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Licensed Independent Social Worker, Addiction Sciences, Department of Psychiatry

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You are invited to submit an application to be considered for a position with more than one opening. The number of positions varies depending on the needs of the department.


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

Job Overview

As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the UC College of Medicine has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience is looking for a Licensed Independent Social Worker to work in the Addiction Sciences Division. This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all our activities.


The Addiction Sciences Division, within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, represents a collaborative effort among the University of Cincinnati, UC Health, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati. Our mission is to discover and refine medical and scientific knowledge and translate it via education, training, and dissemination into high quality, evidence-based treatments for peoples suffering from addiction-related conditions. Addiction Science Division research is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with some clinical trial support from the pharmaceutical industry.


The Licensed Independent Social Worker will provide outpatient substance use and mental health services. The Addiction Sciences Licensed Independent Social Worker will primarily provide assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, and individual and group therapies while meeting all standards of practice as required. This position will also provide case management services as needed.

Essential Functions

  • Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation. 
  • Provide education and counseling to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient's illness and/or life situation; may utilize crisis intervention, brief and long-term individual, group, and family therapies.
  • Provide therapy through face-to-face sessions, via tele-medicine, or telephone conferencing.
  • Collaborate with social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and other appropriate treatment team members in diagnostic formulation, treatment direction, and recommendations.
  • Maintain knowledge of external resources for patient needs to foster recovery.
  • Liaison with community agencies; participate in area activities related to mental health.
  • Manage department appointment schedules as appropriate.
  • Ensure that patient care documentation is timely, legible, and efficient.  
  • Perform all required data collection for the department accurately and within expected time frame.
  • Participate in clinical supervision as needed on a scheduled basis.
  • Maintain current licensure, participate in continuing education, and meet competency skills for evaluations in area of practice.  Maintain knowledge of and compliance with HIPAA policies, documentation guidelines, and other related regulatory requirements.  Keep current with social work and health care developments and seek to increase further enhancement of job-related knowledge.
  • Participate in departmental and outpatient Psychiatry meetings, quality improvement efforts, and make sure peer review standards are met.
  • Provide education to other health care professionals. 
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Master’s Degree must be in Social Work.

Required Trainings/Certifications

State of Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

Required Experience

Two (2) years of supervised social work experience.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Strong background in treating individuals with substance use disorders in group and individual settings.
  • Experience working with clients on Medication Assisted Treatment such as Buprenorphine, Methadone, and Naltrexone.
  • Knowledge of various forms of community based sober support.
  • Experience treating a diverse patient population.
  • Willingness to be flexible in their role as a part of an expanding department.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 91603 


Licensed Independent Social Worker, Addiction Sciences, Department of Psychiatry

Date:  Jan 27, 2023

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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