Hiring Organization Information
WHO is Sound Generations?
We are a comprehensive non-profit organization that serves older adults and people with disabilities in King County. Our mission is to support people on their aging journey through community connections and accessible services.
We are currently seeking a Social Worker to join our Geriatric Regional Assessment Team (GRAT) in Seattle, WA.
The Social Worker responds to client concerns, provides comprehensive assessments, and develops interventions that increase client stability, support independence, and prevent hospitalizations.
The GRAT Team provides outreach to older adults 55 and over who have been referred for services by family, friends, or others concerned for their safety and well-being. The heart of GRAT is engaging with an elder, learning about their health and support, their strengths, difficulties, day to day functioning, and what they care about most. GRAT then helps connect older adults and loved ones with community resources for stabilization.
- Initiate home visits, and on occasion, virtual visits, with client.
- Engage client to identify needs through in-depth assessment utilizing evidence-based tools, considering cognitive, behavioral, social and functional aspects.
- Investigate complex psycho-social situations with collateral contacts, environmental observations, and when possible, review of prior attempts to engage client.
- Develop and implement strengths-based care plan with client.
- Mobilize clients' families and support circles to respond to client needs.
- Facilitate referrals to community programs, advocating for needed services and follow up.
- Seek and integrate cultural guidance from diverse community members/agencies about how to best serve individual clients.
- Enact crisis intervention strategies and refer to health care providers, APS, DCR’s, and/or law enforcement. Report suspicions of abuse, neglect, exploitation or fraud as a Mandatory Reporter to appropriate state or local authority and notify supervisor. Comply with other related laws, organization policies, and program procedures.
- Advance care plans, track progress, and close contact when interventions are substantively accomplished.
- Participate in team meetings to review assessments and interventions in case conference, to further strategize, collaborate, and confer with multidisciplinary team.
- Ensure areas of responsibility operate within the policies and procedures of Sound Generations and applicable governing agencies.
- Assist Supervisor with program planning and operations. Provide observations related to programmatic development to Supervisor.
Education: Master's degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field.
- WA State Department of Health clinical social work licensure (LICSW) or mental health counseling licensure (LMHC). Will consider those working toward licensure.
- Geriatric Mental Health Certification or the ability to obtain certification within 18 months of hire.
- Valid WA State Drivers' License or ability to obtain one within 30 days and access to insured vehicle to travel to sites, community meetings and other locations in a timely manner.
- Minimum three (3) years of professional experience working with older adults and/or individuals with cognitive or behavior issues, or comparable human services experience.
- Experience performing psychosocial, psychiatric, and substance use assessments, and developing interventions relevant to risk, with older adult population.