The Penn Memory Center is currently seeking the following people to join our multi-disciplinary team of health professionals:
The social worker who fills this position will be responsible for supporting Penn Memory Center patients and their family caregivers. This will be, for now, a remote position. The Penn Memory Center employs social workers as part of the multidisciplinary team to work with the physicians on patient care. Once a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder, the family experiences intense need. The model in the Penn Memory Center is for the MDs to provide medical care, and the social workers tend to the emotional and behavioral problems experienced by families affected with Alzheimer’s disease. The person in this position will provide psychoeducation about the disease and its progression, how to manage challenging behaviors, and help people accept a difficult and life changing diagnosis. In addition to working directly with individuals and families, the social worker will facilitate classes and support groups for caregivers and run programs to enhance our Center’s programmatic offerings for families. Finally, the social worker is involved in community education and outreach as well as recruiting for our research studies. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the needs of the families we serve have increased and are even more intense.
Master’s Degree and LSW with 2 years of experience, preferably in a healthcare setting or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Knowledge of neurological conditions preferred
Identifies and attends to the psychological needs of patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease/other forms of dementia.
Identifies and attends to the psychological needs of patients and families through brief counseling
Provides psychoeducation and supports medical provider in helping families understand diagnosis, treatment options, care and future planning.
Facilitates psychoeducational and support groups for patients and caregivers.
Collaborates with outreach team to give presentations in the community and to promote diversity and inclusion in our clinical practice, support programs, and research
Provides task supervision to social work interns.
Makes referrals within Penn and in the community.
Documents in patients electronic medical records and in PMC database.
The Penn Memory Center is constantly seeking professionals who can demonstrate creativity, innovation, passion, teamwork, self-motivation, and commitment to advance our mission of treating Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Check back for any new Penn Memory Center openings.