SOCIAL WORKER LICSW, Weight Management at Brigham & Women's Hospital(BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in Other 17 days ago.

Job Description:


Exciting opportunity to join our established and growing Medical Weight Management program at Brigham and Women's Hospital with a focus on health equity and high-quality patient care.

Work site: Main campus in Longwood Medical area with likely hybrid schedule with on site and remote days.

Sign on bonus available! (Eligible for non-MGB employees.)

About this job:

  • The Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) is a key member of the interdisciplinary team providing psychosocial care for patients within the Brigham and Women's Medical Weight Management Program Clinic to maximize emotional, social and physical well-being and the effective use of health care and community resources.

  • Conducts bio-psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, and counseling to patients within the clinic.

  • Interdisciplinary team includes Physicians, Psychologists, NP/PAs, Dietitians and other committed professionals.


The Clinical Social Worker reports directly to the assigned Social Work Manager.
Clinical Practice:

  • Provides assessment of patients to evaluate mental health/psychiatric history/emotional issues/coping style, understanding of illness/adjustment/compliance, barriers to care, cultural issues, abuse/neglect and domestic violence.

  • Provides psychosocial assessment of families to determine family relationships/systems as they relate to care of the patient. Identifies family decision makers and caregivers; family understanding of illness and trajectory of care. Identifies family coping style, family resources and cultural issues.

  • Employs a range of clinical interventions such as individual psychotherapy, group therapy and care coordination to provide ongoing support to patients and families facing chronic illness and facilitation of complex care needs.

  • Organizes and facilitates family meetings, interagency conferences and groups/workshops for patients and their families. Advocates on behalf of patients and families to gain access to services and resources. Refers patients to other providers, such as specialized intervention programs, including substance abuse detoxification and rehabilitation as necessary.

  • Provides mandated assessments when abuse is suspected (child, disabled adult, elder) and safety assessment when domestic violence is reported. Files reports as indicated.

  • Works effectively as part of the interdisciplinary health care team, communicating regularly with the team and other members throughout the course of patient care. Documents timely and relevant information.

  • Facilitates the appropriate and efficient use of hospital and community resources.

  • Participates in formal and informal clinical case reviews, clinical supervision, educational seminars and research projects.

Quality, Utilization Management: High Risk Psychosocial:

  • The Clinical Social Worker is committed to health equity and high-quality patient centered care for those who receive services at the Brigham and Women's weight management clinic.

  • Intervenes with appropriate individuals/departments/agencies regarding delays in service that may have an impact on quality of patient care or inappropriate patient hospital admissions.

  • Ensures coordination of the communication process with patient/family concerning the plan of care, including coordination of family meetings and warm handoffs.

  • Ensures that patient/family is involved in all phases of the care process to the greatest extent possible.

  • Maintains current knowledge of and identifies needs in service delivery within social, governmental, protective services and legal agencies.

  • Participates in data collection for departmental quality assessment activities in collaboration with the weight management care team.

  • Participates in quality assessment/improvement activities designed to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of the service delivery system in which the weight management clinic operates.

Leadership, Teaching and Education:

  • Assesses patient/family learning needs and works with the patient/family to identify the most effective communication practice throughout care.

  • Mentors and may supervise students and staff. May teach in Departmental and Hospital seminars, workshops and rounds.

  • Demonstrates expert social work clinical practice within the department and with interdisciplinary staff. Provides education and consultation to interdisciplinary health care providers, social work staff and community providers as applicable.

  • Demonstrates active, ongoing commitment to professional growth and development of self and creates an environment conducive to the professional growth of others.

  • Participates in Departmental and Hospital committees. May participate in social work research.

Organizational/Administrative Skills:

  • Takes responsibility for own administrative duties, including timely and appropriate documentation in patient medical records, timely and accurate daily reporting of activities and Hospital's scheduling systems, and accurate reporting of time worked.

  • Practices in accordance with billing compliance.

  • Attends and participates in Staff Meetings and interdisciplinary meetings/rounds.

Professional Conduct:

  • Adheres to and fosters compliance with NASW Code of Ethics, and Department and Hospital clinical, quality, compliance and safety standards, policies and procedures.


  • Expected to mentor, precept, and teach social workers and social work residents.


  • Meets the productivity standards of the weight management clinic and Department of Social Work. This position is responsible for billable hours.

Hospital-Wide Responsibility:

  • Works within legal, regulatory, accreditation and ethical practice standards relevant to the position and as established by BWH/Mass General Brigham (MGB); follows safe practices required for the position; complies with appropriate BWH and MGB policies and procedures; fulfills any training required by BWH and/or MGB, as appropriate; brings potential matters of non-compliance to the attention of the supervisor or other appropriate hospital staff.



Education: Master's of Social Work Degree from an accredited program required

Licensure: Current Massachusetts Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) required.

Experience: Previous clinical social work experience in a weight management program or hospital setting preferred.

Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.


  • Clinical experience in working with patients of all ages facing chronic illness and complex psychosocial care needs.

  • Ability to support the family system as a provision of resource information and referral.

  • Experience in behavioral health diagnostic assessment and clinical intervention.

  • Advanced crisis intervention skills.

  • Extensive knowledge of eating disorders, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, stress and emotional eating.

  • Competence in abuse, neglect, violence and trauma.

  • Cultural sensitivity and demonstrated competency in age specific behaviors.

  • Knowledge of community agencies/resources. Ability to advocate/negotiate systems for/with patients and families.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand the role of social worker in a complex, fast-paced medical environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to consult/teach.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effective orally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal skills including negotiation skills necessary to collaborate within a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Tolerance for ambiguity; analytical skills and computer literacy.

  • Ongoing professional growth and development with a focus on institutional, systemic, cultural and health equity limitations as they relate to patient centered care.


    • Social Workers will provide clinical care in the Brigham and Women's medical weight management clinic.

    • The weight management clinic operates Monday-Friday, during regular business hours. Hours and work schedule will be flexible to meet the needs of patients, families, hospital and staff.

    • Potential for hybrid remote and onsite work schedule.

    • Must be prepared to come in early or stay late during a clinic emergency.

    Patient Population:

    • Staff member must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his/her assigned areas

    EEO Statement

    Brigham and Women's Hospital is an Affirmative Action Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law. We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.
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