Clinical Social Worker - Mental Health Services - Full Time/Days in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 7/27/2020

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Job Description

Job Objective:

Under the direction of the Executive Director of Mental Health Services, responsible for providing high-quality patient care, displaying good skills in assessment, psychodiagnosis, treatment planning, group and individual treatment, family treatment, and discharge planning.  Expected to function well as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and participate in outpatient referral development process.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Therapy
    1.  Conducts individual psychotherapy sessions, displaying theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and competent treatment techniques
    2.  Conducts family therapy sessions, displaying theoretical knowledge of family therapy principals and competent treatment techniques
    3.  Conducts group therapy sessions, displaying theoretical knowledge of group therapy principals and competent group therapy technique
    4. Conducts educational group sessions, displaying theoretical knowledge of subject matter and effective communication skills in presenting materials
    5. Displays good interviewing, diagnostic and report writing skills
  2.  Discharge Planning
    1.  Engages in timely, efficient discharge planning. Works closely with the patient, family, nursing staff, and attending practitioner
    2.  Shows knowledge of referral/placement process and available community resources
    3.  Responsible for documenting referral of patients/family member to appropriate referral/outpatient agency in the medical record in a timely manner
    4. Completes psychosocial assessments and plan of care (discharge plan) on assigned patient within 72 hours of the patient’s admission
    5. Interacts with attending practitioners, giving them information on their patients continued need for hospitalization
    6. Completes progress notes timely and of high quality
    7. Summarizes all assessments from all disciplines in one written, narrative summary on assigned patients prior to patient’s plan of care being discussed in the weekly interdisciplinary treatment team meeting or patient’s discharge, whichever comes first
  3. Referral Development
    1.  Effectively participates in the referral development process
    2. Assists in keeping communication lines open between practitioners, managed care companies’ personnel and utilization review personnel
    3. Provides follow up with referral source when patients are denied admission to determine reason and try to mitigate barriers
    4. Assists in providing feedback between hospital staff and referring source
    5. Assist in locating suitable resources when a patient is not appropriate for admission or is ready for discharge
    6. Maintains a comprehensive referral source file

D. Teamwork

1.   Functions cooperatively as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team

2.   Provides feedback on program functioning

3.   Participates in department staff meetings, and on committees/teams as assigned.

4.   Functions as a resource to staff

5.   Demonstrates knowledge regarding special needs and behaviors of age specific groups


Non-Essential Duties:

  • Assists in special projects/assignments for Department as needed or as assigned


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of current American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic  and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

  • Knowledge of current counseling practice and procedures, including knowledge of the group process with the ability to facilitate group sessions

  • Knowledge of the American Psychiatric Association’s current diagnostic criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

  • Knowledge of effective and current means and methods pertaining to the delivery of psychotherapy practices and procedures including family and couple counseling

  • Knowledge of local community resources and referrals that can assist patients/family members in continued care needs, financial assistance, finding appropriate support groups, applying for Lanterman-Petris-Short conservatorships, placement and board and care homes, residential treatment, etc

  • Knowledge of the legal aspects of caring for mentally disordered or substance abusing patients



  • Skill in maintaining calm and reason in the face of high crisis situation when dealing with                patients/visitors in crisis

  • Skill in completing complicated documentation

  • Skill in communicating effectively with families and agencies, conveying a positive, professional          image


  • Ability to represent the department well in interactions both inside and outside the hospital

  • Ability to establish and maintain payer relationships



    AVH Values: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these values:

  • Patients Come First – We listen actively and communicate with our patients and families, placing safety as a top priority.
  • Accountability & Ownership – We fully complete tasks, are transparent, effectively communicate, and recognize that what we do reflects on us.
  • Teamwork – We build trusting relationships, promote a sense of community, and are respectful of everyone.  Success is about the whole team.
  • Integrity & Honesty – We tell the truth at all times, speak up when something is wrong, and do the right thing when no one is looking.
  • Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

    Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 

    An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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