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University of Rochester Social Worker - 221817 in Rochester, New York

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Strong Memorial Hospital

Full/Part Time


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Full Time 40 hours Grade 053 Social Worker








Description of Patient Population:

X Adults 18 & above (age range)


The social worker clinician assigned to the Strong Ties ACT team is responsible for providing psychosocial assessment and social work treatment to individuals ages 18 and older who are severely and persistently mentally ill. This is provided through the social worker's participation on an ACT outreach team designed to provide comprehensive community based psychiatric care. The social worker functions a general therapist for assigned patients and provides direct clinical service including individual and family therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and community outreach. The social worker may collaborate in policy and program development, operations managing, and plan program activities for the Strong Ties ACT Team.


A. Administrative (5%)

E. 1 Attends Social Work Division, Social Work in Psychiatry and Program staff meetings as appropriate.

E. 2 Ensures that Social Work Division, Department, and Hospital policies and procedures are implemented with regard to professional practice and patient care.

E. 3 Participates in routine committee process of the Social Work Division, and facilitates Division and Hospital quality assurance and staff development activities.

E. 4 Participates in activities of the Social Work Division including, but not limited to time reporting and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and UHS reviews.

E. 5 Subscribes to the Departmental of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.

E. 6 Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties.

B. Clinical (95%)

E. 1 Provides cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis including education about stress-vulnerability and symptom management. Provides interventions based on the OMH Wellness Self-Management curriculum, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Toolkit, and the Integrated Dual Diagnosis (IDDT) model.

E. 2 Assists clients in maintaining themselves in the community, including finding and furnishing apartments, setting up financial budgets, applying for entitlements, and learning skills of daily living.

E. 3 Transports clients as needed to appointments and assists clients in moving or shopping.

E. 4 Participates in a client on-call phone rotation with other ACT team members approximately once every five weeks.

E. 5 Provides individual, group, family and behavior therapy that is problem-specific and goal oriented; uses a therapeutic approach which is consistent with evidence-based practices for a particular problem; emphasizes social/interpersonal competence; addresses self-defeating beliefs, expectations, and behaviors that disrupt the recovery process; and considers a recipient's strengths, needs, and cultural values.

E. 6 Provides feedback to the treatment team regarding client's progress in recovery, facilitates, and supervises the placement of clients in other community programs as necessary to meet recovery goals and/or needs.

E. 7 Prepares a written assessment of client skills, deficits and growth potential

E. 8 Serves as liaison between ACT program and other community agencies that provide recovery support and related services for clients who choose to avail themselves of additional services/opportunities.

E. 9 Administer breathalyzer tests and obtain toxicology samples per client's AOT court order. Provide weekly reports to AOT for those on their caseload who have an AOT court order.

E. 10 Documents treatment in patient's chart in compliance with Division, Department, and Hospital Policy.

E. 11 May provide backup social work services as requested to other units/programs during the absence of certain co-workers.

C. Teaching

NE. 1 Based on experience and as determined by the social work supervisor, the social worker may supervise social work graduate students. Upon invitation from the Program Director and in consultation with the social work supervisor, he/she may offer learning experiences for psychiatric residence, medical students, and family medicine residence. Supervision relates to psychosocial assessment and intervention with patients and their families.

D. Research

NE. 1 Based on experience/interest, may part1c1pate in interdisciplinary research as determined by the Social Work Supervisor, in consultation with the Social Work Clinical Manager in Psychiatry.


A. Supervision/ Consultation

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

B. Accountability

  • The social worker is accountable clinically and administratively and 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 ACT Team Leader for providing professional social work services in accordance with the policies and standards established by the Service and the Department of Psychiatry.

C. Evaluation

Social work evaluations are conducted annually by the social worker's supervisor with commentary from the ACT Team Leader and/or designee. Annual 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 promotional recommendations are subject to guidelines established by the Social Work Division, Strong Memorial Hospital and the University of Rochester.


The social worker who occupies this position must have a MSW from an accredited social work graduate program and a New York State social work license. This position also requires experience in at least two years' experience working with the SPMI population or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid New York State Driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.


This position description is reviewed annually by the social worker and his/her supervisor. Position review provides opportunity for comment from the ACT Team Leader, 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 ACT Team Leader. Any position modification is authorized by the Social Work Division Clinical Manager for Psychiatry.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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