2 years experience in outpatient diabetes management, the care of obstetrical patients and a Masters degree in Social Work from a university or college accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
Training and experience required for this position includes the following knowledge, skills and abilities. Knowledge of: effective methods of dealing with the psychosocial needs of clients who have gestational or overt diabetes; facilitating care/support and therapeutic groups; behavioral modification techniques such as self-contracting and/or setting behavioral change goals; the principles and practices of modern medical social work; individual and group consultation methods; community health, welfare and social agencies; crisis intervention techniques; psychopathology and mental status assessment consistent with DSM IV-R classifications.
Ability to: work effectively with a multicultural and diverse socio-economical population of all ages who have psychosocial needs in adapting to and living with gestational diabetes and overt diabetes; function independently and exercise discretion in the counseling of individual clients and family members; work with minimal supervision; assess and report child and partner abuse or neglect and dependent adult or elder abuse; work effectively with all members of the health care team; provide psychosocial and mental assessments to assist physician and other members of the health care team with treatment planning; recognize and constructively recommend solutions when problems are identified in current practices; develop new resources for the fulfillment of the clients emotional and psychosocial needs; cope with the mental strain involved in providing support for clients with gestational diabetes or overt diabetes; maintain the confidentiality of client information; function as an effective member of an interdisciplinary health care team. Candidates must be a Certified Diabetes Educator and have a current California CSW license.