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Clinical Social Worker, Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders (CDD) - 20 Hours-Week (SEIU)

Location: Boston, MA
Post Date: 4/2/2020
Under the direction of Integrated Behavioral Health Services within the Department of Psychiatry, the CDD Social Work Clinician will be responsible for providing 1) behavioral health services to patients with digestive disorders presenting in the CDD, 2) clinical consultation to medical providers and other members of the CDD team 3), and trainings to the team on behavioral health issues facing patients with digestive disorders. The Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders at BMC provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary care to treat a range of digestive disorders, from peptic ulcers and reflux to Crohn's disease and cancer.

Clinical responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments for patients identified as needing behavioral health support and developing responsive treatment plans

  • Delivering short- and long-term psychotherapy focused on the behavioral health needs of patients with digestive disorders - e.g. difficulties with self-management, treatment adherence, health behavior changes, depression, anxiety, disease-related distress

  • Group facilitation

  • Maintaining patient confidentiality according to hospital policy

  • Practicing professional discretion when determining the inclusion of any patient information into medical record or other documentation

  • Complying with departmental, regulatory and professional requirements for documentation recording, and data collection

  • Maintaining a complete understanding of emergency procedures

Other responsibilities will include:

  • Attendance at weekly CDD administrative meetings

  • Attendance at relevant IBH and Psychiatry meetings and in-service education program offerings through the Department of Psychiatry

  • Obtaining continuing education units necessary to maintain licensure.

  • Representing the Department of Psychiatry, IBH, and CDD throughout hospital and outside community regarding department's practice and field of social work.

  • Utilizing the hospital's behavioral standards as the basis for decision-making and to facilitate the hospital's mission.

  • Following established hospital infection control and safety procedures.


  • Master's Degree from an accredited school of Social Work

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker or Licensed Mental Health Clinician

  • Experience with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other related treatment modalities

  • Preference will be given to applicants who have prior experience working with patients with digestive disorders or other chronic diseases. Experience with Motivational Interviewing as a tool to promote health behavior change is also a plus.

  • 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.

  • Advanced interpersonal skills necessary to interact effectively with various healthcare professionals and to develop and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with patients and families

  • Comfort in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment

  • Ability to work on an interdisciplinary team

  • Cultural sensitivity and humility

  • Bicultural/Bilingual competency a plus

Req ID: 14200