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Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Psychiatry within Primary Care, Full-time, Days in Wheaton, Illinois

Northwestern Medicine has an exciting opportunity for an experienced LCSW to work in our outpatient Psychiatry within Primary Care clinic located in Wheaton.

Shift: M-F, days; no nights/weekends/holidays/on-call.

The collaborative care social worker is a core member of the collaborative care team, including the patient’s medical provider and psychiatric consultant, as well as the larger primary care team or medical team. The collaborative care social worker is responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload with the patient’s medical provider and, when appropriate, other mental health providers.

*DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES*:

  1. Support the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. Closely coordinate care with the patient’s medical provider and, when appropriate, other mental health providers.

  2. Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders. Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up care.

  3. Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and the available treatment options.

  4. Systematically track treatment response and monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

  5. Support psychotropic medication management as prescribed by medical providers, focusing on treatment adherence monitoring, side effects, and effectiveness of treatment.

  6. Provide brief behavioral interventions using evidence-based techniques such as behavioral activation, problem-solving treatment, motivational interviewing, or other treatments as appropriate.

  7. Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g. problem-solving treatment or behavioral activation) as clinically indicated.

  8. Participate in regularly scheduled (usually weekly) caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s medical provider. Consultations will focus on patients new to the caseload and those who are not improving as expected under the current treatment plan. Case reviews may be conducted by telephone, video, or in person.

  9. Track patient follow up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients. Registry functions can be accomplished through an EHR build, on a spreadsheet used in conjunction with an EHR, or can be built into a stand-alone clinical management tracking system that may or may not be linked to an EHR.

  10. Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in EHR and other required systems so as to be shared with medical providers, psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

  11. Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the medical provider and the psychiatric consultant and who may need more intensive or more specialized mental health care.

  12. Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside of the organization (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).

  13. Develop and complete relapse prevention self-management plan with patients who have achieved their treatment goals and are soon to be discharged from the caseload.

  14. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

*Required:*

  • Masters Degree in Social Work from a school of Social Work accredited by CSWE.

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with the state of Illinois

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the state of Illinois

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois

  • A high level of interpersonal skills to affect positive outcomes.

  • Organizational skills necessary to prioritize and manage an appropriate caseload of patients coupled with performing the Social Worker functions.

  • Self-direction required for daily work.

  • Analytical skills necessary to independently collect, analyze, and interpret data, resolve problems requiring innovative solutions and to negotiate in sensitive situations

  • _Minimum of two (2) years of post-graduate experience in hospital Social Work or related settings_

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.

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