SUNY Upstate Medical University Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Social Worker in Syracuse, New York

The pediatric hematology/oncology social worker is responsible for completing bio-psychosocial assessments annually to include: changes in family structure and coping, school and work performance, participation in age appropriate activities, developmental and emotional issues, vocational training, adjustment to illness through life cycles and preparation for adult life. This candidate will coordinate referrals related psychosocial issues, offer short-term solution focused therapy and support groups within the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology program with a focus on the Survivorship program. Responsibilities include assessing other issues directly related to the treatment and after-effects of childhood cancer including concerns for patient care and understanding of disease manifestation and treatment, compliance with treatment regimes and financial issues related to the illness. Responsible for providing appropriate therapeutic interventions to increase: understanding of disease, increase communication with parents/support system, and to increase adherence. Responsible for co-management of pharmaceutical patient assistance/ indigent programs for financially stressed patients and families. Provide crisis intervention and supportive services in situations of critical illness and/or death. Makes referrals as appropriate to outside agency for appropriate follow up. Provide assessment for situations of child abuse/ domestic violence/ adult protection issues and refers to appropriate community agencies. Provides immediate crisis intervention. Liaison for community resources: CPS, PINS, Probation etc. Works collaboratively with others members of the interdisciplinary team including clinic and hospital staff in developing and implementing a comprehensive, integrated discharge plan for hospitalized patients to insure continuity of care. Understanding of the social determinants that may affect health care. Identify patients in need of social work services through participation in weekly staff meetings. May receive referrals directly from nursing and medical staff or other health care professionals. Explore and develop a Website for patients and families. Make appropriate arrangements for home care equipment and nursing services. Demonstrates age appropriate communication for patients across developmental ages. Develop planning as patients' age out of pediatrics and transition into adult clinics. Knowledge of age appropriate community resources. Participates in activities which increase professional information and skills, such as attendance at lectures, conferences, in-service programs and meetings. Member of the Cancer Center Quality Improvement Committee. Duties will include documenting all interventions in the electronic medical record; participating in departmental meetings, in-services, education, and quality improvement activities; and performing other relevant duties as assigned to include coverage for other social workers and back-up responsibilities. M.S.W., L.M.S.W., L.C.S.W. or eligible, 3 years relevant post-master's experience (preferably in a hospital and/or healthcare environment) required. *New M.S.W. graduates who are L.M.S.W. eligible will be considered for appointment to entry level (SL2) position at a commensurate salary after obtaining a Limited Permit. Should employment continue beyond 6 months, incumbent must become L.M.S.W. no later than by the completion of their first year of employment, if L.M.S.W. eligible.