Social Worker - Intake Therapist (TAR)

Rochester, NY


General Description

The social worker is responsible for providing intake assessments for patients 12-18 years old admitted to the Child and Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Service (CAPHS). The social worker conducts diagnostic assessment, psychosocial assessment, and determines eligibility for admission for assigned patients. They advocate, with the patient’s insurance company, for treatment at this level of care and documents medical necessity. The social worker is also at times responsible for crisis intervention, maintenance of the therapeutic milieu, and assessment and management of patient safety. The social worker may be responsible for leading therapeutic groups and providing individual therapy. The social worker develops and maintains relationships with community agencies and providers who refer to and receive patients from the CAPHS. The social worker participates in implementation of the program’s wait list management protocol during periods when there is a waiting list for intake. The social worker participates on a multidisciplinary team for the ongoing review of cases.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serves as intake therapist, performing diagnostic/intake evaluation and determination regarding appropriateness for level of care for assigned patients. Serves as a covering primary therapist as needed. This may be in the following modalities; individual, family and/or group therapy. Coordinates activities related to the comprehensive treatment and continuity of care planning for the patients assigned to his/her caseload. Performs psychosocial assessments of patients and their families.

  • Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team and contributes to the assessment, treatment, and continuity of care for identified patients. Requests and coordinates psychiatric consultation when indicated. Secures authorization for treatment from patients’ insurers, as indicated.

  • Collaborates with referral sources, as well as collateral contacts and provides linkages to community resources. May provide back-up as requested during the absence of certain co-workers (i.e. Intakes or group therapy)

  • Documents treatment in patient’s electronic medical record in compliance with Division, Department, and Hospital Policy.

  • Attends Social Work Division, Social Work in Psychiatry and Program staff meetings.

  • Participates in activities of the Program, Social Work Division, and Psychiatry Division.

  • Incorporates all relevant policies and procedures into daily work including, but not limited to, ensuring policies and procedures are implemented with regard to professional practice, discharge planning and patient care, timely completion of time reporting and other Hospital or Division forms; Hospital and Division mandatory in-service training programs and UHS reviews.

  • Participates in routine committee process of the Social Work Division, and facilitates Division and Hospital quality assurance and staff development activities. Subscribes to the departmental goal of creating a culturally competent environment by treating patient, families, trainees, and co-workers in a sensitive manner with appropriate attention to cultural differences. Participates in available cultural competency events and training appropriate to job duties

Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications


  • Master’s degree from an accredited school of social work (CSWE) Licensure as a social worker, as defined by the State Board for Social Work, State Education Department, Division of Professional Licensing Services is required. If licensure has not been obtained upon employment, the individual has 18 months within which to obtain it, unless duties will be performed under OMH then minimum of a limited permit (not to exceed 1 year) or NYS Licensure will be required upon employment start.


  • 2-3 years professional social work practice beyond the Master's degree, at least one of which must include psychiatric emergency, crisis or outreach work; or an equivalent combination of education and experience and working with adult and/or pediatric and adolescent populations. Prior experience in providing individual or group therapy in an acute clinical setting preferred.

  • Knowledge about and ability to provide behavioral health assessments/evaluations and evidenced based interventions;

  • Commitment to and routine demonstration of biopsychosocial approach to care of individuals and families;

  • Dedication to delivering a team-based integrated model of care

  • Demonstrates cultural humility and anti-racism values and works toward ensuring all patients feel welcome.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 57,595 - $ 80,600 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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