Job Information

Organization: University of Rochester Medical Center

Posting Start: 06/06/2022

Location: Rochester

Job Title: Social Worker Job#233937

Posting End: 09/02/2022

A Brief Job Description:





Description of Patient Population:

X      Adult(s)            18 and above


The social worker provides psychosocial assessment and psychiatric diagnosis and treatment for emotionally disturbed adult patients 18 years and older in the Adult Ambulatory Clinic.  The social worker functions as primary therapist and is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the treatment plan for patients assigned to his/her caseload.  The social worker participates on an interdisciplinary treatment team and develops liaisons with health and social agencies in the community, as well as with other health professionals within the hospital to support evaluation and treatment of the patient.  The social worker also provides treatment, and crisis intervention as appropriate.


The social worker assigned to the Strong Ties Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team functions as an ACT Court Liaison to individuals ages 18 and older. The social worker is an integral member of the ACT Team, providing comprehensive mental health and dual diagnosis services for individuals who have serious and persistent mental illness and have not connected with traditional mental health outpatient clinics.

The ACT Court Liaison works with clients to develop client-driven goals and creative ways to help clients meet these goals. The ACT Court Liaison works closely with justice involved clients who face new charges or who are struggling to maintain compliance with probation or parole requirements. The liaison facilitates communication and treatment planning between the Project ACT team, the client, and the appropriate criminal justice entity (Mental Health Court, Probation, Parole, etc.). This encourages early identification, early mental health intervention, assessment, and diversion from incarceration when appropriate. Services are provided in mostly in community settings and where clients are most comfortable, often in clients’ own home. The ACT Court Liaison receives training and support from other specialists on the ACT team in areas of substance abuse and rehabilitation, family therapy, mental health assessment and general health issues. He/she also provides cross training to other team members that helps ensure they are aware of and focused on helping client reach recovery and rehabilitation goals. As a team member the social worker is expected to function in a trans-disciplinary role.



Administrative (5%)

  • Attends Social Work Division, Social Work in Psychiatry and Program staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Ensures that Social Work Division, Department, and Hospital policies and procedures are implemented with regard to professional practice and patient care.
  • Participates in routine committee process of the Social Work Division, and facilitates Division and Hospital quality assurance and staff development activities.
  • Participates in activities of the Social Work Division including, but not limited to time reporting and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and UHS reviews.
  • Subscribes to the Departmental of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences.
  • Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties.

Clinical (95%)

  • Provides evidenced based therapeutic interventions for psychosis including education about stress-vulnerability and symptom management. Provides interventions based on the OMH Wellness Self-Management curriculum, Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) Toolkit, and the Integrated Dual Diagnosis (IDDT) model.
  • Assists clients in maintaining themselves in the community, including finding and furnishing apartments, setting up financial budgets, applying for entitlements, and learning skills of daily living.
  • Transports clients as needed to appointments and assists clients in moving or shopping.
  • Participates in a client on-call phone rotation with other ACT team members.
  • Provides individual, group, family and behavior therapy that is problem-specific and goal oriented; uses a therapeutic approach which is consistent with evidence-based practices for a particular problem; emphasizes social/interpersonal competence; addresses self-defeating beliefs, expectations, and behaviors that disrupt the recovery process; and considers a recipient’s strengths, needs, and cultural values.
  • Provides feedback to the treatment team regarding client’s progress in recovery and facilitates and supervises the placement of clients in other community programs as necessary to meet recovery goals and/or needs.
  • Prepares a written assessment of client skills, deficits and growth potential
  • Serves as liaison between ACT program and other community agencies that provide recovery support and related services for clients who choose to avail themselves of additional services/opportunities.
  • ACT Court Liaison serves liaison between ACT program and the courts, probation, and parole, and AOT. Administer breathalyzer tests and obtain toxicology samples per client’s AOT court order. Provide weekly reports to AOT for those on their caseload who have an AOT court order.
  • Documents treatment in patient’s chart in compliance with Division, Department, and Hospital Policy.
  • May provide backup social work services as requested to other units/programs during the absence of certain co-workers.


Supervision/ Consultation

The social worker's professional performance is supervised by a Social Work Division supervisor who is licensed by the State of New York (LCSW).


  1. The social worker is accountable clinically and administratively and to their social work supervisor (and through them to the Social Work Division Clinical Manager in Psychiatry) for provision of social work services, and adherence to Social Work policies, procedures, and standards of professional conduct.  The senior social worker's job performance must conform to the expectations set forth in the position description.
  2. The social worker is accountable to the ACT Team Leader for providing professional social work services in accordance with the policies and standards established by the Service and the Department of Psychiatry.


The social worker who occupies this position must have a MSW from an accredited social work graduate program and a New York State social work license.  This position also requires experience in at least two years’ experience working with the SPMI population or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Must possess a valid New York State Driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online Job Posting #233937;


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