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Social Worker

Company: Northwestern Memorial Healthcare
Location: naperville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Company Description

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Job Description

The Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organizations Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

Collaborates and participates in the coordination of screening, assessment, and planning activities for assigned patient and their families with complex psycho-social and economic needs. Utilize expertise and problem- solving skills to achieve optimal clinical outcomes within effective resources and time-frames. Promotes a seamless and safe discharge throughout the continuum of care.


  • Collaborates with the care team for planning and community linkage for patients and families with complex social, economic, and emotional needs.
  • Participates in huddles and keeps all members of the care team apprised of the current state and plan of care.
  • Develops positive relationships with members of the care team, and community resources.
  • Collaborates with the care team members to identify at risk populations and opportunities to improve care delivery and on-going support, thus increasing efficiencies and effectiveness.
  • Makes timely and appropriate referrals to ancillary support staff in order to facilitate progress toward a better quality of life.
  • Identifies, assesses and responds to patient and family needs, incorporating age specific developmental, psychological, cultural, and spiritual needs. Emphasis is placed on addressing the social and emotional needs of the patient and family that may impact on the patients response to medical treatment. These needs may include, but are not limited to adjustment to illness, poor or limited coping abilities, functional impairment, mental illness, guardianship issues, compliance, need for additional resources dues to limited funds available, substance abuse, cultural differences, death, dying, bereavement, and family welfare, including abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
  • Provides timely and effective interventions for patients and families in emergency and crisis, including referrals to appropriate support resources.
  • Educates team members regarding the socio-economic, emotional and cultural issues that impact care delivery, coping skills, and response to treatment.
  • Serves as an advocate for the patient and family. Serves as a lead resource and assists with referrals in coordinating charity and financial resources, guardianship issues, family problems or conflicts, and competency issues.
  • Administers and interprets tests and measures of psycho-social functioning for the purpose of:
  • Diagnosing mental, emotional, behavioral, addictive, and development disorders and disabilities.

  • Develops and implements appropriate assessment based treatment plan. Consults with team physician, statutory and voluntary agencies and patients relatives to ensure compliance with treatment plan.
  • Provides crisis-oriented Psychotherapy and connects patient and family with appropriate resources.
  • Applies specialized clinical knowledge and advanced clinical skills in the area of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, and behavioral, addictions disorders or conditions and makes appropriate referrals or transfers to correct level of care.
  • Potential job sharing among other departments in the primary care group
  • Provide education and consultation to health coaches and providers on the basic principles of brief behavioral interventions and reinforcing their use in office visits.



Required :

  • One full year experience and/or internship in a medical social work role in hospital or outpatient setting or agency.
  • Licensed Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Self-motivated, flexible and has strong communication skills.

Preferred :

  • Two years experience in hospital setting or outpatient experience
  • Experience working in an integrated behavioral health model of care
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • ACSW (Academy of Certified Social Workers) preferred
Additional Information

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

Keywords: Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, Naperville , Social Worker, Other , naperville, Illinois

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