Med Social Worker II- PD (ASW)Los Angeles, California
Mental health is an essential component of total health. As mental health professionals, we’re on the front lines every day, using the latest advances to help those in need. If you share our passion for care and our commitment to helping those around us, you’ll have the resources you need to make a real difference. Our services include adult and child therapy as well as help with addiction and eating disorders.
- Job Type: Full-time
- Job Level: Individual Contributor
- Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
These are the traits of the most successful members of our behavioral health team.
- Good listener
- Results driven
Our compensation and benefits are designed to help you and your family stay healthy and thrive in and beyond work.
Medical, Vision & Dental
Vacation, Holiday & Sick Leave
Supportive Teams & Resources
NOTE: Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups. *Offerings vary by location.
We offer a mental health environment that's unique both in the way we treat our patients and in the way we support our health care professionals. Here, we practice evidence-based care in a team setting that’s focused on the needs of the individual, the family and the population as a whole. This gives your patients the opportunity to work towards achieving their physical, mental, and behavioral health goals. On our teams, we hold social justice as a shared value and are committed to addressing and eliminating stigma associated with mental health and addiction. Working as part of a team also helps support your own career growth while you provide high-quality strengths-based, brief, solution-focused, and episodic mental health care.
What Our Employees Say
Psychiatric Social Worker
“Kaiser Permanente has been an excellent platform for me to grow as a professional. The organization has demonstrated its commitment to the continued growth of its employees through the training it offers and encourages. I’ve always resonated with the organization’s integrated approach to health care, and its recognition of how essential good mental health is to a person’s overall well-being.”
Licensed Certified Social Worker
“I would recommend and do recommend working for Kaiser Permanente. It’s a professional, clean, friendly, fast-paced environment and there is a real trust and respect for clinical staff no matter what role we serve. I love feeling valued and heard and am thankful to have found an environment that provides that.”
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
“This is the best place to work because of the commitment to the total health of our members, the work/life balance, the possibilities to use clinical skills in a variety of capacities within the organization and opportunities for personal and professional growth. As employees of Kaiser Permanente, we all have a voice and are encouraged to use it.”
Clinical Program Manager
“At Kaiser Permanente, I have opportunities to learn and work in a professional setting with people who are passionate about patient care. I love my career as a therapist and now as a manager! I really enjoy helping others and learning new interventions and modalities. These ensure my personal and professional growth.”
“Kaiser Permanente is a health care leader who sets trends and makes a difference in industry practices and protocols. I like the extraordinary resources available to do my job, the servant leadership of my manager and director, and the high standard of business and clinical ethics.”
PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
“We’re an innovative, vision-forward company. While Integrative-Care models are relatively new, we’ve been on the frontlines of building out a high-functioning integrated team for over a decade. Within this model of care, we’re pushed to think out of the box when it comes to patient care, be collaborative, and succeed in a fast-paced environment.”
PhD, Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical
“Kaiser Permanente demonstrates its commitment to their employees’, has a top-notch salary and compensation package, and has a leadership body that is well trained and supportive. As a Clinician and a Manager, I am very impressed with our commitment to quality outcomes. I have truly found a home here and would be honored for Kaiser Permanente to be my last professional stop in my career.”
PsyD, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Psych Social Worker
“Kaiser Permanente, in my opinion, is a great mix of professional, friendly and fast-paced. They allow me to be who I am and let me have a voice. I love being a therapist and I’m very proud and excited about the Gender Assessments and transgender group work being conducted. I’m helping the LGBT community and making this population feel comfortable throughout their care journey. Kaiser Permanente is a breath of fresh air to me in my work.”
“I appreciate how Kaiser Permanente strives to reflect inclusivity and representation throughout the organization. I’m excited about an internal clinic comprised of African American clinicians dedicated to supporting the health needs of the African diaspora. I’m proud to be part of committees that intentionally promote equity, inclusion and diversity. These things combined with the benefits, opportunities and people make Kaiser Permanente a great place to work.”
Med Social Worker II- PD (ASW)
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- Upholds Kaiser Permanentes Policies and Procedures, Principles of Responsibilities, and applicable state, federal and local laws.
- Quality of Clinical Services
- The Medical Social Worker II provides quality counseling services by assessing patient/family system needs then developing and implementing treatment plans in accordance with departmental and medical center policies, and in compliance with the I standards of the social work profession.
- Quality of clinical services is indicated by QM findings, case presentations, documentation review, staff and patient feedback and supervisory discussions.
- Performs a bio-psychosocial assessment interview with patient, family, and/or significant other according to department policy and standards.
- Provides appropriate crises intervention/treatment to adults, children and families in emergent situations including assessment, counseling, information/referral and providing consultation to physicians and healthcare team.
- Provides a professional interpretation of patients condition (i.e., situation, affect, behavior and verbal content) and recommends appropriate psycho-social intervention(s) and/or treatment plan.
- Develops culturally sensitive assessment that reflects departmental standards and includes: reasons for referral; source of referral; Informant name; physical/medical issues; interpersonal and social relations; emotional/psychiatric/adjustment issues including assessment of depression; role performance/social transition; community planning/resources (as indicated); legal/protective issues (as indicated)
- Provides appropriate counseling services to patients and/or family based on clinical assessment and consistent with patients on-going medical condition/needs.
