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Sutter Health Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)-Utilization Management in San Carlos, California

Position Overview:

The Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) participates in the assessment and management of identified high-risk clients who are at clear risk of needing a higher level of care due to a serious and persistent chronic condition. The LCSW provides biopsychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, and linkage with resources for outpatients, their families and significant others. Provides consultation and training on psychosocial aspects of care as a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team. Serves as a liaison to community programs. Provides psychosocial services for patients and family members. Provides emotional support and education for staff. Assist case managers with complex social situations. Uses Motivational Interviewing techniques to identify patient/family strengths to be incorporated into problem solving interventions. Assess psychodynamic relationships between the patients/family environments to identify factors that hinder the problem solving process. Identify and mitigate system related factors both within the health care system and the community at-large. Develop ways of mitigating obstacles affecting care plan implementation and success.



  • Masters Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • Current California licensure in good standing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Valid California Drivers License

  • Knowledge of child, elder and dependent adult abuse and domestic violence reporting requirements and other significant regulations affecting clinical social work practice (e.g. Tarasoff, patient-psychotherapist privilege)

  • Experience in developing health care plans and in-home and telephone patient case management

  • Strong clinical skills in biopsychosocial assessment, crisis intervention, counseling, interdisciplinary collaboration and linkage with resources

  • Experience working as a member of a multi--disciplinary team

  • Knowledge and understanding of human behavior and communication, psychotherapy, case management, and the influence of cultural and spiritual values in social work practice


  • Masters in Social Work with a concentration in geriatric population

  • Experience in a healthcare setting

Organization: Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Employee Status: Regular

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Day

Shift Hours: 8 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Monday-Friday

Weekend Requirements: Other

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 80

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.