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Psychiatric Institute of Washington Washington Full-Time
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PIW is committed to improving the behavioral health care within our community by going beyond the traditional.  We will continue to develop diverse and dynamic treatment programs and establish partnerships with others to understand and serve people where they live.  Together we will build upon our strengths and human spirit to create a different future.

PIW’s Values

(Guiding Principles)

  • We will deliver the highest quality behavioral health care services to the patients at PIW in a responsible, reliable, and cost-effective manner.
  • We will be responsive, sensitive, and professional in all our relationships.
  • We will be a leader in providing a continuum of behavioral health care services in the Washington area.
  • We will practice good corporate stewardship within our community.
  • We will pursue growth while being mindful of the economic realities necessitated by being an independent organization.
  • We will treat all employees and staff of PIW fairly.

Provides direct patient care to children, adolescents, and adults from the ages of 5-65+ that is congruent with the philosophy and standards of practice defined by the social work department.  Conducts psychosocial assessments, case management activities, family interventions, and disposition planning as needed.  Promotes and participates in referral development activities.  Manages a full caseload in an organized and effective manner.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of social work.

Knowledge of normal and abnormal human development and its impact upon physical, emotional, and behavioral development.

Ability to assess and evaluate socio-psychological data to compile and complete assessments, treatment planning, and discharge planning.

Ability to perform individual, family, group, and crisis intervention techniques for children, adolescents, adults, and family members.

Ability to function as a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team.

Ability to responsibly exercise independent judgment in assigned duties.

Ability to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship with family members of patients for the purpose of support, education, guidance, and communication of the treatment plan.

Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Job Requirements


Completes psychosocial assessments within 72 hours of patient’s arrival on the unit and records the meeting in the chart

Completes a psychosocial assessment, which includes identification of psychosocial factors with high-risk potential, social, financial, and legal considerations, and a conclusion regarding the identified problems.

Documents (within 24 hours) progress notes for individual sessions with patients which indicate date and length of session summary of content and degree of resolution, and discussion of treatment and discharge/disposition issues.

Develops and conducts groups (in conjunction with other treatment team members) as determined by identified patient population needs.

Documents group member participation in chart notes in an accurate and objective manner and completes billing sheets.

Assists in coordinating admissions, discharges, and transfers of all assigned patients.

Documents discharge planning needs and updated information on the psychosocial assessment, master treatment plan, and each treatment plan update.

Monitors insurance requirements and keeps utilization reviewer and other treatment team members current with patient’s progress, family meetings, and other case occurrences.

Documents clearly any requests for extensions in length of stay due to lack of proper placement or adequate discharge planning and/or clinical regression.

Performs case management functions as needed.

Attends and actively participates in multidisciplinary treatment planning meetings and ensures that conclusions drawn from psychosocial assessment are incorporated into the patient’s treatment plans.

Informs other staff members in a timely manner of new developments in a given case.

Supervises social work students if assigned by director of Social Work.

Coordinates the scheduling of clinical activity with that of other staff to minimize scheduling conflicts.

Participates as needed in hospital-wide marketing activities.

Assists in guest relations including sharing responsibility for the appearance of the unit.

Demonstrates a professional attitude during internal and external communication and interactions with all staff, patients, family members, guests, community, and referral sources.

Performs other job duties as assigned and discussed with supervisor.


  • Master's degree in clinical field (LMSW/LGSW/LPC/LGPC/LICSW).
  • District of Columbia License (CURRENT) and must maintain as a condition of continued employment.
  • One year of experience in a mental health setting.
  • Previous inpatient experience preferred.


  • Case management skills.
  • Worked with adolescents and families.
  • Clinical understanding of priority population diagnosis with adults. 
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating discharge meetings.
  • worked with multi-disciplinary team approach.

Recommended skills

Radiation Treatment Planning
Social Work
Crisis Intervention
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