• Social Worker LICSW - Pediatrics

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 4 months ago(2/26/2019 4:56 PM)
    Job ID
    Social Work
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

    As a member of the Oncology team, provides clinical psychosocial assessment and intervention, including crisis intervention, individual, couples and family consultation, therapy, and counseling, support groups, and short-term bereavement therapy. Collaborates in patient and family centered care through the continuum, facilitating the achievement of optimal quality outcomes in relation to clinical care and cost-effectiveness. Collaborates with the health care team in achieving optimal patient care plan through identification of, and intervention on, psychosocial needs and barriers. Provides coordination of psychosocial services to patients/families in collaboration with other staff and providers in relevant settings of care.

    Collaborates with and provides consultation to interdisciplinary health care team regarding psychosocial issues confronting patients/families. Identifies high-risk psychosocial factors of patients/ families that impact health status, coping and adjustment. Provides recommendations, consultation and support to staff and providers to manage the influence of those factors upon the course of medical care. Assumes responsibility for patients with complex psychosocial risk (e.g. domestic violence, protective services, frail elderly, disabled, co-morbid mental health conditions, etc). Assesses adaptation of families and caregivers to patients' illnesses, provides crisis intervention, consultation and short-term therapy as needed, and ensures maximum participation of patients/families/caregivers in the continuum of care process.

    Provides education/consultation regarding impact of cancer on patients and families to community, and provides consultation, education, and program development (e.g. support groups, psychoeducational forums, etc) within the disease-based or service-based team and in collaboration with other care providers.


    Job Summary


    Clinical Social Worker- Pediatric: 40 hours/week


    LCSW or LICSW Required; LICSW preferred


    Exciting and challenging opportunity as a dedicated pediatric social worker providing psychosocial evaluation and treatment to pediatric patients and their families at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.


    Excellent opportunity for a clinical social worker with prior pediatric background including oncology experience.  Position calls for psychosocial assessment and intervention, crisis intervention, consultation, and ability to work collaboratively as an active member of a multidisciplinary team.


    Opportunity for individual child, family and group work.  Candidate must be able to thrive in a fast paced, complex, academic medical environment where the social worker is a key, valued member of the multi-disciplinary medical team.


    This is an opportunity to contribute to social work practice in a pediatric oncology service that combines compassionate care with a commitment to be on the forefront of developing new and more effective cancer treatments.


    If interested in this opportunity, please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your experience, qualifications and skills for this position.



    Job Requirements

    Master’s Degree in Social Work from accredited program, Massachusetts license, previous experience in hospital or medical setting, bilingual English/Spanish preferred; cultural sensitivity and age-specific competency required.


    Crisis intervention; treatment skills; strong clinical assessments/judgment, including interdisciplinary teaming skills; experience working with children and families; excellent communication, oral and written; strong organizational skills; ability to set priorities; tolerance for ambiguity; analytical skills; computer proficiency.



    40 hours/week; must work 5 days per week






    • Masters Degree in Social Work from accredited program.
    • Current Massachusetts license required.
    • Previous experience in hospital or healthcare setting.
    • Bilingual English / Spanish preferred.
    • Cultural sensitivity and age specific competency required.
    • Crisis intervention, treatment skills. 
    • Strong clinical assessment/judgment, including interdisciplinary teaming skills.
    • Excellent communication oral and written.
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to set priorities; tolerance for ambiguity.
    • Analytical skills, computer literacy and keyboarding.

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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