Social Worker MSW--General Internal Medicine

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Location: Burlington, MA
Job ID: 169122-1A
Date Posted: Sep 9, 2022
Category: Clinical Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome to Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, part of Beth Israel Lahey Health. Lahey Hospital & Medical Center is a world-renowned tertiary medical center known for its innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the hospital provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation. It is a national leader in a number of health care areas, including stroke, weight management and lung screenings, among many others. Lahey also helps to advance medicine through research and the education of tomorrow's health care leaders.

About the Job

Position Summary:  Provides counseling, support, crisis intervention and other social work services to patients and their families. Provides clinical intervention for individual, family and groups.  Assists patients through advocacy procedures.  Adheres to  and promotes the Lahey Clinic Guiding Principles.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities including but not limited to:


1) Conducts psychosocial assessments:

  • Adheres to regulations and department policy
  • Confers with caregivers and family members
  • Communicates all relevant information to other health care providers

               Identifies situations requiring high risk screen review

2) Works collaboratively with care providers:

  • Responds to consults for assessment from any health care professional
  • Works with other members of the healthcare team regarding patient and family issues related to complicated discharges
  • Addresses issues from both the inpatient and outpatient clinics

3) Provides individual family and group support

  • Identifies informational and support needs of patients and families
  • Initiates family and community meetings as needed
  • Develops and adheres to treatment plans
  • Provides disease specific counseling and rehabilitation sessions
  • Responds to requests for intervention and/or counseling from patient or family

4) Initiates Clinical Intervention:

  • Recommends and conducts short term counseling to patients and families
  • Develops treatment plan and goals according to patient’s age, circumstances and clinical issues
  • Provides crisis intervention for trauma patients or in cases of abuse

5) Contributes to departmental functioning by:

  • Quality improvement activities
  • Participating in meetings
  • Committee participation
  • Community projects
  • Lecturing
  • Supervision of interns
  • Providing support groups and/or participating in disease specific clinic

6) Incorporates Lahey Clinic Guiding Principles , Mission Statement and Goals  into daily activities. 

7) Complies with all Lahey Clinic Policies.

8) Complies with behavioral expectations of the department and Lahey Clinic.

9) Maintains courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.

10) Demonstrates an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.

11) Demonstrates a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.

12) Participates in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities.

13) Participates in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.

14) Performs all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.


Minimum Qualifications:


Education:  MSW from an accredited school of social work with a concentration in health care


Licensure, Certification, Registration:  LCSW or LICSW


Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:         In the absence of any of these skills, demonstrates the ability to be thoroughly trained to meet organizational standards. Excellent communication skills both oral and written, ability to negotiate in health care systems.  Basic knowledge of Quality Improvement techniques.




  • Experience in providing social work services preferably in an acute care setting or other health care environment
  • Experience providing short term counseling and crisis intervention
  • Experience in running therapy and psycho educational groups.