As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have committed my career to advocating for and assisting at risk members of our community. This includes working for government agencies and privately operated hospitals assisting people with access to needed resources, being free from abuse and neglect, and responding to the challenges of both chronic and acute medical conditions. I have been fortunate to have opportunities to provide direct care to patients and their families as well as leadership roles facilitating the development of other social workers. This has led to enhanced skills in areas of communication, intra-discipline teamwork and coordination, problem solving, and conflict resolution. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I am authorized and competent in guiding and assisting individuals and groups through difficult and complex dynamics focusing on favorable outcomes for those involved.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I have carefully selected, developed and retained qualified staff in the Social Work department including assisting two social workers in completing their LCSW and a third pending testing. I continually evaluate patient care procedural changes to ensure better outcomes for our members and their families. In conjunction with my team we create annual goals, objectives and budget and routinely review our progress throughout the year. I provide thorough supervision for day-to-day operations of the social work department in accordance with set policies and guidelines. I regularly evaluate employee performance, provide feedback and assist, coach and discipline staff as needed. I have coached and developed the social work team that consistently ranks among the top in the region for member satisfaction.
I provide crisis intervention for individuals and families impacted by illness, injury, and/or medical traumas. I complete comprehensive psychosocial assessments to clarify patient and family's needs, preferences for care, and coordinate with physicians and nurses to communicate the plan of care. I complete palliative care consultations, address intensity of care issues, and guide patients and their families related to end of life care. I engage patients struggling with abuse/neglect, substance abuse, homelessness, mental health concerns and facilitate access to community resources that may assist them in improving their lives and circumstances.
I provided supervision of 12 Child Welfare social workers dedicated to the Juvenile Court and dependency law. I served as a liaison between management, social work staff and the community to enhance safety for children and to strengthen families. I expertly planned, coordinated, organized and directed the operations of the social work team. I actively maintained up-to-date knowledge of applicable state and Federal laws and regulations and ensured staff were likewise informed. I provided thorough supervision for day-to-day operations of my team in accordance with set policies and guidelines. I regularly evaluated employee performance, provided feedback and assisted, coached and disciplined staff as needed. I contributed to and participated in community education projects to foster widespread understanding of the prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect. I fostered interdisciplinary relationships by negotiation and consensus building to attain goals leading to safer homes for children.
I provided case management services for children and families involved in the Child Welfare system. I provided expert services to children with significant emotional and behavioral challenges in conjunction with interdisciplinary teams. I developed knowledge and relationships with numerous community agencies, hospitals, and law enforcement involved in identifying and responding to safety concerns for children. I developed excellent advocacy skills in interaction with judges/attorneys involved with Juvenile Court, contract providers, and children and their families. Engaged in conflict resolution and learned effective strategies and techniques to manage very difficult, emotionally charged, and sensitive individual and group dynamics.
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