- Performs relevant patient and family advocacy services within KP and the community.
- Provides patient education on subjects related to psycho-social adjustment to medical illness, individually, in classes or groups.
- Professional Knowledge The Medical Social Worker II takes responsibility for implementation of social work knowledge and values, standards of practice and enhancement of professional skills as demonstrated by chart reviews, case presentations, staff and patient feedback, supervisory discussions and attendance at conferences/classes.
- Assessment demonstrates ability to interpret the social, emotional and behavioral problems/elements as they relate to the patients medical condition and treatment.
- Knowledge of availability of KP and community resources consistent with treatment goals.
- Utilizes professional knowledge in facilitating staff and other meetings.
- Demonstrates knowledge of and observes department policies and procedures.
- Utilizes formal and informal education opportunities to increase professional knowledge base as demonstrated by attendance at appropriate and approved programs/workshops/in-services/etc.
- Demonstrates the integration of clinical social work theory into practice by appropriately utilizing clinical knowledge of bio-psychosocial development stages, personality development, human behavior, etc., to formulate assessment, direct treatment, and provide consultation and education to other team members.
- This includes integration of developmental theory and clinical practice in assessments and intervention specific to the age group served. A. NEONATES Substance Abuse Parent/Infant Bonding Family Relationships Safety Developmental Milestones Parental Coping/Acceptance Birth/death B. PEDIATRICS Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Substance Abuse Safety Legal Parent/Guardian/Child Relationships Developmental Milestones Family Relationships Peer Group School/Academic Performance C. ADOLESCENT Abuse/Neglect Reporting Substance Abuse Developmental Milestones Family Relationships Peer Group Relationships Sexuality Education D. ADULT Abuse/Neglect Reporting Substance Abuse Adequacy of Self-Care Developmental Milestones Sexuality Family Responsibilities E. GERIATRIC Elder Abuse/Neglect Reporting Substance Abuse Adequacy Of Self Care Support System Developmental Milestones Mental Status/Competency Mortality Interdisciplinary Functions as an effective team member, consultant, and liaison to medical, nursing and ancillary staff, and to community agencies, as measured by staff feedback (positive and negative), observation by supervisor, QM evaluations, and written communications.
- Demonstrates interdisciplinary approach, competent follow-up and communication of accurate information to team members.
- Assumes responsibility for patient, staff and system problems indicated by requests for involvement.
- Demonstrates awareness of the Departments mission, scope and vision in the context of the Medical Centers structure.
- As measured by established standards, maintains good rapport with: A. Peers and colleagues B. Community C. Physicians D. Other health care team members.
- Educates physicians and staff regarding the role of the social worker and the importance of addressing bio- psychosocial issues for quality patient care and service.
- Regularly participates as a team member in patient care conferences and planning meetings, and forms teams when indicated.
- Professional Conduct Demonstrates professional behavior and interventions are consistent with departmental policies and procedures, TJC, Title 22, NCQA, legal mandates, the NASW Code of Ethics and Standards for Social Work in Health Care Settings, and other Medical Center Guidelines.
- Utilizes supervision and consultation appropriately, as indicated by: regular attendance at supervisory/consultation sessions, identifying and discussing problem cases/situations with supervisor, seeking consultation with peers and being open to learning.
- Contributes and shares community resources with colleagues.
- Represents the department in appropriate medical center and/or community meetings.
- Identifies improvement opportunities for the department or work area and communicates ideas to the supervisor.
- Participates in Quality Management activities based on member needs, organizational goals, and professional standards.
- Identifies and participates in the solution to system problems.
- Attends and occasionally facilitates staff/education meetings.
- Avoids unscheduled absences, arrives at work at scheduled time and takes action to avoid recurring absences.
- Plans and submits elected time-off in advance.
- Exhibits standards of professional behavior in compliance with Regional Quality of Service guidelines.
- Maintains confidentiality regarding patient and/or family issues in accordance with Medical Center policy and professional standards.
- Demonstrates knowledge of and complies with Fire & Safety, Disaster, Universal Precautions and Infectious Disease policies and procedures.
- Works in a self-directed manner as demonstrated by requesting assistance when clinical case situation is beyond experience or abilities.
- Productivity Maintains patient access, and meets established standards for effectiveness and efficiency.
- Prioritizes, plans and organizes work load needs within assigned hours as measured by timely completion of work and documentation.
- Case finds and screens high-risk patients according to department protocols.
- Spends at least 70% of time in direct service activity.
- Responds to referrals within departmentally delineated time frames.
- Completes and submits statistics in accordance with departmental policies and procedures.
- Documents interventions in appropriate formats, legibly and within departmental time frames.
- Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and the level of work being preformed by the individuals assigned to this position and as such are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
- Following language applies to Home Health, Hospice and Palliative positions only.
- Current CA Drivers License, clear driving record for the past 2 years and proof of automobile insurance as required by law.
- One year post masters experience in Medical Social Work required.
- Masters Degree in Social Work.
- Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker (California) OR Licensed Clinical Social Worker (California)
- Basic Life Support (BLS).
- One-year experience in a health care environment preferred.
- Per diem position to work as needed in all areas of Social Medicine Department
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