We are seeking a full-time temporary (32-40 hrs. a week) grant funded Clinical Social Worker (LCSW or LICSW) to cover a maternity leave from October 2017– March 2018.
The Grow Clinic for Children is an outpatient subspecialty clinic at Boston Medical Center that started in 1984 to provide comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children from the Greater Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT) by their primary care physician. In addition to providing clinical services, we advocate for policies that decrease the number of children in need. The Grow Clinic is part of BMC’s Department of Pediatrics.
Utilizing clinical social work techniques and theory, assesses, consults on, and intervenes with GROW clinic patients and their families regarding the impact/amelioration of emotional and psychosocial problems. Duties also include, but are not limited to, conducting psychosocial assessments, planning and implementing effective treatments, evaluation, education, referrals, coaching and mentoring of family members and patients. The position consults with, collaborates and communicates with a wide range of internal hospital departments, social, governmental and legal agencies, courts, schools, clinics, other hospitals, physicians and other sources in the overall care of the patient. The SW is part of a multidisciplinary team with a Pediatrician, Registered Dietitian and Outreach Worker. Each week is comprised of clinic sessions at BMC and follow-up. Home visiting is an important piece of follow-up for the Grow Clinic model. BMC serves a racially and ethnically diverse patient population.
Assesses patient and family to ascertain psychosocial problems.
Identifies those issues to be addressed during the patient’s care, and formulates plan with the family.
Reports any and all suspected cases of abuse and neglect and follows up to ensure patient receives timely comprehensive consultations and compliance with legal mandates.
Consults and collaborates with GROW clinic team members to insure that patient’s emotional and psychosocial needs are addressed.
Utilizes Social Work technique and theory to assist patient and family in coping with illness or social problem to achieve improved functioning and emotional state.
Maintains patient confidentiality according to hospital policy. Practices professional discretion when determining the inclusion of any patient information into medical record or department clinical record notes.
Notes in medical record the exclusion of critical patient information and its availability.
Documents each patient encounter in the hospital electronic medical record. Specifically, documents ongoing treatment work in the Department clinic records. Each recording shall include date, time, title and signature.
Complies with departmental, regulatory and professional requirements for documentation recording, and data collection.
Submits department statistics and other records and reports within required time frames.
Maintains competency in areas of responsibility to ensure quality care.
Attends scheduled staff meetings and in-service education program offerings with punctuality and consistency.
Obtains continuing education units necessary to maintain licensure.
Assists management in the operation of a quality department by participating in department programs and complying with department policies and procedures.
Supports graduate and undergraduate training programs by supervising students (per assignment).
Identifies weaknesses in operation and recommends improvements.
Works diligently on department committees, per Director’s appointments.
Represents department throughout hospital and outside community.
Regularly maintains work area and equipment in a neat and orderly manner; assists in the cleaning and organizing of department on own initiative and reports any malfunctioning equipment as observed by supervisor.
Maintains a complete understanding of emergency procedures.
Conforms to hospital standards of conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and patient care may be provided.
Home and school visits in Boston inner city neighborhoods and surrounding towns, particularly gateway cities.
Helps find and deliver concrete resources, camperships, and providing a holiday party for Grow clinic children and families.
Performs other duties as needed.
Utilizes hospital's behavioral standards as the basis for decision making and to facilitate the hospital’s mission.
Follows established hospital infection control and safety procedures.
Requires Master’s Degree from an accredited school of Social Work. MSW or equivalent degree minimum.
Requires level of knowledge of Social Work process and community resources and agencies in relation to health, illness, and disability, generally acquired through one to two years on-the-job training.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Multilingual, multicultural applicants encouraged to apply – Spanish and/or Portuguese are especially useful.
Knowledge of community resources and agencies that serve the children and families.
Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with various healthcare professionals, to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families, and to supervise graduate students.
Must be comfortable in a fast paced and dynamic work environment (sense of humor is valued).
Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of racial and ethnic populations. Bicultural/Bilingual competency a plus.
Computer literacy with ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheet programs and e-mail (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Outlook) and web browsers.
Please apply on the Boston Medial Center Careers Webpage. If you have questions you can contact Mrs. Tania Alitdor, LICSW by email at email@example.com . No phone calls please.
Valid driver’s license required. Access to a vehicle preferred for home visits.
AGES OF POPULATION SERVED:
Employees in this position must be competent to provide care to the following age groups: Check all that apply:
× Neonatal: Birth to 1 month
× Infant: To 1 yrs
× Toddler: 1 to 3 yrs
× Pre-school: 3 – 6 yrs
× School age: 6 – 12 yrs
× Adolescent: 12 – 18 yrs
? Young Adult: 18 – 30 yrs
? Middle age: 30 – 60 yrs
? Elderly: 60 – over
? Not Applicable
T Varies by department
Additional Salary Information: The salary listed is a range. Human Resources will give you an offer based on your education and experience.
The Grow Clinic for Children is an outpatient subspecialty clinic at Boston Medical Center that started in 1984 to provide comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children from the Greater Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT) by their primary care physician. In addition to providing clinical services, we advocate for po...licies that decrease the number of children in need. The Grow Clinic is part of BMC’s Department of Pediatrics.
About Failure to Thrive
Children with FTT have significant problems growing and do not gain weight or height at rates comparable to other children their age. Children who are not growing according to national standards are referred to the Grow Clinic by other clinics and physicians throughout the Greater Boston area for special care and follow-up.
Children with "Failure To Thrive" Diagnosis Demonstrate
Shortened attention spans
Increased risk of illness
Persistent growth failure and emotional problems
Delayed learning and language skills
Impaired fine and gross motor skills
About Our Patients
Since the clinic was founded in 1984, more than 1,650 FTT children have graduated from our program. In 2007, over 200 children were served in the clinic. The following are some of our findings:
Average time of successful treatment is 18 months.
The average new referral is much younger and more acutely ill than ever. During the period of January to the end of April 2008, there was a 20% increase in referrals for babies under the age of one compared to that same period of time in 2007.
About 10% of our children are homeless and live in shelters.
85% of our children depend on public health insurance.
The referral rate has doubled in the last five years.
10%-20% of children newly referred to the Grow Clinic were less than 2,500 grams at birth (low birth weight), and 89% of the children referred were less than 24 months of age.
The Grow Clinic serves a diverse patient population, mostly low-income families from some of Greater Boston’s poorest communities, including Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Jamaica Plain, South Boston and the South End. Recent census data for these neighborhoods shows that:
68% of the population lives below 100% of the poverty level and nearly all live below 200% of the poverty level.
55% of residents are African-American, 24% are Hispanic and 17% are Asian (includes Asian Indian and Middle Eastern). African Americans are at much higher risk of infant mortality than other ethnic groups, due in part to poor nutritional status of mothers and babies.
The Grow Clinic's intensive efforts to educate and reach out to community health centers have resulted in earlier intervention for FTT children, thus greatly increasing their chances of getting better and reducing the risk of hospitalization from 50% in 1984 to 5% in 2006.
The success of the clinic depends on outreach services that are not reimbursed by insurance companies or government programs. Therefore, the survival of the clinic depends on private donations to fund essential outreach services to our clients in addition to medical care.
The children in the Grow Clinic range from moderately to severely malnourished. Because malnutrition is both a medical problem and a social/economic condition, the clinic takes a multidisciplinary approach to the care of FTT children and their families. This approach recognizes that there is a relationship between a safe and secure family environment and the well-being of the child.
Children’s HealthWatch is the outreach and research arm of the Grow Clinic. Children’s HealthWatch identifies need for additional services for children in the pediatric emergency room with food insecurity and previously identified FTT and monitors the impact of public policy on the health of children ages zero to three.