Clinical Psych Social Worker- Evening Shift 4 pm to 12:30 am – Children’s National Hospital – Washington, DC


Responsible for social work practice under the supervision of a licensed independent clinical social worker, providing psychiatric and/or psychosocial assessments to children and adolescents who present in the Emergency Room and/or Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. Provides, under supervision, evaluation and assessment using DSM V criteria to determine risk and need for hospitalization and/or case disposition. Provides collaborative consultation to meet diagnostic and treatment needs. Obtains medical consultation from the psychiatrist on call to determine case disposition.

Additionally, Psychiatric social worker with either a LGSW or LICSW will provide safety assessment in the ED of children and adolescents with mental health problems. In concert with the Attending Psychiatrist will determine if the child/adolescent is safe to go home or needs hospitalization.


Minimum Education

Master’s Degree

Social Work (Required)

Required Skills/Knowledge

Excellent communication skills.

Ability to relate to diverse patient populations.

Time and attendance are vital for this position.

Required Licenses and Certifications

A minimum Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)


LCSW or LICSW (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities

Diagnostic Assessment

  • Able to evaluate patient status including assessing for suicidality/homicidality in conjunction with attending physician
  • Completes social histories and psychosocial assessments for the medical record, on an ongoing basis.
  • Able to appropriately triage patient to correct services
  • Able to display competency when interviewing family members for the purpose of assessment and developing an intervention plan.

Multidisciplinary Interventions

  • Educates staff about psychosocial issues impacting patient.
  • Participates in daily rounds for the purposes of treatment planning and discharge.
  • Is a liaison with CFSA social worker to determine additional needs of the children and families and plan for discharge.
  • Plans with the treatment team and utilization management staff the most appropriate discharge plan.

Family Therapy

  • Utilizes a theoretical framework for the focus of the family intervention.
  • Able to encourage positive communication among family members
  • Recognizes progress and obstacles towards treatment goals and appropriately intervenes.


  • Completes required documents of the assessment in a clear, concise, and timely manner .

Linkage Services /Case Management

  • Knowledgeable about community resources/ placements for children and families to assist in the attainment of treatment goals.
  • Communicate with outside agencies on the behalf of the patient to ensure continuity of care and treatment progress.

Organizational Accountabilities

Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)

Organizational Commitment/Identification

  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

  • Use resources efficiently
  • Search for less costly ways of doing things


  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details – practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location
: District of Columbia-Washington

Work Locations
: Sheikh Zayed Campus 111 Michigan Avenue Washington 20010

: Non-Clinical Professional

: Ctr Neuroscience & Behav Med

Position Status
: R (Regular) – FT – Full-Time

: Evening

Work Schedule
: 4:00pm-12:30am

Job Posting
: Jun 23, 2022, 4:18:06 PM

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