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Clinical Social Worker- Community Behavioral Health Center

Date Posted: 01/29/2023

Requisition Number: 2915

Location: CHA Cambridge Hospital 

Work Days: Possibility of some evening and weekend hours if desired.  

Category: Social Work  

Department: Psych Transition Service  

Job Type: Full time  

Work Shift: Various Shifts 

Hours/Week: 40.00 

Union: Yes 

Union Name: Union of Social Workers

Exciting opportunity to provide new models of care for walk-in/urgent care access including days, evenings and weekends. The new CHA CBHC Cambridge program provides behavioral health evaluation and initial treatment services for individuals of all ages.

Clinical Social Workers within the Outpatient Department of Psychiatry are vital members of our multidisciplinary treatment teams. In collaboration with their team, they provide services to those individuals, couples, and families who can derive maximum benefit from outpatient care across the spectrum of programs offered within the department. The diversity of the client population served, in addition to the treatment modalities utilized, requires interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration. In this position the clinician would be working primarily within a short term bridging model, helping to transition patients from more intensive levels of care to ambulatory psychiatry, as well as seeing patients in our Urgent Care Clinic, where patients are evaluated and then directed on to other levels of care - either more intensive like Partial Hospitalization, or to ambulatory care in their communities. 

Qualifications/Requirements Education/Training: MSW, with 1-2 yrs post masters work experience. Clinical orientation:We are committed to excellence in the care we provide to patients with trauma and we are seeking candidates with expertise in empirically-supported treatments for PTSD and complex PTSD, including Cognitive Processing Therapy, EMDR, Prolonged Exposure, and skills-based DBT. Licensure: LCSW, with LICSW within 12 mths. Certifications: When required, must be credentialed by the CHA Medical Staff for practice in relevant clinical practice areas. Linguistic/Diversity: Needs to be completely bilingual in Portuguese or Spanish, in addition to English, and able to conduct psychotherapy visits in either Spanish or Portuguese.

 CHA is committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive professional community and encourages members of underrepresented groups across several dimensions (e.g.race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation) to apply. Physical Skills: Ability to negotiate the physical space of the clinical setting, and to utilize an electronic medical record system. Mental Skills: Analytical, organizational, observational and documentation skills. Integration of theory and practice. Knowledge, skills and abilities required upon entrance into the position: Ability to assess patients for DSM-V disorders, with skill and prior experience in making triage decisions, in assessing risk, and in applying the multiaxial diagnostic classification accurately. Ability to develop rapport with diverse patients having mental and/or substance use disorders. Knowledge, skill and experience in at least two core areas of psychosocial treatment (e.g. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, short term Solution Focused or Problem Solving therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, or other evidence-based approaches). The expectation will be that candidates will use these areas of treatment for patient care Ability to develop individualized treatment plans taking into account patient needs and available clinical services, using a full range of appropriate treatment modalities (such as crisis intervention, individual and group psychotherapy, couple and family therapy, supportive therapy, intermittent therapy, and/or behavior therapy). Ability to provide clinical care to patients commonly seen in primary care and specialty mental health settings (including core disorders, such as patients with mood or anxiety disorders; patients with personality and/or addictive disorders; and patients with post-traumatic stress disorder). Skill and experience in working as a productive and collegial member of multidisciplinary mental health teams, and in collaborating with other health care providers (e.g., primary care and medical specialists). Skill and experience in managing time, maintaining schedules, and in completing documentation and other work assignments on time. Ability to manage a mixed cohort of new and continuing patients to promote rapid access to care, with particular skill in orienting patients, setting goals for treatment, addressing poor engagement in treatment such as non-attendance, and properly documenting patient encounters for both clinical and business purposes. Ability to include a focus on population health: by considering clinical resource allocation through utilization management and peer review; by supporting the role of community-based agencies in providing adjunct services; and by recognizing opportunities for early intervention and preventive services. Excellent communication skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff and trainees in other fields, including primary care, and in assuring coordination of care across treatment settings. May contribute mission critical language/culture knowledge and fluency for service area demographics. Demonstrated computer literacy appropriate to administrative and clinical practice. Ability to support academic programs of the department, including participation in teaching programs as appropriate. Ability to support and strengthen the mission, vision, and values of CHA. Additional Knowledge, skills and abilities that may be acquired in position. Certain skills may be deemed essential for some specialties. Ability to be flexible in use of patient visits to promote early identification of illness and independent functional status; Understanding of case management with knowledge of local resources. Understanding of rehabilitation and recovery services and their applicability to individual patients; Understanding of the potential role of general medical illnesses to produce or complicate psychiatric illness, with attention to appropriate use of primary care services by therapy patients. 

With the CBHC contract going into effect Jan 1, 2023 the Urgent Care service will need to be staffed 8am - 8pm Monday - Friday, and 9am - 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. This is going to require some flexibility in our staffing patterns, and will mean that there will be opportunities for clinicians interested in working evening hours, and weekend days, to work more flexible work schedules if they so desire. 

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