Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Emergency Department (Per Diem, Evening) - #19503469

Boston Medical Center

Date: Dec 26, 2020
City: Boston, MA
Contract type: Full time
Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center (BMC) is more than a hospital. It's a network of support and care that touches the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England. The hospital is also the primary teaching affiliate of the nationally ranked Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and a founding partner of Boston HealthNet – an integrated health care delivery system that includes many community health centers. Join BMC today and help us achieve our Vision 2030 which is a long-term goal to make Boston the healthiest urban population in the world.

Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Department: Emergency Department

Schedule: Per Diem/ Evenings 4PM -12:30AM


Level 1 Trauma Center utilizes licensed clinical social workers to provide crisis intervention services to patients and families impacted by major traumas, acute grief, catastrophic injuries or illness, protective concerns, intimate partner violence, community violence, and deaths.

Clinical social workers consult, assess, and intervene with high-risk patients and their families in one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the country. The position consults and collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams as well as a wide range of social, governmental and legal agencies, courts, schools, clinics, other hospitals, physicians and others in the overall care of patients.

Utilizing clinical social work techniques and theory, consults on, assesses, and intervenes with high-risk patients and their families regarding the impact/amelioration of emotional and social problems. Duties also include, but are not limited to, conducting psychosocial assessments, making a psychosocial diagnosis, planning and implementing effective treatments, evaluation, education, supervision, coaching and mentoring of the patient (client) and family members. The position consults with, collaborates and communicates with a wide range of social, governmental and legal agencies, courts, schools, clinics, other hospitals, physicians and other sources in the overall care of the patient.

Provides support to patients and families dealing with acute grief, catastrophic injuries or illness, abuse/protective concerns, intimate partner violence, community violence, and death.

  • Screens and assesses children, elders, and disabled patients for protective concerns.

  • Complies with responsibilities as mandated reporter on behalf of vulnerable children and adults.

  • Collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams on behalf of patients and families.

  • Provides brief, solution-focused interventions and develops safety plans with patients as needed.

  • Completes biopsychosocial assessments and other specialized trauma assessments.

  • Provides trauma informed, strengths-based interventions on behalf of patients and families.

  • Screens and assesses patients for needs regarding social determinants of health.

  • Provides case management and advocacy on behalf of patients and families.

  • Collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams and community providers on behalf of patients and families.

  • Provides crisis intervention and problem solving support as needed.

  • Develops and maintains effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families.

  • Provides information, referrals, and counseling relative to health issues, child/elder/disabled protective needs, intimate partner violence, end of life needs, community violence, substance use/abuse, disabilities, mental health concerns, and homelessness.

  • Provides emotional support to families experiencing acute grief.

  • Uses techniques including motivational interviewing, reflective listening, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral treatment to support patients and families

  • Other related tasks as assigned by manager.


Requires a Master's Degree from an accredited school of Social Work and experience with trauma-informed care.


Requires a Massachusetts license as a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).


  • Knowledge about trauma and experience providing trauma-informed care required.

  • Crisis experience strongly preferred.

  • Previous experience in hospital or healthcare setting preferred.

  • Excellent English language skills to summarize and communicate orally and in writing moderately complex information in varied formats to internal and external customers.

  • Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of racial and ethnic populations. Cultural competence is very important. Bicultural/Bilingual competency a plus.

  • Computer literacy with the ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheet programs, and e-mail (i.e. MS Word, Excel, Outlook), and web browsers.

  • Must be comfortable in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment (sense of humor is valued).

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