Medical Social Worker

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Medical Social Worker

Job Type





E6 (40954.0 - 61432.0)




Position Summary

This position is responsible for providing Washoe and American Indian/Alaskan Native adults, children and adolescents and their families with psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute or terminal disease.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree from an accredited university in medical social work, or closely related field.

  • Current license in good standing as a medical social worker, or closely related field.

  • Minimum of two years of successful social work experience.

  • Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse Treatment, Domestic Violence, Anger Management, and Effective Parenting.

  • Training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Historical Trauma, and Trauma Informed Care is a plus.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • Preference given to qualified Washoe Tribal Members and Native American/Alaska Natives.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Engage in community outreach.

  • Screen, assess and recommend intervention for people with suicidal ideation, mental health problems and substance abuse.

  • Advise family and/or care givers and help coordinate services needed throughout treatment.

  • Provide support and consultation for all departments within the Health Center for those suffering from a wide range of mental health and medical problems.

  • Work directly with Washoe Tribe and County (Alpine, Douglas and Carson) Social Services and Courts to address and report concerns regarding abuse and neglect.

  • Evaluate adults, children and adolescents utilizing appropriate mental health and medical screening and assessment tools.

  • Make referrals and collaborate with other mental health and medical professionals.

  • Document (in the electronic health record) using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5th edition (DSM V) diagnosis.

  • Co-develop and –implement an individualized intensive case management plan for individuals, groups and families.

  • Represent the Health Center in a positive manner with tribal members and professionals.

  • Participate in Patient Care and Individual Education Plan meetings on behalf of individuals.

  • Seek further training and knowledge in behavioral healthcare to remain current with behavioral health standards of care.

  • Adheres to all healthcare standards as related to Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

  • Performs other duties as required for position.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of Washoe and American Indian/Alaska Native People and their history.

  • Knowledge of records management procedures, and use of electronic health record system.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local regulatory laws and regulations including established professional standards.

  • Knowledge of medical and psychiatric rehabilitation terminology.

  • Knowledge of physical and behavioral (psychological, emotional and social) needs.

  • Knowledge of medications commonly prescribed for psychiatric clients.

  • Knowledge of community resources for behavioral health related issues.

  • Ability to analyze problems, devise solutions, and make sound decisions.

  • Ability to apply the principles and concepts of psychiatric rehabilitation counseling.

  • Ability to interview and secure personal and social information, as well as information needed for determining client’s needs and barriers.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative/effective work relationships with participants, participants, partners, professionals and the public (especially with American Indian/Alaska Natives).

  • Ability to plan, organize, and express ideas clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and other personnel.

  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.

  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Skills in operating personal computer using computer software.

  • Skill using basic arithmetic.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk. The employee occasionally is required to operate a motor vehicle, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.