• Social Worker - Substance Use Program

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 2 months ago(12/19/2018 10:29 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Allied Health
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Lurie Children’s Division of Adolescent Medicine is seeking a full-time licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) to provide diagnostic and therapeutic services to youth ages 12 through 24 years of age and their families. Reporting to the Substance Use Program Director, this is a key clinical position working alongside other behavioral health providers in this subspecialty program. This program is unique in its focus, and we’re looking for an equally unique candidate who can effectively manage a fulltime clinical caseload within a multidisciplinary program of medical and behavioral health providers. The core functions of the Social Worker include: providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to children and their families, assisting patients and families with understanding and adhering to treatment plans, linking patients and families to community agencies and services and protective services for patients and families at risk. The position actively supports the Hospital’s and the Department’s quality goals and performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.


    We are interested in applicants who are well-organized, flexible, and passionate about helping others.


    Essential Job Functions:

    1. Performs comprehensive diagnostic evaluations of children, adolescents and emerging adults (up to age 25), identifying special developmental needs. Provides individual, family and group therapy to youth and families.
    2. Collaborates and provides clinical consultation as needed with team members across the continuum, including intra- and inter-departmentally within the Hospital setting. Collaborates and provides consultation as needed to community-based clinicians with whom patients may be in care.
    3. Provides community outreach/training as needed. Consults with schools personnel and families within the context of care and as needed.
    4. Completes all case management duties of assigned cases including discharge planning, completion of the diagnostic evaluation and referrals to appropriate support services as needed.
    5. Participates in rounds, treatment meetings, patient care conferences, staffing, multidisciplinary case conferences, etc. Maintains clinical documentation in a thorough and timely manner.
    6. Collaborates with team members in writing/reviewing program and departmental policies and procedures as needed. Works with team members and Division Manager and/or Medical Director to provide appropriate coverage for scheduled absences.
    7. Participates in continuing education events including MYR and professional certification/licensure. Participates in program behavioral health meetings, departmental social work meetings, program task forces, etc.
    8. Maintains appropriate records and statistics and enhances information and referral lists for staff use.
    9. Communicates with team on changing hospital, community agency and governmental policies that impact on the treatment and care of youth and their families.
    10. Addresses the psychosocial/spiritual/developmental/cultural needs of the patient and family throughout the continuum of care.
    11. Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others.
    12. Participates in the academic mission of the Division of Adolescent Medicine by collecting clinical research data as needed, co-authoring manuscripts, and making presentations within community and academic meetings.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    1. Master’s degree in social work from university approved by the council for social work education is required. 
    2. License Requirements: If eligible, employee must have active LCSW.  If employee is not yet LCSW eligible, employee must have LSW or obtain LSW within 6 months of employment start date and employee must obtain LCSW upon meeting eligibility criteria. 
    3. Minimum of two (2) years of work experience or internship completion in a health care, child welfare or mental health setting is required.  Experience working with children and families.
    4. Ability to think proactively, acts creatively, and takes initiative appropriately.  Excellent communication, critical-thinking, and interpersonal skills.
    5. Demonstrated ability to work as a part of multiple teams.
    6. Special physical requirements – sits and stands throughout the day.  Physical management of patients in crisis situation may be necessary.
    7. Basic Life Support Certification required.


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