Social Worker

Rochester, NY



The social worker in this position functions as primary therapist, providing services to patients enrolled in care at UR primary care site team at the Complex Care Center, targeting adults with pediatric onset conditions, including but not limited to intellectual and developmental disabilities, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, spina bifida, metabolic disorders, congenital heart disease, childhood cancers, myotonic dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. The social worker conducts psychosocial assessment, treatment and discharge planning of patients assigned to his/her caseload. The social worker is responsible for screening, psychosocial assessment, psychiatric diagnosis and brief, evidence-based treatment for a primary care practice. In this role, helps to identify high risk patients with behavioral health and medical comorbidities and contributes to a unified person-centered, trauma-informed treatment plan with the goal of improving the patient’s overall health and well-being. In addition, facilitates access to specialty psychiatric and substance use care. The position will require formal and informal collaboration with primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, care managers, and other clinicians.


  • Serves as primary therapist and member of the care team for patients assigned to their caseload. Performs psychosocial assessments of patients and their families. Provides behavioral health treatment and education to patient and families. This may be in the following modalities; individual, family and/or group therapy. Performs diagnostic and functional evaluations and makes recommendations to the primary care provider concerning the patient’s treatment plan and goals. Initiates follow up to ascertain how patients are doing and to determine if changes in the treatment approach are indicated

  • Collaborates with appropriate collateral contacts. Provides linkages to community resources. Assists in tracking patients’ engagement and adherencetreatment plans, reported outcomes tools, and status after referral to specialty mental health.

  • May be directed to assist with providing mental health support and consultation inpatient, as appropriate. Participate in professional development as directed by specialty programs (e.g. CBT for pain management, coping with chronic diseases, trauma-informed care, EMDR, etc.) Other duties as assigned.

  • Documents interventions in the patient’s chart in compliance with Departmental and Hospital policy. Provides Crisis Intervention during working hours and back up mental health service coverage to other integrated therapists as needed.

  • Supports efforts for behavioral health screening for depression, anxiety and substance use. Recommends and facilitates referrals to specialty clinic, as appropriate.

  • Attends monthly Staff Meetings. Ensures that Department and Hospital policies and procedures are implemented with regard to patient care. Participates in routine committee process of the PHP and complies with Department quality assurance and staff development activities. Participates in activities of the Social Work Division including, but not limited to timely completion of statistical reports/forms, time sheets and other Hospital forms, Hospital mandatory In-service training programs and UHS reviews. Subscribes to the Departmental goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences. Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties.



  • Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work (CSWE)

  • Prior experience in providing individual, family or group therapy in an acute clinical setting.

  • Knowledge about and ability to provide behavioral health assessments/evaluations and evidenced based interventions;

  • Commitment to and routine demonstration of biopsychosocial approach to care of individuals and families;

  • Dedication to delivering a team-based integrated model of care.

  • Demonstrates cultural humility and anti-racism values and works toward ensuring all patients feel welcome.

  • Licensure as a social worker, as defined by the State Board for

  • Social Work, State Education department, Division of

  • Professional Licensing Services is required.

  • Due to billing structure, Licensure as LCSW-R is required.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 57,595 - $ 80,600 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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