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UPMC Social Worker - MSW (Western Psychiatric Hospital) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Western Psychiatric Hospital (WPH) Social Workers are a vital part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team, contributing to the assessment, treatment and disposition planning of all patients. Social workers at WPH are given the opportunity to grow their case conceptualization skills, become more familiar with community resources, and encouraged to develop creative problem solving skills. With a brand new career ladder, there is plenty of opportunity to grow within the department.

This position is sign on bonus eligible: $6,000 with a 2 year commitment.


The Social Worker is responsible for providing complete psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, individual, family, group, bereavement, and end-of-life counseling, and timely and appropriate discharge planning based on known or anticipated needs.


  • Demonstrates expertise in accessing social systems by providing resource-specific information to patients and families, initiating contact with appropriate resources, and facilitating the patient/family's ability to accept referrals.

  • Maintain extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local assistance programs and community resources that affect patient needs.

  • Acts as a mentor to social work students and/or serves as a field instructor to MSW students.

  • Successfully utilize therapeutic counseling methods such as crisis intervention, psychosocial support, brief goal-directed therapy, CISM, and/or other appropriate therapeutic methods that may be appropriate to the clinical situation.

  • Provides accurate, timely, and appropriate documentation of all social work interventions in the medical record per regulatory policies and procedures.

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of reimbursement systems, the ability to educate patients and families regarding payer requirements/coverage for post-acute care services, and the ability to effectively advocate on behalf of the patient to obtain authorizations for continued care as appropriate.

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, assess, counsel, and effectively intervene with medically and psychosocially complex patients with the ability to understand complex dynamics related to the clinical situation.

  • Continue to monitor and evaluate the plan of care, options, and available services throughout the hospital stay to effectively meet the patient and family's needs. Reassess the plan of care as status changes or at a minimum of every 3 days.

  • Demonstrate appropriate professional practice, maintaining respect for confidentiality and freedom of choice as outlined by the Code of Ethics by the National Association of Social Workers as well as the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors.

  • Collaborate effectively with the healthcare team, patients and families, and relevant community resources to develop and implement an individualized plan of care.

  • Educate and advocate for patients and families to enhance their ability to make informed decisions regarding medical care, discharge planning, advance directives, and end-of-life care including actively participating in the guardianship process when appropriate.

  • Complete a psychosocial assessment that includes social, economic, cultural, age-related, and behavioral factors, history of the child, elder, or domestic abuse, prior psychiatric or substance abuse treatment, family and social support systems, and all other available resources as appropriate to the clinical situation.

  • Actively participates in multidisciplinary treatment teams to contribute to diagnostic and treatment plans developed for patient and family care. Consults as necessary with other members of the multidisciplinary team concerning therapeutic and patient care

  • Actively participates in multidisciplinary treatment teams to contribute to diagnostic and treatment plans developed for patient and family care. Consults as necessary with other members of the multidisciplinary team concerning therapeutic and patient care

  • Maintains patient records in compliance with all applicable standards.

  • Formulates and executes appropriate discharge plans for patients by integrating information obtained through ongoing psychosocial assessment with knowledge of available treatment resources.

  • Conducts clinical interviews of patients, families, and significant others to obtain information on personal, social, emotional, medical, and family history in order to complete social work assessments, comprehensively evaluate psychosocial needs and implement effective treatment and discharge plan.

  • May serve as a field instructor for master's level social work students.


  • MSW degree from a CSWE accredited School of Social Work required.

  • Mental Health experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Current/active Social Work License required or successful pass of the social work licensing exam within 9 months of employment.

  • CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Clinical Social Worker (CSW) OR Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)

  • Act 33 with renewal

  • Act 34 with renewal

  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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