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Department of Social Services (MSH) - Req Number: 2618084
Job Title: Social Worker – Pediatrics (Dialysis & Renal Transplant)
Pediatric Renal Service (Monday to Wednesday)
The social worker will be responsible for providing comprehensive and continuous social work services to children with renal disease and to their family members three days per week in collaboration with the current pediatric renal social worker. Patients are followed in ambulatory care settings and in various in-patient pediatric settings, including the PICU and in the dialysis unit. The social worker assists families with the impact of the diagnosis of a renal disorder or end stage renal disease and its implications throughout the course of the illness and through varied treatments including dialysis and transplantation. The social worker functions as a member of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, a child life specialist and others and participates in a range of team-based activities including quality assurance and the development of mandated short and long term care plans. The worker must be able to deliver individual, family and group level interventions with the goal of facilitating the child and family’s adherence to care. Of critical importance is the ability to collaborate with multiple hospital and community based resources and programs in order to enable a child to fully participate in treatment. In addition, this program is highly regulated; therefore, applicant must have strong organizational and writing skills to comply with regulatory requirements for documentation including initial psychosocial evaluations, transplant evaluation as mandated by federal standards, quarterly assessments, and short and long term treatment planning.
Developmental Pediatrics (Thursday to Friday)
The role of the social worker in the Developmental Pediatrics unit is to support the work of the Developmental Pediatricians in providing comprehensive outpatient care for patients ages 0-21 years old. The Developmental Pediatricians provide evaluation and treatment for a wide range of developmental and/or physical diagnoses including Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, Learning disabilities, Autism spectrum disorders, Behavioral problems, Speech and language problems, Cerebral palsy, congenital developmental disorders and more. The social worker has two primary responsibilities: to support the work of the developmental pediatrician and to provide direct support to patients and families. Social work responsibilities include but are not limited to: providing in-person support to patients/families around new diagnoses or ongoing management and treatment of the child’s condition; telephonic support with families; ongoing collaboration with outside service providers including schools, therapists, case managers; expertise on local resources (i.e. special education extracurricular activities, therapy providers, social skills groups) as well as relevant New York State policies and programs (i.e. Section 504, Medicaid waiver programs, OPWDD); administrative tasks and form completion; development and implementation of research studies related to developmental conditions and treatments; and providing social work teaching sessions with residents in rotation. The social worker in this role must be comfortable working independently and proactively in order to anticipate and meet the needs of this patient population and the medical team.
• New York State LMSW or LCSW.
• Skills in psychosocial assessment and knowledge of child/adolescent development.
• Strong organizational and writing skills.
• Experience providing social work services to children and adolescents in hospital settings preferred.
• Experience balancing the demands of a multi-site social work position and working within a large medical team.
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