Social Worker-Developmental Disorders Program

MaineHealth | South Portland, ME

Posted Date 5/21/2020


Spring Harbor Hospital is seeking a Full time (40 hour) social worker to join the multidisciplinary team of our Developmental Disorders Program to serve the specialized inpatient unit and the DD partial hospital program. This unique and growing program, one of only a few in the country, provides expert inpatient and partial hospital psychiatric and behavioral treatment to children and adolescents (5 - 20 years old) with developmental disorders. Approximately 75% of our patients have Autism Spectrum Disorder and many patients have intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities. The psychiatric disorders we typically address include mood disorders, anxiety disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and thought disorders.

Our program is nationally recognized and our treatment team includes a child psychiatrist, behavioral psychologist, behavior analyst, psychiatric nurses, social workers, behavioral technicians, a speech pathologist, occupational therapists, and special education professionals. Working as a team, these professionals provide an array of therapies, healthcare, and education to patients and their families that are grounded in the values of dignity, respect, compassion, and excellence. The hospital DD Program consists of three components—a 12-bed acute in-patient unit, a licensed private, special-purpose school, and a new partial hospital program. We have an exciting learning environment that includes DD case conferences, team discussions and topic presentations, and clinical research.

This social work position has 2 areas of focus – serving a smaller case load on the inpatient unit of approximately 4 cases, and overseeing a case load in the partial program. The person in this position has the unique opportunity to help further develop the new partial hospitalization program.

The work includes developing patients’ plans for after-care; facilitating network meetings of patients’ providers; providing family therapy and psycho-education; and when appropriate working with patients to address social or emotional needs. Family involvement during the hospitalization is key to the patient's success upon discharge.

Candidates must be a behavioral health care professional with licensure at the independent level. Solid experience in family systems work and clinical case management, along with excellent assessment skills, is desired. Experience with youth with developmental disabilities is required.

Required Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  1. Education: Master’s degree in Social Work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  2. License/Certifications: Maine state licensure to practice as a LCSW, LMSW-CC, LCPC, or LCPC-c is required. Licensure by the Maine State Board of Social Worker Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker preferred. Licensure by the Maine Board of Counseling Professionals. Certification by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work preferred.
  3. Experience: 2+ years of work experience in a health or mental health setting preferred.
  4. Knowledge of social work theories, therapies and techniques, as used in individual, family and group treatment, as well principles of social welfare
  5. Able to teach basic social work principles and applications to the medical setting
  6. Proficiency in psychosocial assessment and treatment and considerable knowledge of community resources.
Geographic Region
Greater Portland/Casco Bay

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