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Clinical Social Worker

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The Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) of Duke Health is the world-class, multi-specialty physician practice comprised of 120 clinics located throughout North Carolina. The PDC recruits the top physicians and employees and retains them by offering competitive salaries and benefits and a supportive work environment where passion and purpose connect.

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The Duke Department of Psychiatry is seeking a CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER to provide patients with psychosocial assessments, diagnosis, treatment, and navigation support to assist them with behavioral health needs. This position offers flexible day shift scheduling options with no call or weekends. This position would offer the clinician variety by providing telehealth, telephone, and in-person support to adult and/or pediatric patients at several clinics in the Durham, NC area. This department encourages staff professional growth and learning, and there are opportunities to develop leadership skills by working with trainees.


You are compassionate, patient, and have top notch interpersonal skills and your goal is to promote patient’s well-being through exceptional care to patients with behavioral health needs
You are detail oriented, conscientious and take pride in ensuring accuracy in your work.
You are collaborative and excited to be part of an amazing care team providing meaningful and needed services.


Provide psychosocial assessments of patients and families to identify emotional, social, and environmental strengths and problems related to their diagnosis, illness, treatment, and/or life situation.
Formulate, develop, and implement a comprehensive psychosocial treatment plan utilizing appropriate clinical social work treatments and interventions. Interventions may include crisis intervention, brief and long-term individual, marital, family and/or group therapies as well as grief and bereavement work.
Screen, identify, diagnose using DSM nomenclature, treat and manage mental health and/or substance abuse problems in patients and family members. Provide training to other health care professionals in same. May perform these functions independently or as part of a team.
Utilize knowledge of hospital, medical center and/or health system resources to provide for patient care needs, provide clinically-informed triage for patients seeking mental healthcare, and support patient ability to navigate hospital, medical center, and community resources.
Provide education to patients and families around issues related to adaptation to the patient’s diagnosis, illness, treatment and/or life situation.
Participate in multi-disciplinary health care teams and provide leadership in representing clinical social work perspective/liaison with patient and family.
Document assessment, plan, interactions, and interventions according to departmental, hospital and/or health system guidelines and standards.
Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Master’s degree in social work from an accredited school of social work is required.
Two years of post internship social work experience in a health care setting or social service agency is required. Two years recent post master’s experience in a clinical setting preferred.
Current licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) by the NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.


Adherence to the practice standards and ethical guidelines of NASW and the NC Certification Board for Social Work.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
A solid knowledge of clinical social work practice.
Excellent assessment, interviewing, and counseling skills with expertise in mental health and substance abuse areas; familiar with psychopathology and with range of therapeutic interventions including psychopharmocotherapy; and if working independently, must know when to refer for further medical assessment.
Highly collaborative with strong interpersonal and team building skills.
Ability to prioritize multiple work assignments and manage time efficiently.
Flexibility in accepting diverse work assignments and managing stress related to change.
Basic computer skills


Certain jobs in the Private Diagnostic Clinic may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

The Private Diagnostic Clinic is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The PDC aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.