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Licensed Independent Social Worker, Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry

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Job Overview

The College of Medicine, 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 LISW will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide counseling, case management, and discharge planning for medically hospitalized patients with co-morbid substance use disorders as well as provide outpatient mental health and substance use services to individuals continuing in outpatient treatment. The LISW should be comfortable with mental health and substance use assessments, diagnosis, treatment planning, individual and group therapies, case management, and transfer and discharge planning.

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.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.). 
  • 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.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


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: 60083 


Licensed Independent Social Worker, Addiction Sciences Division, Department of Psychiatry

Date:  Oct 1, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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