The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Social Worker I is responsible for providing professional social work services (i.e., screening, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, counseling, resource identification and navigation) to adult patients and families. This position collaborates with SCCA partner institutions to ensure continuity of care across systems, and uses clinical judgment and problem solving skills to address patient and family emotional/psychological, social and developmental issues. The incumbent facilitates referrals to internal and community resources, and assists and advocates for patients with concrete needs.
Distress screening, to evaluate emotional and psychological distress
Mental health screening and substance use disorder screening to identify psychological/psychiatric conditions that need to be addressed within the context of care planning. This includes screening for distress, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, substance use, and cognitive status
Emotional support (brief therapy, individual and family counseling, grief and loss counseling and crisis intervention)
Collaboration and consultation with medical teams regarding psychological, social and emotional issues, mental health conditions, substance related conditions, and considerations for care/treatment planning
Referral to internal services a the SCCA, local and regional support networks, and tangible needs resources
Conducts patient navigation activities, as needed
Coordination with in-patient social workers to facilitate transition between in-patient, out-patient and home
Promotion of needs for the culturally diverse and socially, intellectually or physically challenged patients
Assisting medical team to effectively address disruptive behavior and help with developing Patient Care Agreements when necessary
Provides on call after hours support on a rotation basis. This requires employee to come in to the clinic after hours on occasion
Provides consultation to staff at SCCA, NWH, UWMC, and to community resources as needed.
Master's degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate School of Social Work
WA State Department of Health registration/certification/licensure
Experience with counseling individuals and families
Strong assessment and crisis intervention skills
Ability to communicate effectively with patients/families from diverse cultural backgrounds
Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams
Computer skills: Outlook, Word, Excel
History of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training, brief interventions training, motivational interviewing training, grief and loss training
Skills in screening for distress and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders
Experience working with oncology patients and family members/significant other and working effectively with multidisciplinary teams
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The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.