The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), located in Seattle, Washington, is part of a dynamic collaboration among three organizations known nationally and internationally for their patient care and research: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, and Seattle Children's. Over the past 25 years, these institutions have worked together to support their mission of adult and pediatric oncology patient care services, research and education.
The Social Worker I or II is responsible for providing professional social work services (i.e., screening, motivational interviewing, brief interventions, counseling, resource identification and navigation) to adult patients and families. This position will specifically serve the Sarcoma and Renal/Melanoma clinics at the SCCA and will provide cross coverage to other oncology clinics (including BMT and Immontherapy) as needed. The incumbent collaborates with SCCA partner institutions to ensure continuity of care across systems. The incumbent uses clinical judgment and problem-solving skills to address patient and family emotional/psychological, social and developmental issues. The social worker facilitates referrals to internal and community resources, and assists and advocates for patients, with concrete needs. They strive to achieve the highest in patient (customer) satisfaction, support the mission of SCCA and its affiliates, and provide consultation to staff at SCCA, Northwest Hospital, UW Medical Center, and to community resources as needed.
Provides screening and psychosocial assessments to determine patient needs and priorities. Assessment includes: distress screening (including coping/adjustment to diagnosis), mental health screening/evaluation including alcohol/drug use, understanding support systems and financial, housing and legal issues.
Develops care plans with patients (and family/significant other, as appropriate) based on patient needs and readiness/motivation for change to promote optimal psychological, emotional and social functioning throughout the course of treatment
Provides brief intervention or counseling as needed
Provides crisis intervention as needed
Assist patients/family w/ navigating the healthcare delivery system and advocates for the patient during this process
Identifies and maintains up to date information on SCCA and community resources in collaboration with other SW staff and patient navigators
Shares knowledge of specialized resources
Is able to effectively work with referral sources to address/respond to patient/family needs
Masters degree in Social Work from an accredited graduate School of Social Work
WA State Department of Health registration/certification/licensure
Experience with counseling individuals and families in a clinical setting
Strong assessment and crisis intervention skills
Ability to communicate effectively with patients/families from diverse cultural backgrounds
Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams
3 years of health care experience
Experience working with oncology patients and family members/significant others
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and DBT training
Skills in screening for distress and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders
Brief interventions training
Motivational interviewing training
Grief and loss training
Suicide Assessment skills
Experience with electronic medical records
Our Commitment to Diversity
We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at email@example.com or by calling 206-667-4700.
The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance was incorporated in 1998 as a separate, jointly governed non-profit that included the cancer programs of three partners. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is a cancer treatment center that unites doctors from Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s. The purpose of this organization is to provide state-of the-art patient and family centered care; support the conduct of cancer clinical research and education; enhance access to improved cancer interventions; and advance the standard of cancer care regionally and beyond. The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest, and according to the National Cancer Data Base, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance patients in general have better survival rates than patients treated at other cancer treatment centers.