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Clinical Social Worker (Grow Clinic, Temporary, Days) Boston, MA

Job ID 5546229 Date posted 08/30/2017

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 systems that includes many community health centers. BMC provides a full range of pediatric and adult care services, from primary to family medicine to advanced specialty care.

BMC is also committed to our employees, who are a very important piece to who we are. We pride ourselves in providing equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. BMC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

We are seeking a full-time temporary (32-40 hrs. a week) grant funded Clinical Social Worker (LCSW or LICSW) to cover a
maternity leave from October 2017– March 2018.
The Grow Clinic for Children is an outpatient subspecialty clinic at Boston Medical Center that started in 1984 to provide
comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children from the Greater
Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT) by their primary care physician. In addition to providing clinical services, we
advocate for policies that decrease the number of children in need. The Grow Clinic is part of BMC’s Department of Pediatrics .
Utilizing clinical social work techniques and theory, assesses, consults on, and intervenes with GROW clinic patients and their
families regarding the impact/amelioration of emotional and psychosocial problems. Duties also include, but are not limited t o,
conducting psychosocial assessments, planning and implementing effective treatments, evaluation, education, referrals, coaching
and mentoring of family members and patients. The position consults with, collaborates and communicates with a wide range of
internal hospital departments, social, governmental and legal agencies, courts, schools, clinics, other hospitals, physicians and other
sources in the overall care of the patient. The SW is part of a multidisciplinary team with a Pediatrician, Registered Dietitian and
Outreach Worker. Each week is comprised of clinic sessions at BMC and follow-up. Home visiting is an important piece of followup
for the Grow Clinic model. BMC serves a racially and ethnically diverse patient population.


  • Assesses patient and family to ascertain psychosocial problems.
  • Identifies those issues to be addressed during the patient’s care, and formulates plan with the family.
  • Reports any and all suspected cases of abuse and neglect and follows up to ensure patient receives timely comprehensive
  • consultations and compliance with legal mandates.
  • Consults and collaborates with GROW clinic team members to insure that patient’s emotional and psychosocial needs are addressed.
  • Utilizes Social Work technique and theory to assist patient and family in coping with illness or social problem to achieve improved
  • functioning and emotional state.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality according to hospital policy. Practices professional discretion when determining the inclus ion of
  • any patient information into medical record or department clinical record notes.
  • Notes in medical record the exclusion of critical patient information and its availability.
  • Documents each patient encounter in the hospital electronic medical record. Specifically, documents ongoing treatment work in the
  • Department clinic records. Each recording shall include date, time, title and signature.
  • Complies with departmental, regulatory and professional requirements for documentation recording, and data collection.
  • Submits department statistics and other records and reports within required time frames.
  • Maintains competency in areas of responsibility to ensure quality care.
  • Attends scheduled staff meetings and in-service education program offerings with punctuality and consistency.
  • Obtains continuing education units necessary to maintain licensure.
  • Assists management in the operation of a quality department by participating in department programs and complying with
  • department policies and procedures.
  • Supports graduate and undergraduate training programs by supervising students (per assignment).
  • Identifies weaknesses in operation and recommends improvements.
  • Works diligently on department committees, per Director’s appointments.
  • Represents department throughout hospital and outside community.
  • Regularly maintains work area and equipment in a neat and orderly manner; assists in the cleaning and organizing of department on
  • own initiative and reports any malfunctioning equipment as observed by supervisor.
  • Maintains a complete understanding of emergency procedures.
  • Conforms to hospital standards of conduct, including those pertaining to patient rights, so that the best possible customer service and
  • patient care may be provided.
  • Home and school visits in Boston inner city neighborhoods and surrounding towns, particularly gateway cities.
  • Helps find and deliver concrete resources, camperships, and providing a holiday party for Grow clinic children and families.


Requires Master’s Degree from an accredited school of Social Work. MSW or equivalent degree minimum.

Requires a Massachusetts Licensed Certified Social Worker or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Requires level of knowledge of Social Work process and community resources and agencies in relation to health, illness, and
disability, generally acquired through one to two years on-the-job training.


  • Multilingual, multicultural applicants encouraged to apply – Spanish and/or Portuguese are especially useful.
  • Knowledge of community resources and agencies that serve the children and families. Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with various healthcare professionals, to develop and
  • maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families, and to supervise graduate students.
  • Must be comfortable in a fast paced and dynamic work environment (sense of humor is valued).
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Cultural sensitivity and comfort with a wide range of racial and ethnic populations. Bicultural/Bilingual competency a
  • plus.
  • Computer literacy with ability to use standard word processing, spreadsheet programs and e -mail (i.e. MS Word, Excel,
  • Outlook) and web browsers.


  • Valid driver’s license required. Access to a vehicle preferred for home visits.

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