DHHS Children and Family Services has a new and exciting opportunity for a Certified Master Social Worker in the Western Service Area. This position will support our statewide resource development team in developing wrap around services which allow children to remain in a family home, develop placements options for children who are unable to remain in their family home and focus on the disproportionate numbers of African American and native American children involved in our child welfare system. The CMSW will complete parenting assessments, which are currently being court ordered by juvenile courts across Nebraska. This position can be located in North Platte or Gering Nebraska. Recent and soon-to-be Master Social Work graduates and provisional Certified Master Social Workers will be considered at a lesser salary of $20.984.
Location and address of position:Western Service Area - North Platte or Gering office
Work schedule:Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. with occasional weekends based on the needs of the service areaExamples of Work
Provides clinical consultation to child protection and support staff. Compiles social and behavioral information from various sources to develop social histories and psychosocial assessments vital to the development of a client's treatment and discharge plans. Serves as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team; provides information regarding a client's social history and psychosocial assessments and addressing specific client needs; participates in the development of a client's active treatment plan. Monitors and evaluates clients' success in a defined treatment plan and progress toward established goals; provides recommendations to members of an interdisciplinary treatment team to make adjustments to a client's treatment plan. Provides casework assistance to clients and families in the solution of financial, health, educational, recreational, employment, personal, and family problems. Formulates, coordinates and implements client discharge plans by completing referrals to placement and aftercare agencies and providing for financial arrangements; conducts follow-up assessments and evaluations. Serves as an advocate for clients by coordinating referrals to various service agencies. Serves as liaison with service agencies consulting on client cases to ensure efficiency and continuity in providing services. Provides utilization management for Letter's of Agreement and out of state placements, working with the Managed Care Organization. Provides assistance in resource development and in policy and program development and evaluation. May conduct research of case files, reports, journals, and other pertinent documentation to facilitate therapeutic/treatment goals.Qualifications / Requirements
Master's degree in social work and two years of Master Social Worker experience. Certification, or certification eligible, as a Master Social Worker as required by NE. Rev. Statute 38-2128.
PREFERRED: Experience working with youth.
OTHER: Recent and soon-to-be Master Social Work graduates and provisional Certified Master Social Workers will be considered at a lesser salary of $20.984. Incumbent must obtain required licensure before they can start work in this position. Experience working with children and families with DHHS is preferred.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of: theories and methods of social diagnosis and psychosocial assessment; social systems, family systems, systems theory, and social institutions; the cause of social problem areas and their impact on individuals, families, and communities; State and federal laws and regulations affecting social, legal, and health services; concepts and techniques of social planning; models of psychosocial assessment and intervention; crisis intervention theories and techniques; human behavior, growth, and development; theories of family and social interactions; professional terminology as related to therapy, psychology, and human services. Skill in: observing and interpreting verbal and non-verbal behavior; interviewing clients to collect and elicit essential information and assess needs and progress; listening to and understanding information received from others; communicating so others understand; conducting differential diagnosis of individuals and groups; utilizing personality theory and diagnostic methods in setting a therapeutic context and formulating goals; assessing functional impairments so they can be addressed in treatment and discharge planning; assembling relevant facts to formulate a comprehensive psychosocial evaluation; discussing sensitive/emotional subjects in a non-threatening, supportive manner; utilizing appropriate social work intervention methods to build client strengths and facilitate positive change; establishing and maintaining rapport with clients and families. Ability to: conduct psychotherapy of a complex nature; interpret complex psychosocial phenomena; serve as a role model in a professional relationship with clients and social work staff; communicate social work practice and theory to professionals in other disciplines; mediate negotiations between patients, families/guardians and clinicians; generate creative and effective means of dealing with obstacles in the implementation of discharge plans and the provision of social work services to clients; write concise and accurate reports and correspondence.
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