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Clinical Social Worker, MSW

  • Job ID: 264339284
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: M-F, Daylight
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: University of Pittsburgh Physicians
  • Department: 51052 UPP10 MED Gastroenterology
  • Location: 200 Lothrop St, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $21.08 to $34.54 / hour


University of Pittsburgh Physicians is currently hiring a Regular, Full-Time Clinical Social Worker, MSW to support the UPMC Total Care - IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) patient-centered medical home within the Division of Gastroenterology. The IBD Medical home uses a collaborative care team approach to care to the patients medical and psychosocial needs.

The Clinical Social Worker is responsible for providing complete psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, individual, family, group, bereavement and end of life counseling, and timely and appropriate discharge planning based on known or anticipated needs.

  • Develop skills to identify, assess, counsel and effectively intervene with medically and psychosocially complex patients with the ability to understand complex dynamics
  • Successfully utilize therapeutic counseling methods such as crisis intervention, psychosocial support, brief goal-directed therapy, CBT, DBT, mindfulness, relaxation training, hypnosis, and motivational interviewing.
  • Create biopsychosocial treatment plans in conjunction with the shared goals of the Total Care team and patient. Link treatment plan to specific goals improving patient outcomes.
  • Collaborate effectively with the healthcare team, patients and families, and relevant community resources to develop and implement an individualized plan of care.
  • Complete biopsychosocial assessments and case management referrals.
  • Offer ongoing support to the patient and consultation to the treatment team, including weekly attendance at team meetings.  Coordinate with other relevant providers.
  • Develops population-specific clinical expertise in treating patients with chronic illnesses.
  • Participate in ongoing research projects, quality improvement projects, and events supported by the Digestive Disorders Center
  • Monitor and evaluates plan, options and available services to effectively meet the patients' needs. Reassess the plan of care as status changes at a minimum of every 1-3 days.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional practice, maintaining respect for confidentiality and freedom of choice as outlined by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of reimbursement systems, the ability to educate patients and families regarding payer requirements/coverage for post-hospital services and the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of the patient to obtain authorization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, assess, counsel, and effectively intervene with medically and psychosocially complex patients.
  • Demonstrate expertise in accessing social systems by providing resource-specific information to patients/families, initiating contact with resources and facilitating the patient's/family's ability to accept referrals.
  • Maintain extensive knowledge of federal, state and local assistance programs and community resources that affect patient needs.
  • Utilize the modalities of crisis intervention, brief goal directed therapy or other therapeutic counseling methods.
  • Provide accurate, timely, and appropriate documentation of all social work interventions in the medical record per regulatory policies and procedures.
  • Complete a psychosocial assessment that includes social, economic, cultural, and behavioral factors, history of child, elder or domestic abuse , prior psychiatric or substance abuse treatment, and all other available resources.
  • Follow the guidelines of the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare team patients and families and relevant community resources to develop and implement an individualized plan of care.
  • Educate and advocate for patients and families to enhance their ability to make informed decisions regarding medical care, discharge planning, advance directives and end of life care.


  • Masters in Social Work (MSW) required from a graduate school approved by the Council on Social Work Education. 
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience preferred, preferably in an acute care hospital or other health care entity.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Clinical Social Worker (CSW) OR Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
    • LCSW strongly preferred 
  • Act 34

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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