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Clinical Social Worker

Location : Washington DC
Job Type : Temp/Contract
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 3
Required Education : Masters in Social Work (LCSW/LICSW)
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

Provides patient clinical therapy services to patients and families with addiction/substance use and psychiatric disorders. Conducts psychosocial assessments and provides treatment, as indicated in relation to substance use and psychiatric needs.

Clinical Practice:
Screens and assesses patients as indicated for stage of change and readiness
Performs biopsychosocial assessment and diagnosis, formulates diagnosis, disposition, and treatment plans.
Advocates on behalf of patients and/or their families to gain access to services and resources.
Assist in discharge planning. Identify resources for referral, placement, and self-help groups
Provides risk management
Presents and/or discusses clinical work in formal and informal settings and seminars

Required Qualifications :

Departmental Responsibilities:

·       Participates in the development of formal and informal educational programs for the unit-based staff

·       Develops educational programs within area of expertise

·       Actively participates in performance improvement activities

·       Facilitates patient movement through the system and efficient use of resources through interdepartmental collaboration

·       Coordinates coverage for time off unit, time off, and off-hours

·       Participates in orientation of new staff members as indicated.

Professional Responsibilities:

·       Responsible for own professional growth and maintenance of required credentials

·       Maintains the standard and educational requirements specific to the position and licensure

·       Identifies own learning needs and goals

·       Maintains and updates clinical knowledge and skills based on current health care practice/research

·       Applies evidence-based research to practice

·       Evaluates own practice and program effectiveness. Participates peer review process

·       Evaluates current research findings for clinical specialty and determines applicability to unit practice

·       Independently seeks physician and supervisor consultation

·       Develops collegial relationships with referring PCPs and community providers

·       Maintains current CPR certification

·       Acts as role model for social service and support staff

·       Seeks and is responsible for ongoing professional growth and development resulting in maintaining and securing active licensure

·       Maintains an awareness of pertinent developments in the profession and in clinical practice

·       Participates in at least one committee on an annual basis

·       Attends unit staff meetings regularly

·       Assumes any other tasks as delegated.


·       Master of Social Work degree with current LICSW/LCSW

·       Minimum two years’ experience in the Social Work Setting. Experience treating            substance abuse disorders preferred.

·       Must have a telephone.

·       Demonstrate competence in specialized area related to:

·       Counseling and management of patients with addictions and other psychiatric/mental           health disorders.

·       Use of the following interventional strategies:

·       Brief/motivational interventions

·       Psychoeducation

·       Individual, family, and group therapy

·       Crisis management

·       Case management

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