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Clinical Social Worker- Inpatient Adult Psychiatry

Category: Social Work
CHA Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA 02139

Department: CH4 Social Workers
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Class: Union
Work Shift: Days
Work Days: 8:30 AM - 5 PM M-F, weekend hours available
Hours/Week: 0
Date Posted: 05/28/2021
Requisition Number: hrq-118338

Job Details

Cahill 4 at Cambridge Hospital is a locked, 18-bed psychiatric unit serving adults with chronic mental illness and addiction. Social workers are key part of a multidisciplinary team helping adults, age 19 and up, with acute and chronic behavioral health conditions such as schizophrenia, bi-polar and affective disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorder, and substance use. Staff employ a sensory approach to de-escalating patients and a treatment regimen that includes DBT/CBT group therapy. Our treatment focus is on assessment, stabilization, and aftercare planning. Social workers on the team take the lead in ensuring comprehensive discharge plans.


Provides assessment, evaluation, treatment and/or referral of adults with a wide range of psychiatric conditions.

Collaborates with multidisciplinary team to define and provide the services needed by patients.

Demonstrates a capacity to work collaboratively in a team setting, with an ability to listen to others, participate actively, and take appropriate responsibilities.

Offers treatment recommendations for specific diagnosis while educating patients and families about illness and treatment options. Contributes as a member of team in discussions of diagnosis and treatment.

Shares problems and considers issues of acuity and risk.

Participates in the assignment of mental health and addictions care options based on clinical practice criteria.

Participates in the educational therapeutic groups relating to substance abuse, trauma, affective disorders, social skills enhancement, and medical illness.

Shares and participates in the knowledge acquisition process of new initiatives, policies and practice.

Maintains awareness of medical issues and/or problems of patients to ensure patients have preventative and secondary care.

Collaborates on cases through the sharing of assessments and framework of treatment empowering PCP group to improve interventions.

Collaborates with other caregivers, community agencies and family members as necessary to provide systemically informed, community-based treatment.

Such collaboration may require participation in case review conferences and other meetings as needed.

Completes psychosocial assessments, treatment plans, termination notes, CANS assessments, and other required paperwork thoroughly and on time.

Provides all necessary documentation in clients' medical charts in an effective and timely fashion.

Participates in activities of the Cambridge Health Alliance Department of Social Work.

Participates in teaching and training activities including continuing education activities needed to maintain yearly licensing requirements.

With independent licensure, provides clinical supervision for clinical social workers and social work interns as needed.

May also provide clinical supervision for staff and trainees of other disciplines.

Makes referrals to a variety of community agencies and assists patients/clients with applications and with follow-up as appropriate.

Participates in the design and implementation of patient education and psycho-education programs for patients, families and others as necessary.


Master's degree in social work

Current MA licensure as LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker) preferred. LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) strongly considered with eligibility for licensure of LICSW within two years of LCSW.

When required, must be credentialed by the CHA Medical Staff for practice in relevant clinical practice areas.

Previous Experience:

- Minimum of two years post-Master's degree for LICSW preferably working in an inpatient psychiatry setting with a relevant population.

- Minimum of one-year internship experience for LCSW working in an inpatient psychiatry setting with relevant population.

All newly hired candidates must successfully complete a job specific physical agility test.


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