Social Worker - Behavioral Health Care

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(7/28/2020 4:48 PM)
Requisition ID
Allied Health
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


This position is based out of Lurie Children's Pediatrics at Clark and Deming (2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place, Suite 600, Chicago, Illinois 60614).


The Social Worker Behavioral Health Care, under the supervision of a staff psychiatrist, provides evidence-based care in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health disorders to the children and adolescents in a primary care setting and collaborates with primary care team to ensure that patient’s behavioral health needs are being met across the developmental continuum. This position provides individual, group, and family psychotherapy, as well as crisis intervention services. The Social Worker ensures that the quality of care is safe, effective, patient centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.


The Social Worker Behavioral Health Care reflects the mission, vision, and values of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, with specific responsibility of implanting and adhering to the principles of the Collaborative Care model of an Integrated Behavioral.


1. Conducts and monitors population screenings and provides appropriate follow up care as needed.

2. Renders an evidence-based opinion regarding the patient’s mental status, competency, prospective dangerousness, diagnosis, and need for psychiatric treatment.

3. Works collaboratively with all staff on the treatment team to ensure seamless behavioral health care.

4. The candidate will provide structured psychotherapy that is evidence-based as effective in primary care

settings, including but not limited to parent management training, brief interventions for anxiety and depression, and group therapies for parent management training, development of self-regulation skills, psychoeducation, and other topics.

5. The candidate may provide supervision and training of social work interns.

6. Educates patients and primary care providers and staff on the principles and benefits of Collaborative Care

7. Support primary care providers as needed with real-time formal and informal health consultations and by keeping them informed of patient outcomes and progress

8. Determine the appropriateness of each patient referred to Collaborative Care arranges alternatives for

patients deemed inappropriate. Also arranges outside resources as needed for enrolled/discharged patients

9. Updates and maintains patient care registry and reviews date with primary care providers for management

of population care.

10. Assists the primary care treatment team in educating families on member’s conditions, medical treatments and facilitates patient and families becoming increasingly independent in ensuring that the patient’s behavioral health needs are being met.

11. Collaborates closely with the patient’s primary care physician, medical residents, attending psychiatrist and family to implement care plan and provides communication link between all involved in case plan

12. Collaborates regularly with payors, physicians and other agencies to improve processes and systems related to care coordination.

13. Monitors patients behavioral health status and collaborates with primary care treatment team to ensure behavioral needs are being met.

11. Provides primary care treatment team and parents/caregivers with behavior health related education required to care for child in home/community.

12. Assists parent/caregivers as needed with the following tasks:

  • Scheduling behavioral health and related appointments
  • Linking participant and family/guardian to community based organizations andservices.
  • Follow up with/support for patient and family/guardian
  • Communication with/support for primary care treatment team

13. Other Responsibilities

• Adheres to all policies and procedures

• Documents in a thorough and timely manner in accordance with professional standards (see assessment/documentation policies).

• Maintains strict confidentiality of client, company and personnel information

• Demonstrates a strong commitment to the mission and values of the organization.

• Continues professional growth through educational opportunities, professional literature review, or other enrichment opportunities.

14. Other job functions as assigned.


1. Master's degree in social work from a university approved by the council for social work education


2. Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in state of Illinois required plus five (5) years post graduate social work experience with at least one year in a health care setting. Child welfare and mental health experience valuable.

3. One to three years relevant clinical experience, current knowledge of health care trends, practices, related to pediatric health care and care coordination.

4. One year of supervised clinical experience in a human-services field.

5. Ability to travel locally with a valid drivers’ license and automobile insurance.

6. Experience working in partnership with health care professionals and support staff. Demonstrates ability to problem solve, support team work in a multidisciplinary setting. Must be flexible and adjust well to a changing environment.

7. Computer literacy including working in Electronic Medical Record Systems, Microsoft Office applications, conducting internet research, etc.

8. Excellent written and verbal communication skills necessary.

9. Working knowledge of payer requirements, contracts and managed care is a plus.

10. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.

11. Detail oriented with the ability to multi-task and work independently.

12. Depending on position location, fluency in Spanish may be required.

13. Familiarity/expertise with structured diagnostic interviews such at the Kiddie-SADS or ADIS, and evidence based psychological treatments in individual and group formats including the Coping Cat, IPT, DBT, TFT and structured parent training approaches like PCIT strongly preferred


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