At The Medical Center of Aurora, our team of behavioral health specialists is dedicated to working with patients throughout their entire behavioral health treatment and beyond.
Using cognitive, evidence-based therapies heavily influenced by Marsha M. Linehan’s dialectical behavior therapy techniques, we offer behavioral health treatments designed for yours or a loved one’s success.
Our holistic approach to care means that we treat the whole person, and we recognize the importance of emotional, physical, and medical issues.
Our behavioral health programs recognize the importance of treating patients as individuals who have many unique qualities and needs.
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This position supports the mission of The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza of optimizing the quality of life of all those served by expanding beyond the traditional focus on medical needs to the needs of the whole person.
The Lead Social Worker III is responsible for assisting the Director of Clinical Services in carrying out the mission of the Behavioral Health Services Department.
This includes traditional social work responsibilities such as: assessing the psychological, social, cultural and/or financial needs that impact the high-risk patients’ health and recovery, for completing initial assessments and treatment plans, documenting patients’ daily progress, participating in treatment team meetings to discuss patients’ progress and assist with discharge planning needs.
Needs to be familiar/comfortable with individual, group, and family therapy as these are the primary modalities utilized at the Medical Center of Aurora.
Has the ability to utilize counseling skills and clinical knowledge in the assessment of these needs and provide appropriate care.
Responsible and accountable for coordination of treatment with an interdisciplinary team, which provides a clinical and psychosocial approach through the continuum of care and balances individually identified patient and family needs with the efficacious and cost effective utilization of resources. In addition, the Lead Social Work III position is responsible for orienting, onboarding and training new employees.
The Lead Social Work position will assist the Director of Clinical Services in developing training protocols and streamlining processes, dividing tasks among the team including daily patient caseloads, overseeing team development and providing individual supervision to staff.
The Lead Social Work III will assist the Clinical Director with developing and implementing new unit protocols and projects, will provide clinical consultation to staff on certain cases to maximize patient’s progress.
The Lead Social Work III will carry a truncated patient caseload to accommodate for additional responsibilities, will serve as a liaison between the team and community entities, and when necessary arrange meetings between the two to facilitate coordination of care.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Colorado required.
Specialty certification in case management preferred.
Master Degree from an accredited university in Social Work required. Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) from and accredited school of social work preferred..
3-5 years recent clinical experience in counseling in an acute care setting.
5-7 years of recent clinical experience in an acute care setting preferred.
Experience with working with a variety of issues and population, including adolescents, adults and geriatrics.
Experience with working with substance abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, etc.
Must have excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and able to work with highly diverse population.
Must be knowledgeable of State and Joint Commission standards.
Must have ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and work in high stress environment.
Must be able to apply critical thinking and formulate diagnostic impressions based upon review of systems, history, symptoms and current presentation.
Must be able to provide crisis intervention and utilize system resources/referrals.
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