Providence Health & Services Licensed Social Worker in Spokane, Washington


Providence is calling a Medical Social Worker - LCSW (Psych Residency, Day Shift, 0.6 FTE) to Providence Medical Group in Spokane, Washington. This position is located at our clinic at 624 E. Front St. in Spokane. Position is part time (24 hours per week) with a somewhat flexible schedule. We are a community of caregivers delivering every day on our Mission to provide compassionate care that is accessible for all - especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

In this position you will:

  • Provide brief therapy using evidence-based techniques such as Behavioral Activation, Problem-Solving Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, or other treatments appropriate for primary care settings. Training in these specific therapies is available.

  • Support and closely coordinate mental health care with the patient’s primary care provider and, when appropriate, other treating mental health providers.

  • Screen and assess patients for common mental health and substance abuse disorders.

  • Provide patient education about common mental health and substance abuse disorders and available treatment options.

  • Monitor patients (in person or by telephone) for changes in clinical symptoms and treatment side effects or complications.

  • Support psychotropic medication management prescribed by PCPs, focusing on treatment adherence, side effects and other complications, and effectiveness of treatment.

  • