The Therapist MS provides comprehensive assessments,
coordination, planning, and implementation of a psychosocial
treatment plan for patients in respective department. (Community
Health, Cares Palliative Care, Cancer Center Community Program
etc.). This role aims to promote optimal mental health by providing
ongoing psychosocial support and services to patients and their
families for adjustments to illness, grief, addiction and other
psychosocial stressors. Works with an interdisciplinary team to
achieve treatment goals. Utilizes a variety of factors to evaluate
patients biopsychosocial needs. Develops a treatment plan and a
comprehensive termination of treatment/discharge plan. Documents
objective and accurate data regarding assessments and
interventions. Maintains working knowledge of community-based
resources, programs and social services. Educates patients and
families on their health care options and connects them with
May develop and facilitate support groups, and workshops as
needed. May serve as a resource and preceptor to MSW and MFT
interns. May provide input on treatment schedules, patient
assignments, and/or crisis interventions as requested by Clinical
Manager. Performs other duties as assigned.
Job Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies
Diversity - Able to demonstrate the knowledge and practice of
Diversity in the workplace. Able to work with a diverse group of
people in a manner that enables them to reach their full potential,
in pursuit of organizational objectives, without anyone being
advantaged or disadvantaged by irrelevant considerations.
Equipment Knowledge Knowledge of equipment, tools, technology
and other devices in work area and the ability to use them to the
extent required for the job. For clinical position this includes
equipment and devices pertinent to treatment, procedures and
Interpersonal Skills - Listens to and understands what others
are saying. Establishes effective working relationships with
others, contributing to a climate of mutual respect and
cooperation. Uses vocabulary and grammar appropriate to the
situation. Demonstrates sensitivity and tact, understanding own
effect on the motivation, attitudes and actions of others. Makes
favorable first impressions.
Job Knowledge - The knowledge and understanding of concepts and
procedures needed to be successful in the job. For clinical
positions, this includes clinical procedures required by department
and unit, as demonstrated by unit-based competency testing.
Ability to speak and write effectively, demonstrates fundamental
command of language, communicates well using all mediums.
Patient Counseling - The art of giving advice or guidance in a
specific area of expertise or knowledge such as social, medical,
management, financial, and education. Such guidance is intended to
result in a problem solved, information provided, and possibly a
plan of action for the person seeking assistance.
Patient Safety Embraces the principle of keeping patients safe
by following safety policies and procedures, treating people with
respect, and speaking up in Patient Safety related situations
Patient and Family Sensitivity - Demonstrates support and
empathy as well as conveying knowledge to patients and families in
a non-judgmental manner that encourages questions.
Travel Position may require local travel between various
Organization Behavioral Competencies
Trust & Accountability
Demonstrates honest and ethical behavior. Takes responsibility
for both words and actions. Acts with integrity. Maintains patient
Uses resources, equipment and finances appropriately.
Demonstrates the functional and technical skills to do the job
effectively. Willing and actively shares his/her knowledge with
others. Accepts changes and adapts to new situations and
Delivers superior customer service consistent with the Hoag
Experience. Displays a professional image. Demonstrates tact,
diplomacy and understanding when dealing with difficult situations.
Listens and asks questions to understand patient and customer
needs. Builds relationships with internal customers and employees.
Admits mistakes and takes service recovery to steps to ensure any
issues or problems are quickly addressed. Ensures that all
information and services provided are safe, accurate, and available
in a timely manner and meet regulatory requirements.
Brings forth creative ideas (ones own or others) to address
patient, physician, customer, and community needs. Looks for
creative or new ways to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.
Adopts new processes, techniques and methods. Stays current with
technologies and advances in his/her area, department and/or
Education and Experience
Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW)
Experience in clinical assessments and crisis intervention in a
hospital or acute care setting preferred
Education and Experience required varies by department.
Department specific requirements are as follows:
Community Health: Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) or
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from an accredited school
required. Experience in clinical assessments and crisis
intervention as well as experience with culturally diverse patients
Bilingual or multilingual preferred.
Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI): Masters Degree in Social Work
(MSW) and experience in an acute care setting required
Diabetes Center: Minimum of 2 years MSW experience, preferably
in an acute healthcare setting or equivalent work experience
License Required: None
License Preferred: None
Certifications Required: None
Certifications Preferred: None