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Clinical Social Worker-PASS Clinic (LCSW Required)

Regular Full Time Durham, North Carolina
Requisition Number: 186984

Duke University Hospital Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area. Inaddition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

Occ Summary

Clinical Social Worker Preoperative Anesthesia and Surgical Screening (PASS) Clinic

Provide psychosocial assessments, diagnosis and treatment as well as perioperative planning and stress management interventions to assist patients, families and the healthcare team in coping with patient’s diagnosis, illness, anesthetic, surgery, hospitalization, and recovery from an acute surgical encounter.  Domains include: emotional, mental, substance use disorders and social barriers. 

Must be licensed in the state of North Carolina (LCSW).

The role will focus upon the initial assessment and treatment of distress related to the perioperative period (2-6 sessions preoperatively and 2-6 sessions postoperatively), with potential for some longer-term treatment in specific clinical scenarios.  Interest in health anxiety and experience in the provision of stress management techniques, motivational interviewing for lifestyle change, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are strongly desired. 

The successful candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians (anesthesiologists), advanced practice providers (NPs and PAs), registered nurses, case manager, and non-clinical staff members and serve as a liaison
  • Ability to work autonomously as the only LCSW on the team
  • Experience with acute management of a variety of mental health and behavioral conditions
  • Experience working with hospital patients with complex medical and social needs
  • Familiarity with mental status, depression and anxiety screening tools and scales
  • Knowledge of available community resources and/or social services
  • General knowledge of chronic medical conditions often encountered in surgical patients
  • Comfort with both in-person and virtual therapy formats
  • Desire to design and develop a perioperative stress management program and willingness to remain flexible with changes in role as the program grows
  • Consistent presence and participation in clinic and team meetings

Initial role will be entirely clinic based, but with potential to work remotely several days per week as the clinical scenario allows

Position will be 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday. No call, no weekends or after hours

Approximately 6 hours/week of administrative time to allow for documentation and attendance at team meetings with 30 hours of clinical encounters/week. Anticipated case load of 30-45 patients at a time.  Offering both individual and/or group supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Level I and Level II Master's degree in social work from an accredited school of social work .


Level I Level II Two year of post internship social work experience in a health care setting or social service agency. Two years recent post master's experience in a clinical setting preferred. Same as Level I plus five years post master's experience in a health care or social service agency. Experience in leadership and supervising.

Degrees, Licensures, Certifications

Level I and Level II Current licensure as a licensed clinicalsocial worker (LCSW) by the NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

Job Level: F2

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