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Swedish Health Services Clinical Social Worker Addiction Recovery Ballard, WA in Seattle, Washington


Swedish Medical Center is looking for a Clinical Social Worker Addiction Recovery (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in Addiction Recovery Services at Swedish Ballard in Seattle, WA.

The Clinical Social Worker on Addiction Recovery Service (ARS) partners with patients, families and the health care team to address and advocate for patients' social and emotional needs. The clinical social worker is responsible for providing a full range of social work services including but not limited to psychosocial assessment, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions in groups, discharge planning, crisis intervention, and resource referral. The clinical social worker partners with the patient and his or her support system, as well as interdisciplinary teams, both internal and external to the organization, to improve patient care through the effective utilization and monitoring of health care resources. The clinical social worker assumes a leadership role to facilitate the achievement of patient goals and desired clinical, financial, and resource outcomes. The clinical social worker is guided by the NASW Code of Ethics and the Swedish Mission and Vision in his or her daily practice.

In this position you will:

  • Collaboration: Works collaboratively with patients nurses, case managers, physicians, other practitioners, caregivers and community resources and agencies. The social worker and healthcare team are jointly accountable for measurable outcomes that are cost effective and reflect patient preferences and values.

  • Contributes to the development of a goal-directed, age-appropriate plan of care through an interdisciplinary team process that is prioritized and based on medical diagnosis, patient needs, and expected patient outcomes.

  • Interacts with patients and physicians to explore the most appropriate setting to meet patient needs.

  • Participates in the development, implementation, evaluation, and ongoing revision of initiatives to improve quality, continuity, and cost-effectiveness.

  • Works collaboratively with other departments and services to define and study areas of inefficiency and participates in process improvement projects.

  • Fosters positive internal and external customer relations.

  • Collaborates with community providers and provides patient/family with appropriate community resources to promote achievement of agreed upon goals.

  • Conducts substance abuse assessment, assesses patient’s readiness to change, provides information about treatment options, and refers or facilitates transfer of acutely intoxicated patients to the sobering and medical detox facilities.

  • Conducts psychiatric assessment and intervention and refers patients to the appropriate level of care, including outpatient, voluntary inpatient, and involuntary treatment.

  • Communication: Communicates timely, relevant and accurate information to all parties involved with a patient’s care.

  • Communicates patient needs related to advancing the medical treatment plan and/or discharge plan to appropriate professionals and follows up.

  • Communicates with patients and families to ensure understanding of third-party payer guidelines and to arrange referrals.

  • Provides clear and thorough documentation based on established department standards

  • Facilitation: Facilitates the progression of care by advancing the care plan to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Develops discharge plan through collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.

  • Ensures that all activities to facilitate and coordinate the plan are being implemented and that the plan is continuously modified based on the patient’s changing needs.

  • Assesses for financial barriers to advancing the treatment plan and discharge plan, provides information about resources, and advocates for patient/family in accessing financial assistance programs.

  • Assesses for and manages complex patient and family dynamics that impede the treatment plan and/or discharge plan to support and facilitate alignment of goals between the patient, family and healthcare team, including facilitating and participating in care conferences.

  • Coordination: Integrates the work of the healthcare team by coordinating resources and services necessary to accomplish agreed-upon goals.

  • Procures services and resources for identified patients and families, serving as an advocate to promote achievement of agreed upon goals.

  • Resource Management; Assures prudent utilization of all resources (fiscal, human, environmental, equipment and services) by evaluating the options available and balancing cost and quality to assure the optimal clinical and financial outcomes

  • Assesses for causes for readmissions and problem-solves solutions to reduce length of stay and recidivism. Assists in the development of patient care plans when needed for high utilizers of healthcare services.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work from an accredited school

  • SUDP (Substance Use Disorder Professional credential)

  • 1 year of experience in the areas of acute medical or mental healthcare in an inpatient or outpatient setting

  • Licensed Social Work Associate – Independent Clinical (LSWAIC)

  • Licensure as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with the Washington State Department of Health under Chapter 18.225 RCW is preferred and may be substituted

Preferred qualification for this position include:

  • ACM/CCM certification

About the Ballard Campus.

Swedish's Ballard campus maintains its strong ties to the Ballard community and fosters a team-oriented work environment. The Ballard campus has an active obstetrics program and a full-service Emergency Department. It is the site of Swedish’s Addiction Recovery Services — one of the few hospital-based drug- and alcohol-treatment programs in Seattle.

We offer comprehensive, best-in-class benefits to our caregivers. For more information, visit


Our Mission

Our Mission is to improve the health and well-being of each person we serve.

Our Vision is Health for a Better World.

About Us

Swedish is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); emergency rooms and specialty center in Redmond (East King County) and the Mill Creek area in Everett; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 128 primary care and specialty care locations throughout the greater Puget Sound area. Swedish employs nearly 13,000 caregivers (all employees), including nearly 1,400 providers. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we're committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: Ballard Main Bldg (WA148) 5300 Tallman Ave Nw Seattle, 98107

Req ID: 299948