Social Worker II

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Job Location: 
Seattle, WA
Job Description: 

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.

Our goal, every day, is to turn cancer patients into cancer survivors. Join us and make a difference.

Responsible for providing professional social work services (i.e., screening, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, counseling, resource identification and navigation) to adult patients and families. Collaborates with SCCA partner institutions to ensure continuity of care across systems. Uses clinical judgment and problem solving skills to address patient and family emotional/psychological, social and developmental issues. Facilitates referrals to internal and community resources. Assists and advocates for patients, with concrete needs. Strives to achieve the highest in patient (customer) satisfaction. Supports the mission of SCCA and its affiliates. Provides consultation to staff at SCCA, NWH, UWMC, and to community resources as needed.

Clinical Services
- Provides screening and psychosocial assessments to determine patient needs and priorities. Assessment includes: distress screening (including coping/adjustment to diagnosis), mental health screening/evaluation - including alcohol/drug use, understanding support systems and financial, housing and legal issues.
- Develops care plans with patients (and family/significant other, as appropriate) based on patient needs and readiness/motivation for change - to promote optimal psychological, emotional and social functioning throughout the course of treatment.
- Provides brief intervention or counseling as needed
- Provides crisis intervention as needed.
- Facilitates support groups, as needed

Navigation and Concrete Resource Activities
- Assist patients/family w/ navigating the healthcare delivery system and advocates for the patient during this process
- Identifies and maintains up to date information on SCCA and community resources in collaboration with other SW staff and patient navigators
- Shares knowledge of specialized resources
- Is able to effectively work with referral sources to address/respond to patient/family needs.

Effective Multidisciplinary Communication
- Actively outreaches to interdisciplinary care team members to identify patients with psychological, emotional, social and/or tangible needs.
- Facilitates communication between healthcare team, patient and family (including partner institutions)
- Participates in multidisciplinary team meetings
- Communicates clearly, accurately and in a timely manner with the multidisciplinary team - regarding patient status, progress and follow-up needs
- Works with and provides leadership to the multidisciplinary care team to create behavioral contracts, when needed.
- Participates in patient/family care conferences to address psychosocial needs, and to ensure informed consent - providing consultation to team members with respect to these issues
- Collaborates with team members, including SCCA partner institutions, when planning post-clinic care for patients and/or family

- Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate School of Social Work
- WA State Department of Health registration/certification/licensure
- Strong assessment and crisis intervention skills
- Ability to communicate effectively with patients/families from diverse cultural backgrounds
- Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams
- Counseling individuals and families

- Minimum of 3 years of health care experience
- Experience working with oncology patients and family members/significant others
- Experience working with a multidisciplinary team
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training
- Skills in screening for distress and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders
- Brief interventions training
- Motivational interviewing training
- Grief and loss training and work experience

Computer Skills Preferred:
- Outlook, Word, Excel,
- Experience with an electronic medical record

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