A licensed clinical social worker normally answers to a head of social work or clinical services but may work independently. Duties include but are not limited to maintaining a caseload and providing appropriate client documentation; assessing and treating clients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems; facilitating education, support groups, and referrals; gathering relevant information pertaining to case issues; writing psychosocial evaluations and treatment plans; assuring compliance with agency and governmental practice, ethical, and confidentiality standards; and providing advocacy and resource brokerage services for clients and families. The licensed clinical social worker may supervise case aides, social work interns, and clerical staff.
The licensed clinical social worker works independently with minimal supervision, but must also be able to work effectively on a team or as a team leader. This position requires excellent collaborative, writing, speaking, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks and deadlines, multitask, thrive in a busy environment, and maintain professionalism and confidentiality.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word is required, as well as familiarity with client record management software. A licensed clinical social worker must be able to quickly learn the software and communication systems the company uses.
The minimum qualification for this position is a master's degree in social work and unrestricted licensure in the state of the position, or eligibility for licensure within six months. Two years of experience in a specialized area may be preferred. This position may require home visits and/or field outreach. Hours may vary according to shift, though usually normal weekday working hours are expected.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Tasks
- Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues.
- Facilitate education, support groups and referrals.
- Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals.
- Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems.
- Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient.