May 14, 2021


The Social Worker is a multidisciplinary team member and is responsible for ensuring that the medical, emotional and social needs of the patients are met and maintained on an individual basis in accordance with policies and procedures, current TJC, federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations.

REPORTS TO:  Director-Social Work or Chief Nursing Officer


  • Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) in the State of Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from an accredited university.
  • Preferably two (2) years experience in a clinical setting or as a licensed therapist.
  • Demonstrated competency in diagnostic developmental assessments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health care delivery, proven ability with handling documentation in an organized and efficient manner and working well within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and manage a caseload, complete records in a timely manner, to provide a variety of services and to work harmoniously with professional and clerical personnel.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of abnormal psychology, developmental disabilities, personality theory, community systems theory and practice, psychological testing, and counseling theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication.


  • Hearing: Hearing acuity sufficient to perform job functions.
  • Speaking: Able to articulate goals and objectives of the Center and to effectively present information to management, committees, staff, patients, families, and licensing and regulating agencies.
  • Vision: Normal visual acuity.
  • Writing: Excellent written communication skills needed to prepare reports, write policies and procedures, document in-patient records, prepare agenda and minutes for department meetings and carry out Performance Improvement Planning and monitoring.
  • Other: Problem solving, organizational, leadership, crisis resolution, staff coaching and motivational skills.


  • Physical:  Lifting 40 lbs.                                                                                                         
  • Pushing up to: 150 lbs.
  • Manual Dexterity:  Average
  • Average % of time during regular shift devoted to:

                        Standing: 21-30 Walking: 10-20

                        Sitting: 21-40     Squatting: 0-10


  • Adult Population: Age 18 and up
  • Sufficient knowledge of Growth and Development in order to interact with specific age groups.
  • Will have sufficient knowledge in adapting interventions and communication style to meet the developmental needs of all clients.


The duties set forth below describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the Social Worker.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the social worker since those duties include all tasks requested by the Social Work Manager or Director of Nursing to meet the needs of the Behavioral Center of Michigan. 

  • Performs social service admissions functions including the development of comprehensive social history and psychosocial assessments.
  • Participates in the development of individualized patient care plans involving the patients and their families in care planning.
  • Attends scheduled care conferences and identifies and interprets psychosocial needs of patients for inclusion in the care plan, addressing particular issues of the care schedule, treatment and environment that express and reinforce individuality and identity.
  • Completes mandatory documentation within timelines established by applicable regulations.
  • Provides linkage with appropriate community resources by maintaining knowledge of other systems, making referrals and identifying unmet needs.
  • Plans discharges/transfers to ensure appropriateness and continuity of care.
  • Engages in flexible scheduling at the discretion of the Social Work Manager in order to ensure appropriate coverage of all units on a daily basis.
  • Participates in rotating unit coverage on evenings, weekends and holidays as needed at the discretion of the Social Work Manager.
  • Participates in monthly departmental meetings and supervisory sessions as needed to promote effective patient care
  • Rotates back-up coverage on weekends, holidays or shifts as needed to ensure appropriate staffing at all times.
  • Emphasizes the importance of safety, patient rights, and person-centered planning in all aspects of care.
  • Utilizes a problem-solving approach to resolving problems with other clinical services and the Medical Staff.
  • Promotes harmonious relationships and positive attitudes with other departments and Medical Staff.
  • Participates in the planning of multi-disciplinary projects.
  • Represents the Center in community activities and educational programs.
  • Participates in in-house educational programs.
  • Maintains licensure standard of CEUs as required by the MDCH licensing board.
  • Performs other duties in a willing manner or as requested by the director-Social Work, CNO and other professional and non-professional staff, as required.

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