consultation and education to treatment team members, residents, trainees, medical students, and/or interns assigned to unit as needed, within scope of social work practice, and clinical indicated regarding issues, such as, domestic violence, adult and child protective services, and/or guardianship, and community resources.

  • The social worker may also function as a field supervisor in the social work intern program for social work students in graduate and/or undergraduate programs with direct supervisor approval

Research (TBD)

  • The social worker may participate in social work and/or interdisciplinary research endeavors as determined by the social work supervisor, in consultation with the Social Work Clinical Manager in Psychiatry.



  • The Social Work Division supervisor providing direct supervision is licensed by the State of New York to practice at a LMSW level and/or higher

  • The social worker will participate in regular supervision as scheduled with his/her social work supervisor.


  • The social worker is accountable administratively and clinically to his/her social work supervisor (and through him/her to the Social Work Division Clinical Manager in Psychiatry) for provision of social work services, and adherence to Social Work policies, procedures, and standards of professional conduct. The social worker’s job performance must conform to the expectations set forth in the position description.

  • The social worker is accountable to the Program and Medical Directors of the CPEP Leadership for providing professional social work services in accordance with the policies and standards established by the Department of Psychiatry, the Social Work Division, and University of Rochester Medical Center.


Social Worker evaluation is conducted annually by social work supervisor, with commentary from the Acute Services Leadership. Annual salary and promotional recommendations are made by the social worker’s supervisor in consultation with appropriate Social Work Division personnel. Salary increases and professional promotional recommendations are subject to guidelines established by the Social Work Division, University of Rochester Medical Center.


The social worker who occupies this position must have a MSW from an accredited social work graduate program and must obtain a New York State License within eighteen months of employment.


This position description is reviewed annually by the social worker and his/her supervisor. Position review provides opportunity for comment from the CPEP Leadership, and for updating, as needed. Similarly, if a new social worker is hired, a review and update of the position description should occur. The supervisor recommended position description changes, in consultation with CPEP Leadership. The Social Work Division Clinical Manager authorizes any position description modification for Psychiatry.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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