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Mental Health Home

Lewes, Delaware, United States
December 11, 2018

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Ellen M. Sheridan-Harness, MSW, LICSW *** William Dorsey St. Lewes, DE 19958 253-***-****


MEDICAL SOCIAL WORKER Multicare Health System Home Health and Hospice

Tacoma, WA 2016 - 2018

Worked independently as part of a multidisciplinary team Completed psychosocial assessments and interventions for patients across the continuum of home health/hospice services, assisting with resource referral and coordinating with community partners/ agencies • Provided psychosocial support to patients and families often related to death and dying, coping with crisis, and access to resources, ensuring that acute needs were met but also addressing long term care planning needs • Partnered with patients, family/support system, as well as multidisciplinary team to provide seamless continuity of care through transitions, either between locations (hospital, facilities, home) or between services (home health, hospice), working to identify opportunities to improve patient care and services whenever possible • Worked with patients across a variety of living environments including private homes, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, adult family homes, hotels/motels, shelters, and with people experiencing homelessness • Active member of Mary Bridge and Tacoma General Ethics Committee; familiar with EPIC and EPIC remote

PERSONAL HEALTH PARTNER Multicare Health System Tacoma General Hospital Tacoma, WA 2015 – 2016

Partnered with key stakeholders including patients, families, students, medical staff, and the community to deliver proper and exemplary care in all cases to patients with complicated discharge needs and multiple psychosocial barriers to a safe discharge • Implemented strong communication and creative problem-solving skills to adapt to each individual or group and was recognized by colleagues for providing astute contributions to treatment team meetings • Worked effectively and efficiently in both a team environment and independently to achieve optimal patient care and goals and create a safe discharge plan • Able to quickly handle difficult situations with tact and compassion

PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE Multicare Health Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Tacoma, WA 2013 - 2015

Supported children and families in the Pediatric ICU, conducting assessments for suicidal ideation, substance abuse, mental health, child abuse, and others, making referrals as indicated • Assisted in the preparation of culturally appropriate family-centered plans of care for patients and families by identifying, interpreting, and reducing (when able) psychosocial factors contributing to illness • Provided acute grief and loss counseling to families in cases of sudden and traumatic death • Counseled and aided patients and families to better understand medical recommendations and options


Tacoma, WA 2009-2011

• Supported patients and their families in their homes, nursing facilities, adult family homes, and hospice houses at the end of their lives • Provided community resources to assist with achieving patient comfort care goals through end of life planning, working with interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team as needed to provide services • Developed and maintained professional relationships with medical staff, clinic teams, community providers, and payers to promote effective coordination of care across the continuum of services • Planned and coordinated interventions, communicating the plan of action to interdisciplinary patient care team and evaluating the intervention effectiveness • Provided grief counseling and bereavement support to families before, during, and after the death of the patient

INOVA FAIRFAX HOSPITAL Neuro Intensive Care Unit and Level One Emergency Room MSW

Falls Church, VA 2005 - 2008

Provided ED/Trauma/Crisis intervention services for both adult and pediatric Level 1 Trauma Center, conducting child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crime assessments, making appropriate referrals • Assisted with discharge planning services to help patients with a safe disposition and hospital transition, referring to appropriate health services, law enforcement, and protection agencies • Advocated on behalf of patients and families/caregivers for services access and protection of the patient's health, safety, and rights • Advocated on behalf of the organization to promote safety, quality, and appropriateness of resource utilization


Multicare; Mary Bridge Children's, Tacoma General, Allenmore Hospital, and Covington Hospital

Tacoma, WA 1998 - 2005 and 2008 - 2015

• Provided ED/Trauma/Crisis Intervention services for both an adult and pediatric Level 2 Trauma Center • Conducted assessments for mental health, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, sexual assault, domestic violence, and other violent crimes for both adults and children • Assisted with discharge planning to assure a safe transition from the hospital to the community, making appropriate referrals to community resources, protection agencies, law enforcement, and mental health services, both voluntary and involuntary • Provided crisis intervention and assistance to families with an understanding of the implications and complexities of medical situations, as well as acute grief/loss counseling in cases of sudden and traumatic


BRIDGES The Center for Grieving Children (Internship)

CASA- Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Dependency (Internship)

Greater Lakes Mental Health- Crisis Intervention Specialist

Eastside Mental Health-Western State Hospital Liaison

South Sound Advocates-Mental Health Case Manager and Intensive Case Manager

Community Youth Services-Juvenile Diversion Community Accountability (Internship)

ASSESSMENTS; Mental Health, Bereavement, Child Abuse, Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Capacity

EPIC for clinical documentation


2005 Master's Degree in Social Work in Social

University of Washington - Tacoma, WA

1991 Bachelor of Science in Community Services in Community Services

St Martin's College - Olympia, WA 1991-12


United States Air Force San Antonio, TX 1979 – 1983 Inpatient Psychiatric Technician


Delaware LCSW Q1-0001650 Exp 1.31.2020

Washington LICSW LW-60176221 Exp 7.22.2019

Basic Life Support Exp. 10/2020

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