Social Work Fellow - Fixed Term (1.0 FTE, Days)

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Category: Psychology & Social Science
Job Type: Full-Time
Shift: Days
Req: 15762
FTE: 1

Psychology&Social Science

1.0 FTE, 8 Hour Day Shift - Fixed Term 

At Stanford Children’s Health, we know world-renowned care begins with world-class caring. That's why we combine advanced technologies and breakthrough discoveries with family-centered care. It's why we provide our caregivers with continuing education and state-of-the-art facilities, like the newly remodeled Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. And it's why we need caring, committed people on our team - like you. Join us on our mission to heal humanity, one child and family at a time.

Job Summary

This paragraph summarizes the general nature, level and purpose of the job. 

The Social Work Fellow is a supported, training yearlong Master's level position of professional social work for employees with limited medical social work experience and/or who are recent graduates. Fellows work under clinical supervision from an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Caseloads will be capped below that of a full time staff social worker to ensure that the fellow is able to benefit from close supervision by an experienced LCSW.  The fellowship training program includes a bi-weekly didactic seminar focusing on various topics pertinent to hospital social work and a bi-weekly case consultation group. The fellow's caseload is determined by the supervisor to provide for specific learning experiences with time allocated to clinical training and education, exploration, and reflection. Fellows are expected to develop casework and treatment skills as training and experience are gained. The Social Work Fellow develops advanced skills in psychosocial assessments, ongoing supportive counseling, patient advocacy, practical resource assistance, and coordination of care to patients and families within the Packard system.  The social work fellowship focuses on the educational and clinical training needs of a beginning social work clinician for individualized engagement in targeted patient care improvement initiatives.

Essential Functions

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification.  They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Employees must abide by all Joint Commission Requirements including but not limited to sensitivity to cultural diversity, patient care, patient rights and ethical treatment, safety and security of physical environments, emergency management, teamwork, respect for others, participation in ongoing education and training, communication and adherence to safety and quality programs, sustaining compliance with National Patient Safety Goals, and licensure and health screenings.

Must perform all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the hospital’s policies and procedures, including its Service Standards and its Code of Conduct.


•    Engages in non-patient facing educational professional development opportunities including reflection, exploration, trainings, and clinical consultation. 

•    Participates in a minimum of weekly individual clinical supervision, weekly group supervision, and a didactic seminar series.  Fellows have access to their clinical supervisor for daily ad hoc consultative needs.

•    Provides a clinical case presentation/Capstone project to department at the conclusion of the fellowship.

•    Supports the collaboration with interdisciplinary health care teams to devise, develop, and implement psychosocial treatment plans as part of training. 

•    Develops increasing mastery of psychosocial assessments of patients/families to evaluate social, emotional, and physical needs by applying social work theories and techniques. Identifies and addresses barriers to care.

•    Develops and implements patient/family psychosocial treatment plans  under the guidance of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

•    Learns how to prepare and maintains electronic medical records in accordance with department and/or health system policies. Provides written and oral reports and hand-offs.

•    Under the guidance of Fellow's clinical supervisor, provides supportive counseling, grief counseling, crisis intervention, and other therapeutic services to assist patients and families to face challenges such as coping with illness, processing medical information and changes in the level of functioning and care needs

•    Under the guidance of the Fellow's clinical supervisor, gains familiarity with the child protective services system and child abuse reporting laws. 

•    Under the guidance of the Fellow's clinical supervisor, provides psychoeducation to patients and families regarding adaptation to the patient's diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or prognosis.

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying.

Education: Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from an accredited college or university.

Experience: None Required

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to perform successfully the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

•    Developing knowledge and ability to apply theories, principles, and practices of medical social work and of social services delivery systems in a medical center setting.

•    Ability to gather data needed to assess needs of patients and families.

•    Evolving ability to manage an increasingly complex caseload, maintain confidentiality of information, and determine an effective course of action in emergencies and other clinically acute situations.

•    Evolving ability to provide clear, concise documentation and succinct case presentation for discussion.

•    Developing knowledge and ability to apply effective assessment, interviewing, counseling techniques, and equitable distribution of resources.

•    Developing knowledge of medical center resources to support patient/family needs.

•    Evolving ability to skillfully advocate on behalf of patient/family needs.

•    Development of knowledge of and sensitivity to the significance of cultural considerations of LPCH's patient population.

•    Development of knowledge in the application of interventions founded in trauma informed, family centered, strengths-based philosophies to address an array of coping styles seen in patients and families.


Physical Requirements and Working Conditions
The Physical Requirements and Working Conditions in which the job is typically performed are available from the Occupational Health Department. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford strongly values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all of its policies and practices, including the area of employment. Accordingly, LPCH does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, marital status, medical condition, genetic information, veteran status, or disability, or the perception of any of the above. People of all genders, members of all racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants with criminal convictions will be considered after an individualized assessment of the conviction and the job requirements, and where applicable, in compliance with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.