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Job Description

Job Summary

Provide professional mental health treatment to patients and families, utilizing recognized best practice interventions. These core services include assessment of psychosocial functioning and capacities, ability to complete a mental status examination, ability to diagnose mental health condition and provide treatment recommendations. Provide a variety of therapies to address mental health diagnosis that effect children and their families. Collaborate with many disciplines, programs, departments, and organizations in the accomplishment of these duties. Must be able to provide supervision to developing mental health providers in the treatment of children and their families, including training and direct supervision of Fellows.  Also provide clinical care to the Behavioral Health Integrated Program when appropriate on an as needed basis.

Job Responsibilities

Professional Practice

Assesses, plans, implements professional interventions based upon knowledge of social work practice, human behavior and the social environment, as well as child and family development and functioning. Interventions are directed to the required by patients and their families around illness and disease, hospitalization, and any continuing care that may be required over time.

  • Performs psychosocial assessment with patients and/or family.
  • Intervenes/treats patient and/or family-based on the psychosocial assessment providing age and developmentally appropriate counseling, treatment and resources as indicated.
  • Encourages and utilizes feedback from patients, families and other staff to improve professional services. Evaluates the effectiveness of professional services and redefines goals or modalities as indicated. Organizes individual workload and sets priorities based on patient care needs and departmental standards. Meets workload standards for assigned areas.
  • Adheres to professional medical – legal reporting requirements. Seeks appropriate supervision on risk management issues.


Professional Communications

Responsible for accurate documentation of professional services in the patient’s electronic medical record. All requirements for record keeping and documentation, including billing data, are to be completed in a timely manner.

  • Required documentation of assessments and interventions are well organized, clear, and timely.
  • All written work is compliant and recorded properly according to hospital policy.
  • Required information system data is completed and submitted according to program, department and hospital standards.
  • Completes hospital, department and program requests for information within required time frames.
  • Completes and submits any required reports or forms to other departments or outside agencies (as appropriate) within required time frames.


Professional Work Environment

Promotes a positive, professional work environment with patients/families, hospital staff, as well as agencies and organizations providing services to patients and families.

  • Actively supports the mission, goals and priorities of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Maintains positive and effective work relationships with internal and external customers.
  • Appropriately exchanges constructive feedback with peers, colleagues and supervisory staff.
  • Actively participates in team meetings, care conferences, rounds and other forums designed to facilitate the delivery of effective and efficient patient and family care

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

  • Educates others on the psychosocial aspects of health and illness.
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity in all work performed.
  • Collaborates with others in the promotion of health through education and wellness initiatives.
  • Demonstrates a positive professional attitude and cooperatively and constructively relates to patients, families, staff and guests of the organization.
  • Acts in advocacy role to develop and improve psychosocial services to patients and families.


Professional Leadership

Demonstrates leadership in their programs, the department, hospital and as appropriate, the community.

  • Identifies barriers to effective service delivery or problems in work assignments and demonstrates effective and timely problem solving.
  • Plans, develops and implements interventions, systems or programs that improve service delivery.
  • Actively participates in one program, department, hospital or community committee.
  • Actively participates in quality improvement initiatives in assigned service area.
  • Is willing to provide in-service education to interested audiences.
  • When appropriate, serves as a field instructor, preceptor or lecturer in the student program or other educational forums of the hospital.


Professional Development

Responsible for the development and enhancement of professional practice skills.

  • Recognizes areas of strength and areas for development. Develops plan for supervision, consultation and/or learning.
  • Utilizes team members, peers and supervisory staff in consultation for professional development.
  • Incorporates new knowledge and feedback into practice.
  • Meets annual requirements for professional continuing education.
  • Meets annual requirements for mandatory education.
  • Subscribes and adheres to the NASW Code of Ethics.

Job Responsibilities (Continued)

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

LCSW- Licensed C. Social Worker (PA)

Required Education and Experience

  • Masters degree from a Council of Social Worl Education (CWSE) accredited institution. 
  • Prior clinical social work experience required.
  • Must be eligible for credentialling with CHOP payers.


Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

  • Experience in a hospital, health organization or mental health agency setting preferred.


Additional Technical Requirements

• Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and related areas.
• Knowledge of child psychopathology.
• Knowledge of therapy and psychological assessment techniques with children and families.
• Knowledge of behavioral methodology and principles. 
• Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English.
• Ability to direct and motivate staff teams.
• Critical analysis and problem solving skills.
• Ability to work independently.
• Ability to work collaboratively with other health care team providers.
• Ability to develop trusting relationships with patients, families and staff.
• Ability to work with sensitivity to cultural diversity and assists staff in understanding this diversity.
• Ability to identify community resources for families and advocate on their behalf.
• Ability to present self with professional approach and appearance with high level of emotional maturity.
• Ability to learn public health policy and health care legislation and respond to it as a family advocate.

About CHOP

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents.

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