Social Worker Palliative Care


The primary role of the Palliative Social Worker is to identify patient and family psychosocial needs and priorities for care through assessment, care planning, clinical interventions, education and evaluation of outcomes. The Palliative Social Worker is an active member of the Interdisciplinary care team (IDT). Social work services will be provided in home and telephonically.

  • Conducting an assessment of the patient’s and family’s strengths and needs; this may be done in the home or telephonically
  • Developing collaborative care plan goals with the patient and family and/ or caregivers and IDT members
  • Connecting patient and/ or patient’s family/ caregiver to appropriate community resources and supports
  • Providing solution focused case management
  • Providing supportive counseling to patient and family
  • Utilizing motivational interviewing (MI) and other psychotherapeutic techniques to elicit behavior change
  • Promoting patient and family self-management strategies
  • Enhancing connectivity between patients and members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Navigating community resources and developing community partnerships to improve access to care and ease of systems navigation
  • Master’s Degree (MSW) in Social Work
  • 3 years of social work experience
  • post Master’s Degree (internship not included)
  • At least 2 years of social work experience in a healthcare setting
  • Palliative and/or hospice care experience required.
  • Experience in delivering home-care or field case management
  • Excellent communication skills and knowledge of accessing community resources
  • Possession of a valid state driver’s license and access to an automobile
  • Meet all state certification and licensing requirements
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Latham, NY