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Social Worker-Oncology Services

Traverse City, MI


Posted on July 22, 2018

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About Social Worker-Oncology Services


Provide individual, family and group counseling for oncology patients at the Cowell Family Cancer Center (CFCC) in collaboration with the patient and family and multi-disciplinary care team. Serves as an integral part of the care team contributing to the development and coordination of the overall care plan. May interface with patients and families at any point on the care continuum.


Current license as Social Worker in the State of Michigan required with a master’s degree in Social Work. This degree must be from a social work program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Two to three years of experience in clinical practice at a health care setting. Experience with oncology highly desired.

Achieve Board of Oncology Social Work Specialty Certification within two-years of hire

Advanced communication and interpersonal skills including conflict resolution, constructive feedback and problem solving abilities

Demonstrates autonomy, organizations, assertiveness, and cooperation in the performance of job duties, based upon needs of patients and the CFCC.

Ability to work with people of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds; be flexible, open-minded and adaptable to change.

Demonstrates priority setting and time management capabilities.

ORGANIZATION Reports to the Manager – Oncology Support Services.


Cares for patients in the age category(s) checked below:

_Neonatal (birth-1 mo) _Young adult (18 yr-25 yrs) _Infant (1 mo-1 yr) _Adult (26 yrs-54 yrs) _ Early childhood (1 yr-5 yrs) _ Sr. Adult (55 yrs-64 yrs) _Late childhood (6 yrs-12 yrs) _Geriatric (65 yrs & above) _Adolescence (13 yrs-17 yrs) XAll ages (birth & above) __No direct clinical contact with patients


Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare

Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.

Promotes personal and patient safety.

Has basic understanding of Relationship-Based Care (RBC) principles, meets expectations outlined in Commitment To My Co-workers, and supports RBC unit action plans.

Provide individual, family and group counseling sessions

Participate in multi-disciplinary clinics and conferences

Completion of a psychosocial assessment of the patient and family’s response to the cancer diagnosis and treatment to include: • Knowledge about cancer and its treatment including level of understanding, reactions, goals for care and expectations. • Characteristics of the patient’s support system, including family, related biologically, legally, or emotionally. • Patient and family psychosocial functioning including strengths, limitations and coping skills. • Race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. • Identification of barriers to care. • The source, availability, and adequacy of community resources. • Patient and family level of interest in participation in care and decision-making. • Development of a case plan with patient and family based on mutually agreed upon goals to enhance, maintain and promote optimal psychosocial functioning throughout cancer treatment and its outcome.

Utilization of a wide range of clinical interventions designed to address current and/or future problems as the patient’s medical and psychosocial needs evolve.

Outreach activities to vulnerable populations.

Maintenance of knowledge of community resources and governmental programs available from local, state, and national health and social service agencies including expertise in accessing these for patients and families.

Organization and facilitation of patient and family education.

Utilization of knowledge and clinical skills in assisting the patient and family with advance care planning and advance directives.

Pro-active provision of services to at-risk populations, including assistance with negotiating barriers to cancer information, screening, treatment and resources within the institution and in the community.

Collaboration with patients and family members who serve as advisors in policy and program development, implementation and evaluation; health care facility design; professional education, and the delivery of care.

Collaboration with other professional disciplines in the planning and provision of timely and efficient clinical services to cancer patients and their families.

Advocacy for and protection of patients’ dignity, confidentiality, rights, and access to care.

Development and utilization of research to improve clinical practice and implement evidence-based psychosocial support programs, services and interventions.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned

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