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University of Rochester Sr Social Worker (S) - 228511 in Rochester, New York

Sr Social Worker (S) Job ID 228511

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

Full Time 40 hours Grade 055 Psychiatry SMH Social Work











Description of Patient Population:

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

    The senior social worker assigned to the Mobile Crisis Team (Youth and Adult) has administrative and supervisory responsibilities. He/she may also function clinically as a primary evaluator providing social work assessment, and crisis intervention and treatment to complex mentally ill patients who are at risk in a variety of outreach settings, including group homes, shelters, patients’ homes, and other sites across Monroe County. Through psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, resource consultation, and brief treatment, psychosocial risk may be minimized and Emergency Department utilization decreased. The senior social worker is responsible for clinical supervision of staff, hiring, coordination, and delivery of crisis services for/by all Mobile Crisis Team staff. He/she collaborates with the Mobile Crisis Team Clinical Director to monitor quality and quantity of services provided.


    Administrative (30%)

  • As member of the interdisciplinary leadership team for the Mobile Crisis Team, collaborates to develop and implement policies, procedures, and programs. Ensures staffing coverage 365 days/year per standard set hours.

  • Provides administrative oversight, supervision, and case consultation to social work staff in the Mobile Crisis Teams. May also provide interdisciplinary supervision, as requested.

  • Acts as a liaison between the Mobile Crisis Team, CPEP, Social Work Division, Department of Psychiatry, Strong Memorial Hospital, and community agencies.

  • Attends monthly Social Work Division and Program Staff Meetings.

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

  • Participates in activities of the Social Work Division including, but not limited to timely completion of statistical reports/forms, time sheets and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory inservice training programs and UHS reviews.

  • Participates in routine committee process of the Social Work Division and the Mobile Crisis Teams, and complies with social work division and departmental quality improvement and staff development actives.

    Clinical (70%)

  • Provide psychosocial assessment to patients in outreach settings (i.e., group homes, shelters, patients’ homes) who are at exceptional psychosocial risk as needed.

  • Provides psychiatric crisis intervention and treatment in the community to help stabilize patients.

  • Provides clinical leadership to Mobile Crisis Team in the field. Exercises considerable independent judgment with respect to assessment and treatment of psychiatric patients in outreach settings.

  • Responsible for ensuring assessment of safety of scene prior to deployment of Mobile Crisis Team and accessing need for law enforcement services to ensure safety of Mobile Crisis Team in the field.

  • Involves family and other mental health treatment providers as necessary in interventions.

  • Promotes and ensures continued staff education around multicultural factors, which affect care and treatment of patients.

  • Ensures that proper treatment and referral protocols are followed with respect to child abuse, domestic violence, consultation with specialty clinics, and referral both within and outside of SMH.

  • Documents social work treatment in patient's chart in compliance with Division, Department and Hospital policy.

  • Participates in on-call activities of the Mobile Crisis Team, including after hours and daily on-call.

  • Provides back up Social Work services as requested to other unit/programs during the absence of certain co-workers.

    Teaching (TBD)

    Based on experience and as determined by the social work supervisor may supervise social work graduate students, psychiatric residents, medical students, and family medicine residents assigned to the Psychiatric Emergency Program. Supervision relates to psychosocial assessment and crisis intervention with patients and family

    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 senior social worker's professional performance is supervised by a Social Work Division supervisor who is licensed by the State of New York (LCSW).


  • The social worker is accountable administratively and clinically to their 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 and CPEP 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 Mobile Crisis Team Clinical Director for providing professional social work services in accordance with the policies and standards established by the Program and the Department of Psychiatry.


    Social work evaluations are conducted annually by the social worker's supervisor, with input from the Mobile Crisis Team Clinical Director. Salary and promotional recommendations are made by the social worker's supervisor in consultation with the appropriate Social Work Division personnel. Salary increases and professional recommendations are subject to guidelines established by the Social Work Division, Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester.


    Master's degree from an accredited school of social work and two years professional social work practice beyond the Master's degree. Licensure as a social worker, as defined by the State Board for Social Work, State Education department, Division of Professional Licensing Services is required. If licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 18 months within which to obtain it. Licensure as an LCSW/LCSW-R and experience as a supervisor preferred.


    This position description is reviewed annually by the social worker and his/her supervisor. Position review provides opportunity for comment from the Medical Director of the Program and for updating, as needed. Similarly, if a new social worker is hired for the position, a review and update of the position description should occur. Changes in the position description are recommended by the supervisor, in consultation with the Medical Director of the Program. Any position description modifications are authorized by the Social Work Division Clinical Manager for Psychiatry.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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