Behavioral Health MSW-PRN-Days-Porter Adventist Hospital:
Centura Health

Centura Health
Denver Colorado

Located in central Denver’s historic Washington Park residential neighborhood, associates at Porter Adventist Hospital enjoy beautiful surroundings, leading technology, outstanding leadership and easy access to everything great central Denver has to offer.   As a full-service Magnet® designated, 368-bed acute-care referral center specializing in behavioral health, cancer care, joint replacement, spinal care, advanced robotic surgery and organ transplantation, Porter Adventist Hospital treats some of the region’s most complex medical cases and surgery patients.  Our Heart and Vascular Institute is the first and only program in Colorado to receive full Heart Failure Accreditation status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. We have also received numerous awards and honors including: The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award (2014); top 50th orthopedic program ranking by U.S. News & World Report with high performing honors in eight specialties (2014); an “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group for Patient Safety (2014), as well as many others.  The Porter tradition of blending science and spirit began more than 75 years ago by Denver businessman Henry Porter with his generous donation after he experienced care at a Seventh Day Adventist Facility in CA and sought to bring that same philosophy of care to Denver. If you are ready for a career where the work you do truly transcends the walls of a hospital, we invite you to learn more at:


Job Description/Job Posting ID: 124476

Recruiter Contact: Donna Rigdon [email protected]

Clinic/Department: 6101 PAH PSYCHIATRIC 


Schedule: Per Request Needed

Shift: Days

Position Summary

Participates in patient assessment, counseling, support, and resource linkage. Provides counseling to patients and families as well as organizing and leading support groups. Works closely with physicians and other medical staff to aid patients in understanding treatment options, facilitating decision making, as well as providing a variety of other case work services in acute care areas, outpatient, and in the community.

Minimum Education Requirements

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling or related

Minimum Experience Requirements

  • One year of related clinical experience Demonstrates clinical and ethical professionalism, conflict resolution and critical thinking skills.


  • Current Colorado State License as a Clinical Social Worker (CSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

  • Current Basic Life Support from the American Heart Association

Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an *)

  • Assesses patient’s psychosocial history, cultural and spiritual needs through observation, interviews, and clinical data. *

  • Identifies patient needs and current resources (e.g., financial, patient rights, insurance, family support). *

  • Provides social casework services as part of an interdisciplinary approach. *

  • Participates in rounds, case conferences and committees to facilitate appropriate patient services. *

  • Provides support/interpretive services to physicians and hospital staff regarding patient’s psychosocial needs in order to enhance medical care. *

  • Given an understanding of the impact of social/agency policy, choosing interventions to enhance patient’s ability to function successfully in their environments. *

  • Functions as a patient advocate by communicating with patient, family, and staff regarding ethical dilemmas and identifying patient needs unmet by current resources and exploring alternate methods to meet patient needs. *

  • Given knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, coordinating necessary legal interventions in provision of care and discharge planning (i.e., guardianship and conservatorships, POA, etc.). *

  • Identifies impact of disease processes and human psychology on patients and families. *

  • Recognizes ethnic, cultural, and disabling human diversity factors in order to develop trusting work relationships with patients, families, and staff. *

  • Provides education to increase patient and family knowledge of illness, health maintenance/treatment options, and use of appropriate level of care. *

  • Organizes, promotes and leads support groups. *

  • Provides concise verbal communication and written documentation to patients/families and staff regarding assessment and other pertinent issues. *

  • Ability to prioritize and balance the various and at times irreconcilable interests of the patient, the insurance companies, medical staff, and the available programs and facilities. *

  • Consistently complies with all requirements of Federal and State laws, all regulatory agencies and accreditation standards, ethics guiding the behavioral health profession and Centura policies and standards of care. *

  • Ability to provide on-call coverage outside of standard scheduled hours per department and/or facility policy. *

  • Clinical documentation, including treatment plans, ongoing status, interventions, patient response and outcomes in an accurate and timely manager in accordance with managed care provider and Centura standards. *

  • Provides timely, clear written and verbal communication to relevant providers, managed care, and patient’s family members as appropriately. *

  • Maintains confidentiality regarding patient assessment, interventions and status. *

  • Enhances professional growth and development through educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings and workshops to remain current with industry changes. *

  • Participates and supports other department activities and community services.

  • Develops, organizes and conducts education sessions for patients, family members, physicians and staff. *

  • Recognizes opportunities for performance improvements and initiates efforts for system improvements. *

  • Adheres to professional code of ethics and to all accreditation requirements. *

  • Demonstrates effective time management and is proactive in prioritizing workload and meeting productivity requirements. *

  • Adapts to rapidly changing technologies, policies, regulations, census and staffing through priority setting and flexibility. *

Physical Requirements

  • Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. constantly

Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V. 

Basic Qualifications