Associate Clinical Social Worker

    • Job Tracking ID: 512365-801273
    • Job Location: Petaluma, CA
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 27, 2021
    • Years of Experience: Any
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Summary: The Associate Clinical Social Worker will provide high-quality psychological services in an integrated
care setting. Partner as a flexible member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team to provide seamless care
for patients. Assess and diagnose mental health and chronic conditions. Design appropriate interventions to
meet patient needs, including coordinating care with community resources as needed. Provide effective,
evidence-based interventions to patients, and facilitate same-day and crisis services as needed. Work at
maximum potential to meet access and productivity needs while providing high quality care. Contributes to
clinic quality goals. Maintain all standards and complete all responsibilities toward accrual of supervised
professional experience toward license eligibility. Contribute to clinic quality goals and improvement efforts.
Perform other duties as assigned, including but not limited to after evening hours and assignment to outside
locations within PHC federal scope such as school-based clinics and homeless shelters.

Areas of Responsibility:


Participation in Integrated Care Team:
• Functions as collaborative member of integrated care team
• Readily accepts warm handoffs and provides follow-up recommendations to referring provider
• Shares skills and interventions with members of integrated team to facilitate coordinated treatment


Assessment:
• Consistently uses screening tools to assess mood, risk, and progress in treatment
• Appropriately and expediently diagnoses mental health disorders based on DSM-V criteria


Intervention Design:
• Determine appropriate level of treatment for individual patients and episodes of care
• Coordinate care with community resources as appropriate
• Utilize outcomes-based practice tools to ensure high quality patient care and tailor delivery of brief
interventions
• Works collaboratively with Behavioral Health leadership to develop treatment programs specific to
patient populations and treatment needs


Intervention Delivery:
• Provides psychological assessment and brief treatment to individuals and families
• Documents progress/data in medical records using objective, measurable methods
• Treats psychological disorders to effect change
• Selects approach to use in brief individual therapy and modifies
• Collaborates with Psychiatrists and other specialists in developing treatment recommendations


Access and Productivity:
• Works at maximum potential to meet productivity requirements in order to improve patient access
and fiscal viability while maintaining quality care
• Adheres to health center standards for productivity as defined by the medical director and senior
management
• Facilitates same-day access for patients in need of Behavioral Health treatment or assessment


Professional Development and Relationships:
• Utilizes Continuing Education resources to ensure compliance and skills necessary to practice in PHC
treatment model. Willingly seeks additional training when needed in order to successfully fulfill job
requirements
• Models clear communication and conflict resolution skills with coworkers and patients
• Continually assesses needs of community and patients, and trends in psychology, to ensure cuttingedge
treatment
• Participates in quality improvement initiatives. Adheres to quality assurance guidelines and aids the
health center in reaching its clinical quality goals. Adheres to nationally recognized health care
standards
• Knows and follows clinic policies and procedures
• Demonstrates competent knowledge in delivering behavioral health services to patients through
peer review as established through the medical staff bylaws, recommendations of each licensing
Board, and clinic Quality improvement Program
• Supports and contributes in a positive manner to clinic efforts to maintain and improve patient
satisfaction in all aspects of care delivery
• Meets all time commitments by arriving on time to the clinic and working entire shift or more as
needed
• Attends and actively participates in supervision for oversight of clinical work. Responsible for
maintaining all records and communication for licensing eligibility and for the acquisition of a license
when hours are complete.
• Willingly performs other duties within the scope of practice as assigned

Experience and Skills:

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required.


Education/Experience:
• Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited School of Social Work


Desired Skills:
• Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition
and experience to complement data
• Technical Skills - Pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build
knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others
• Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; responds promptly to
customer needs; responds to requests for service and assistance
• Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps
emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things
• Oral/Written Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations;
listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; writes clearly and informatively
• Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports
and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes
timely decisions
• Professionalism - Approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others
with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own
actions; follows through on commitments
• Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; reports potentially unsafe conditions
• Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes
approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or
unexpected events


Licenses and Certifications:
• A valid and active Associate Clinical Social Worker registration issued by the California Department
of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral Sciences.
• Active and valid Associate Clinical Social Worker registration must be maintained continuously until
successful completion of the examination process for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
• Registered Associate Clinical Social Workers must obtain licensure within six (6) years from the
original date of registration with the California Department of Consumer Affairs, Board of Behavioral
Sciences. Failure to obtain licensure within the aforementioned timeframes may result in
termination.
• Basic Life Support required.


Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals,
technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and
procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of
managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Our desired candidate would have 1,000 or fewer hours to complete before licenser and who might be seeking a professional home after the completion of hours.