Clinical Social Worker

Duke University Health System in Durham, NC

  • Type: Full Time
position filled

Duke Homecare & Hospice offers hospice, home health and infusion services. Hospice care is offered to terminally ill patients in their home, skilled-nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities, and at our two inpatient facilities located in Hillsborough and Durham, North Carolina.

This position requires Clinical Social Worker treatments for patients in a home or residential setting according to physical therapy practices, agency policies and regulations.

Patient care for this position may include various locations in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Orange, Person, Vance and Wake counties.

Full Time Position 

A licensed clinical social worker who provides psychosocial assessments, diagnosis, and treatment, and consultation about patient and families to assist them and the health care team in coping the patient’s illness, diagnosis, and/or life situation in a hospice setting such as the home or skilled nursing facility. 

Responsible to Manager of Bereavement and Family Services
Position directly supervised: None


  • Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation.
  • Formulate, develop, and implement a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan utilizing appropriate clinical social work treatments and interventions. Interventions may include crisis intervention, brief and long-term individual, marital, family and/or group therapies as well as grief and bereavement work.
  • Screen, identify, diagnose using DSM nomenclature, treat and manage mental health and/ or substance abuse problems in patients and family members. Provide training to other health care professionals in same.
  • Assist with screening, identification, diagnosis, management and treatment of victims of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, rape, etc. Provide training to other health care professionals in same.
  • May participate in on-call or after hours coverage.
  • Provide consultative services to health care team members within scope of care definitions as needed.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of relevant medical/legal issues that impact on patient care, e.g., advance directives, child and elder abuse, etc.
  • Provide education to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient’s diagnosis, illness, treatment and/or life situation.
  • Provide education to the community related to end of life issues and potential resources.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary health care teams and provide leadership in representing clinical social work perspective/liaison with patient and family.
  • Provide teaching and training for students, staff, and faculty from social work and other disciplines.
  • Contribute to the mission of the DHCH and health system by participating in academic activities such as committees, conferences, publications, teaching and research.
  • Maintain working knowledge of liaison with community agencies and resources.
  • Knowledge of health system resources to access and provide for patient care needs.
  • Document assessment, plan interaction, and interventions according to departmental, DHCH and/or health system guidelines and standards.
  • Maintain records and statistics in accordance with department, DHCH health system policies.
  • Attend and participate in staff, committee, department, and other administrative meeting.
  • Participate in DHCH continuous quality improvement efforts.
  • Participate in regular supervisory conferences; keep current with social work and health care developments and seek to increase further enhancement of job related knowledge.
  • Maintains confidentiality of employee and patient information.
  • Exhibits an attitude which promotes harmony and goodwill in the workplace.
  • Displays a clean, neat, professional appearance.
  • Participates in Performance Improvement Program.
  • Promotes quality, comprehensive services through a team approach.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Level I and Level II Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work .

    Level I

    Three or more years of social work experience in a health care setting or social service agency with one of three years may be social work internship. Two years recent post master's experience in a clinical setting preferred.

    Level II 

    Same as Level I plus five years post master's experience in a health care or social service agency. Experience in leadership and supervising.

    Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
    Level I andLevel II Current licensure as a licensed clinical social worker by the NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

    Homecare. Home Care, Hospice, LCSW, LCSW-A

    Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

    Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

    Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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