Transgender Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Indianapolis, IN at Eskenazi Health

Date Posted: 11/21/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  6270 

Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Days 

Salary Range: $23.19 - $31.32 

Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.

FLSA Status

Exempt

Job Role Summary

The Transgender Licensed Clinical Social Worker completes biopsychosocial evaluation (BPSE) of transgender clients; integrating information gathered by the team and developing the integrated diagnostic summary. This position identifies barriers to care and assists to care and assists in linking transgender clients to appropriate resources and services to overcome barriers. This position has comprehensive understanding of the risks/benefits of hormone replacement therapy and gender-affirming surgery.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

  • Proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health's mission: Advocate, Care, Teach and Serve with special emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County
  • Models Eskenazi Health's values
  • Licensed Clinicians perform their functions more independently due to having obtained licensure in the State of Indiana
  • Completes biopsychosocial evaluation (BPSE) of transgender clients; integrating information gathered by the team and developing the integrated diagnostic summary
  • Evaluates readiness for readiness for hormone replacement therapy and/or surgery
  • Completes comprehensive sexual health history
  • Assesses and diagnoses coexisting mental health concerns and distinguishes these from gender dysphoria
  • Assesses current psychosocial stability
  • Assesses for co-occurring substance abuse
  • Assesses patient's ability for informed consent and understanding of risks/benefits of planned surgery
  • Helps create after-care plan
  • Provides care to stabilize coexisting mental health/substance abuse issues
  • Identifies barriers to care and assists in linking transgender clients to appropriate resources and services to overcome barriers
  • Has comprehensive understanding of the risks/benefits of hormone replacement therapy and gender-affirming surgery
  • Communicates clearly between mental health, medical, and surgical members of the treatment team and completes a letter according to the Standards of Care for the PCP and/or surgeon
  • Prepares treatment plans for transgender clients based upon the BPSE and in consultation with the treatment team
  • Manages a caseload of transgender clients by identifying therapeutic, rehabilitative and case management needs; engages other team members in meeting these needs as may be indicated
  • Performs a variety of individual, family and group therapeutic interventions for transgender clients, and is familiar with best practices for a variety of client populations, including transgender clients
  • Evaluates and updates the treatment plan at intervals determined by guidelines, (including WPATH), consulting with transgender client, family and team in this process
  • This position will work collaboratively with our transgender team of physicians, surgeons, NP, psychiatrist, mental health therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, Program Coordinator, attorneys, RN and Medical assistants.​  
  • Acts as an advocate for the transgender client in meeting their needs
  • Completes documentation of activities and written reports in an accurate and timely manner, including letters of referral for hormone replacement therapy, both top and bottom gender reassignment surgery
  • Continuously evaluates transgender clients' mental status, reporting progress to the team and treating psychiatrist
  • Identifies community resources and assists transgender clients in their access to these resources
  • Provides indirect service to external agencies and community through consultation and education
  • Interprets and applies service and billing procedures according to client needs; completes billing according to guidelines for timeliness and accuracy
  • Alters activities/behaviors to reflect and ensure adequate care which is appropriate to the age of the clients served
  • Serves as a clinical resource for less experienced staff


Job Requirements

  • Master's degree in social work and licensed in clinical social work
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience as a clinical social worker
  • State licensed for independent practice
  • Valid Indiana driver's license


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Understanding of and ability to implement a strengths-based, community treatment model
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to be both clear and concise in written and verbal communication
  • Advanced knowledge of transgender issues, psychiatric/addiction diagnoses, and understanding of their impact on behavior and all life domains
  • Familiarity with and adherence to the WPATH guidelines
  • Knowledge about gender-nonconforming identities and expressions, and the assessment and treatment of gender dysphoria
  • Experience with eating disorders is strongly preferred of the ideal candidate
  • Advanced knowledge of psychotropic medications and their uses and side effects
  • Willingness and ability to work cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to use age-appropriate communication skills
  • Knowledge of Transgender-Affirmative language
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex directives/information/regulations
  • Crisis intervention skills
  • Leadership and team building ability


Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.

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