Crisis Counselor - LSW LPC LCSW LCPC Illinois Licensed

  • Sinai Health System
  • Chicago, IL, USA

Job Description


The clinician will provide crisis and social service interventions to individuals experiencing acute behavioral health issues. Crisis and social services interventions will take place in our emergency room, crisis stabilization unit, and inpatient behavioral health unit. This is a Non-Exempt (hourly, overtime eligible) classified position. CLINICAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:Serves as an integral part of the treating team, collaborating with psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, on-call providers, nurses and other departments in providing behavioral health treatment across settings at Holy Cross hospital. Manages patient caseload effectively by prioritizing service requests and by utilizing prompt interventions. Completes assessment screenings per department standard. Demonstrates the ability to diagnose mental illness in accordance with DSM V and make accurate mental status assessments, including lethality, suicidality, and level of functioning. Assesses and provides an appropriate linkage for all age groups served by the Sinai hospital system based on sound clinical judgement. Documents all contacts/interventions in the medical record in a clear, concise, and timely manner. All documentation and billing are completed prior to the end of the assigned shift. Effectively communicates and collaborates with interdisciplinary team members to ensure quality of care. Provides appropriate resources and referrals to patients in regards to their: social, emotional, financial, or medical needs. Informs patients and families about the patients’ needs and instructs them in follow-up procedures and referrals. Provides appropriate discharge instructions to the patient or receiving facility at the time of discharge. Arranges and assists with placement in nursing homes, group homes, shelters, or another type of care facility determined by patients needs. Identifies and takes appropriate action in cases of abuse and neglect. Advocates on behalf of the patient in both internal and external systems. Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in the work place. Possesses knowledge of community crisis services, law enforcement protocols, hospital systems, and related community resources for patients. Shares knowledge of available resources with co-workers. Actively participates in educational opportunities to grow and keep current in practice. Completes yearly competencies with the time frame established by the department and/or health system. Remains in compliance with Holy Cross Hospital Attendance Standards. While working on the inpatient unit, provides clinical support to patient in the form of individual therapy, and group therapy. Completes all other duties as assigned. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: Education requirements:Masters in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, or related Behavioral Health/ Human Services Field required LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATIONS Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Social Worker (LSW) required. Experience: Minimum of one year working in a hospital setting related to social work preferred. Have knowledge related to medical and psychiatric terminology. Interpersonal Skills: Must possess effective communication skills both verbal and written. Needs to be a good listener and show empathy to patients, physicians, and staff. Sound ethical judgment is needed. Analytical Abilities: Knowledge of SOAP charting method. Reasoning skills. Other Required Skills: Be knowledgeable in cultural diversity. Knowledge of legal and ethical boundaries as they pertain to our patient population in the health care system. Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Will have patient contact in all areas of the hospital and exposure to communicable diseases, toxic substances, ionizing radiation, and medicinal preparations.