Indiana University Health

LCSW Senior (Hybrid work from home & office based position) Social Worker Sleep Lab - Senate

Sleep Lab - Senate

Job Location

Sleep Lab - Senate
950 N Meridian St Ste 1200


Virtual Care Beh Health

Date Posted

November 16, 2020

Schedule & Shift

  • Days
  • Full Time

Requisition Number

The social worker (SW) is a core member of the integrated behavioral health care team, along with the patient’s medical provider, psychiatric consultant, and patient. The SW is responsible for supporting and coordinating the mental and physical health care of patients on an assigned patient caseload. The SW facilitates ongoing communication with patients’ referring medical provider, as well as any other pertinent treatment providers, to ensure optimum level of care of patients. The SW effectively engages patients in brief therapeutic interventions while using evidence-based tools to assess progress. The SW communicates patient progress to the entire care team and adjusts treatment plans in collaboration with all members of the care team. Outside referrals are facilitated by the SW when patient requires alternate or higher level of care. The SW is responsible for maintaining data entry to monitor individual treatment progress, as well as overall program effectiveness.


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.

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.

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Qualifications for the LCSW Senior (Hybrid work from home & office based position) Social Worker Role

  • Master's Degree in Social Work required.
  • CPI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) certification required within 6 months.
  • Permanent LSW licensure required, LCSW licensure preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience preferred in one of the following areas (mental health, Department of Child and Family Services, adult protective services, Veteran's Administration, substance abuse).
  • Requires experience working with geographically and financially diverse patient populations.
  • Requires proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.
  • Requires knowledge of the impact of the disease process and of human behavior to provide psychosocial assessments, short-term therapeutic counseling and crisis intervention to patients, families and staff.
  • Requires knowledge of state and county adult and child protective legal mandates.
  • Requires knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
  • Maintains principles, practices and techniques of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the community, medical teams, law enforcement, APS/CPS, schools, probation and other agencies as indicated.
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