Clinical Social Worker - Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics (CLIN SOCIAL WORKER 3)

UCSF Medical Center

Job Description


At UCSF Health, our mission of innovative patient care, advanced technology and pioneering research is redefining whats possible for the patients we serve a promise we share with the professionals who make up our team. 

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as seventh in the country UCSF Health is committed to providing the most rewarding work experience while delivering the best care available anywhere. In an environment that allows for continuous learning and opportunities for professional growth, UCSF Health offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents.


Job Summary

The University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry is looking for innovative clinicians to join the Adult Psychiatry Clinic (APC). The APC is a large, multi-disciplinary clinic, currently located on the Parnassus Campus of UCSF, and it is the primary outpatient training site for UCSF psychiatry residents. Medical students also participate in some of the clinics components as part of their core clinical training in psychiatry.

Trainees and faculty evaluate new patients across a number of different specialty clinics and faculty practices that focus on various patient populations, including diagnosis-based (e.g. depression, anxiety, bipolar) and population-based (e.g. women, geriatrics, and LGBT) clinics.

After the initial evaluation, clinicians develop comprehensive individualized treatment plans that may include medication management and/or psychotherapy. If psychotherapy is part of the treatment plan after the intake (or at any subsequent time), an internal referral is made which leads to patients being placed on a psychotherapy waitlist. Provides primarily time-limited individual psychotherapy to a panel of diverse patients as well as running treatment groups.

Builds and maintains their psychotherapy panel by taking patients off of the waitlist (and there may be some direct referrals as well). The work environment involves collaborative interaction with other practitioners within Psychiatry. Ways to improve communication and service to patients are part of each persons job in the department.

Participation in the Continuous Quality Improvement process and strict adherence to privacy policies and all clinic procedures are expected.

Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics and UCSF Medical Center requires all Advanced Health Professionals (AHP) to be credentialed through its Office of Medical Affairs & Governances (OMAG) in order to practice and function in their clinical role. This applies to both adult and pediatric AHPs in the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings at all Langley Porter and UCSF Medical Center sites. Credentialing and approval of the Standardized Procedures takes between 60-90 days and must be completed prior to the first working day.


Required Qualifications
  • One year clinical experience
  • Licensed in the State of California (LCSW)
  • Masters Degree in Social Work, Psychology, or related field from an accredited university
  • Meets requirements for LPPH&C Medical Staff membership
  • Demonstrated ability to provide time limited therapy (e.g. CBT, DBT, TLDP, IPT, etc) for anxiety and mood disorders
  • Demonstrated ability to provide supportive psychotherapy
  • Demonstrated ability to appropriately triage and manage mental health emergencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under supervision, seek and receive feedback, and maintain interest in continuing professional development
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and humility
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skill with an emphasis on tact and diplomacy and ability to interact with members from various levels of an organization
  • Demonstrated record of excellent reliability in attendance and punctuality
  • Demonstrated commitment to projects and strong initiative
  • Demonstrated effective organizational, planning, and scheduling abilities
  • Demonstrated ability to create collaborative alliances and promote teamwork
  • Excellent documentation and clinical skills
  • Ability to chart efficiently in electronic health record
  • The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Health locations

Preferred Qualifications
  • Prior experience working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Clinical experience in a large academic health system
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Experience with populations diverse in ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation
  • Experience with severely mentally ill
  • Completed training in verbal de-escalation, PRO-ACT, CPI non-violent crisis intervention, or similar module

Licensure/Certification
  • Licensed in the State of California (LCSW, LMFT)

Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital & Clinics and UCSF Medical Center requires all Advanced Health Professionals (AHP) to be credentialed through its Office of Medical Affairs & Governances (OMAG) in order to practice and function in their clinical role. This applies to both adult and pediatric AHPs in the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings at all Langley Porter and UCSF Medical Center sites. Credentialing and approval of the Standardized Procedures takes between 60-90 days and must be completed prior to the first working day.


Living Pride Standards

Service Excellence

  • Demonstrates service excellence by following the Everyday PRIDE Guide with the UCSF Medical Center standards and expectations for communication and behavior. These standards and expectations convey specific behavior associated with the Medical Centers values: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence, and provide guidance on how we communicate with patients, visitors, faculty, staff, and students, virtually everyone, every day and with every encounter. These standards include, but are not limited to: personal appearance, acknowledging and greeting all patients and families, introductions using AIDET, managing up, service recovery, managing delays and expectations, phone standards, electronic communication, team work, cultural sensitivity and competency.   
  • Uses effective communication skills with patients and staff; demonstrates proper telephone techniques and etiquette; acts as an escort to any patient or family member needing directions; shows sensitivity to differences of culture; demonstrates a positive and supportive manner in which patients / families/ colleagues perceive interactions as positive and supportive. Exhibits team work skills to positively acknowledge and recognize other colleagues, and uses personal experiences to model and teach Living PRIDE standards. 
  • Exhibits tact and professionalism in difficult situations according to PRIDE Values and Practices
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to privacy, confidentiality, and security policies and procedures related to Protected Health Information (PHI) or other sensitive and personal information.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of and adheres to safety and infection control policies and procedures.
  • Assumes accountability for improving quality metrics associated with department/unit and meeting organizational/departmental targets. 

Work Environment

  • Keeps working areas neat, orderly and clutter-free, including the hallways. Adheres to cleaning processes and puts things back where they belong. Removes and reports broken equipment and furniture.
  • Picks up and disposes of any litter found throughout entire facility. 
  • Posts flyers and posters in designated areas only; does not post on walls, doors or windows.
  • Knows where the Environment of Care Manual is kept in department; corrects or reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate departments.  
  • Protects the physical environment and equipment from damage and theft.

The flexibility to orient and work at all UCSF Health locations is required.


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Further information about the University of California, San Francisco, is available at diversity.ucsf.edu. UCSF seeks candidates whose skills, and personal and professional experience, have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence, and the communities we serve.

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