Clinical Social Worker

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS

General Summary: 

The full-time Staff Clinical Social Worker for University Health Services Counseling Center will provide high quality, time- effective, evidence-based and culturally responsive clinical services, including triage; emergency and crisis intervention services; referrals and evaluations; as well as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy. The incumbent will manage a caseload to serve the maximum number of students who are appropriate for services at the University Health Services Counseling Center; and will consult with and/or make timely and appropriate mental health referrals for students as needed. The incumbent will also participate with outreach and supervision/training activities. The position is a full time (12 months) and benefited one. This is a hybrid position which includes in-person and tele-counseling/remote work, and unique schedule options.

Examples of Duties: 

  • Provide high-quality, time-effective, evidence-based, culturally responsive clinical services, including triage, emergency and crisis intervention, referral, as well as individual and group counseling and psychotherapy.
  • Produce and maintain excellent and timely clinical records and participate in quality management activities, in accordance with University Health Services policy.
  • Manage a clinical caseload so as to serve the maximum number of students who are appropriate for services at the UHS Counseling Center.
  • Consult with and/or make timely and appropriate mental health referrals to other professional staff of the University Health Services, as well as to other departments or professionals on- or off-campus, as appropriate to meet students’ needs.
  • Serve as a consultant and resource person for faculty and other University staff about counseling programs and services available to students; collaborate with and consult with university departments to coordinate planning and intervention with students of concern.
  • Conduct culturally responsive outreach efforts for students and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Participate in the development of programming to meet changing student needs and requests.
  • Liaison with University faculty, staff and other personnel in order to be informed of and participate in campus activities which might be supportive of students’ needs.
  • Maintain statistical records and submit, as required, reports on activities.
  • Serve as back-up for other Counseling Center staff members, as necessary, such as by providing emergency or triage coverage when a staff member is absent.
  • Keep current on clinical practice and supervision practices relevant to this setting, including risk management.
  • Use assessment to evaluate the institutional ability to support student care, connection, and success efforts.
  • Provide high-quality and culturally responsive supervision of trainees, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Participate in regular meetings which may include clinical consultation, staff and departmental meetings, and in-services.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from an accredited Clinical Social Work Education (CSWE) program, with emphasis on clinical social work, is required. The candidate must be eligible for licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Massachusetts.

A minimum of 3 years of clinical experience delivering evidence-based and culturally responsive crisis intervention, evaluation, and treatment to young adults and/or adults is required. Experience working with undeserved populations such as ethnic minorities, immigrant and refugee as well as first-generation populations, LGBTQ persons, or other diverse cultural groups is required. Preference will be given to candidates with interest in working with BIPOC students and communities. Proficiency in a second language other than English is preferred. Experience working in a college or university counseling center and/or experience providing services through the continuum of care (i.e., inpatient, partial hospital and outpatient) is preferred.

The following are required skills and abilities:

  • Expertise in conducting suicide/homicide risk assessment and intervention, crisis intervention and stabilization, case management, care coordination and work with high risk/high acuity clients.
  • Experience and strong interest in teaching and training clinicians including as a clinical supervisor.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and skill in delivering high-quality, time-effective, evidence-based and culturally- responsive evaluation and treatment including triage; crisis and emergency assessment and intervention; individual, couples and group counseling and therapy; and referral and consultation.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing services to populations typically undeserved by traditional counseling centers such as LGBTQ populations, persons of color, immigrant or refugee populations, ethnic minorities, and first-generation students.
  • Demonstrated commitment to best practices within the profession and within the college aged population.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Timely and high-quality clinical documentation.
  • Familiarity and evidence of ability to use an electronic medical record system and standard office productivity software.
  • Demonstrated ability to functionally use standard office productivity software such as Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated capacity to relate effectively and harmoniously with students, faculty, staff and administrators, within the organizational and administrative structure of a university counseling center, University Health Services and academic departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to flexibly manage the professional demands of a challenging caseload while maintaining positive and healthy perspectives and relationships.
  • Adherence to standards of care and best practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work collaboratively within a team-oriented environment.
  • Strong organizational and record keeping skills.

The following are preferred skills and abilities:

  • Specialty training and experience in areas relevant to the UMass Boston student population.
  • Experience in accreditation process and maintenance, such as APA, AAAHC, JCAHO, or IACS.

Supervision Received:
The Clinical Social Worker works under the general clinical and administrative supervision of the University Health Services Director of Counseling Center and practices within departmental policies, individual privileging and credentialing and licensing procedures.
Supervision Exercised:
The incumbent will participate in the orientation, training and/or clinical supervision of graduate students for client contact and documentation, performance evaluations and placement recommendations in accordance with procedures.

 Application Instructions: 

Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.

Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. 

Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting.  All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

Salary Ranges for the appropriate Pay Grade can be found at the following link: 

Grade: 34             

Salary Ranges

This is an exempt union position.

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact [email protected]  or 617-287-5150.

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