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Clinical Social Worker- Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psych

Category: Social Work
CHA Somerville Campus, Somerville, MA 02143

Department: Child/Adol Inpatient Psych Support
Job Type: Per Diem
Job Class: Union
Work Shift: Days
Work Days: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Hours/Week: 0
Date Posted: 05/28/2021
Requisition Number: hrq-118337

Job Details

Cambridge Health Alliance will be adding 42 new child, adolescent and specialized autism spectrum/neurodevelopmental beds at its Somerville Campus, bringing CHA's total capacity for youth beds to 69. The new CHA Center of Excellence for Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Care at Somerville will provide a transformative continuum of patient- and family-centered care for diverse youth with mental health needs. The Center will also provide unique opportunities for training and research at CHA to identify when, where and how
to positively impact trajectories of the Commonwealth's most vulnerable youth.

This position will serve a critical role in these new services, providing clinical social work services for a caseload of patients. The position may be based at either the CHA Cambridge Hospital or Somerville Hospital campuses initially, but will ultimately be based at CHA Somerville Hospital once all units are fully operational at that campus


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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