Job Summary

The LICSW/LMHC is responsible for conducting face to face sessions with patients in order to complete thorough assessments, develop treatment plans, and provide supportive counseling, crisis intervention and brief therapy. Responsible for serving populations with a variety of clinical needs; works with patients and team members in an effort to maximize patients’ potential for the healthiest coping responses to their challenging situation, including timely and safe discharge plans; makes appropriate community referrals for follow up as needed. Serves as a liaison between the medical staff and the patient/family and provide interventions designed to minimize patient stress and maximize coping skills to expedite recovery; collaborates with all team members to maximize discharge planning and patient progression; participates in clinical training and supervision as needed.


Master’s degree in Social Work from a Licensed Independent Social Worker Certification Board (MA) required; Experience in the social work field, experience in health care settings is preferred.

Representative Job Duties

  • Provides direct social work service to patients and families and/or groups of patients by providing assistance with social and practical environmental problems.
  • Screens patients to identify psychosocial needs/acuity and opportunity for SW intervention based on case finding, patient needs, and referrals from care team at admission + 1. Accurately evaluates social and family situation to determine social work treatment plan.
  • Consistently interprets social, emotional, and family problems to attending physicians and other team members via rounds, and documents as often as indicated by cases.
  • Provides assistance with all aspects of social and practical environmental problems.
  • Provides emotional support to patients and families and/or groups of patients who may exhibit feelings of anxiety and stress precipitated by illness and hospitalization. Conducts interventions based on needs identified during initial assessment. Advocates for patient and family wishes when appropriate. Provides emotional support to patient and family during hospitalization. Educates patient and family on the intent of the intervention as needed. Inform care team, patient and family of anticipated post-discharge needs.
  • Assists all identified patients/families with emotional support in accordance with acceptable social work practice.
  • Provides counseling to patients and families with issues related to institutional and specialized care in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Crisis Interventions: Supports care team during medical crisis, adult & child protection/guardianship, adolescent pregnancy, substance dependency/abuse, suicide attempt, trauma/victim of violence, and abuse and/or neglect.
  • Psychosocial Assessments: Completes psychosocial assessment for patients based on initial screening, case finding and referrals. Documents all assessments and progress notes in EPIC according to departmental guidelines; communicates with Case Manager (CM) and care team based on the outcome of the assessments.
  • Routine Interventions: Patient advocacy, continuum of care, end of life counseling, family meetings, and referrals to community resources, occupational/educational counseling, new diagnosis and/or adjustment to illness counseling, grief and bereavement.
  • Maintains acceptable working knowledge of resources needed to provide patients with continuity of care before and after discharge.
  • Regularly updates knowledge base on subjects regarding State (Medicaid), Federal (Medicare) requirements and the regulations/resources needed to provide patient with continuity of care.
  • Accurately documents and communicates the precise needs of patients to community resources in an efficient and timely manner
  • Participates in in-service and staff development activities by attendance, serving on planning committees and/or offering topics for pertinent educational programs.
  • Actively leads staff discussions on topics which relate directly to particular service or social work theory as scheduled by department.
  • Documents all activities relevant to casework, discharge planning and follow-up in accordance with SBCHC and Social Work Policy, Procedure and Guidelines and regulatory requirements.
  • Participates in education/research activities
  • Participates and assists in departmental studies and projects as assigned.
  • Provides peer supervision to newly hired social workers.
  • Provides education to social work students, medical residents, staff, nursing students and other health students and interns.
  • Acts as liaison between the health center and outside agencies/legal authorities and referral sources.
  • Acts as therapist in daily therapy sessions and provides individual counseling/problem solving sessions as needed.
  • Documents interventions and patient’s response to the intervention in their medical record.
  • Effectively responds to the unique needs of patients by demonstrating sensitivity.
  • Communicates appropriately using good interpersonal skills.
  • Serves, manages and supports internal and external customers.
  • Participates in performance improvement activities.
  • Participates as a team member and is accountable for own work responsibilities.
  • Assumes other duties as required.


Competitive benefits package.  

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