Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)®
Social Work Program Coordinator Role
The Social Work Program Coordinator coordinates all functions related to the planning and implementation of the Charla de Lupus (Lupus Chat)® Program (Charla). This national program, ongoing since 1994, serves teens and adults with lupus, a complex auto-immune illness affecting primarily women of color. In addition to the specific duties listed below, participation in learning opportunities within the Department of Social Work Programs is ongoing. Close collaboration with the health team in multiple hospital sites is an integral part of the position. The coordinator will also have responsibility for program planning and administrative activities to further program goals.
- Conducts psychosocial assessments and intervention for selected clients at designated hospitals/health care sites, including assessment of high risk situations.
- Provides educational interventions, advocacy and referral to resources to help clients and their families understand and cope with the impacts of lupus. Provides follow-up to determine outcome.
- Coordinates all functions related to implementing the Charla Teen, Young Adults and Parent group, including arranging for monthly speakers and activities, creating flyers and coordinating mailings, reaching out to group members, developing program schedules and curriculum, conducting assessments of clients for appropriateness for group and data base management.
- Demonstrates effective group facilitation skills as leader/co-leader of Teen, Young Adult & Parent Chat Group, facilitating group to enhance coping, understanding and sharing of lupus-related concerns.
- Initiates, maintains and strengthens opportunities to collaborate with health professionals from relevant organizations to assess, organize, and participate in collaborative opportunities.
- Develops and conducts program evaluation activities to assess client and volunteer satisfaction with the program, and target areas for improvement.
- Participates in program-related research initiatives, preparation, and presentation of data for national conferences.
- Provides assistance with recruitment, mentoring and supervision to program volunteers in peer counseling and peer health education, as well as other relevant skills, for on-site and telephone-based volunteers.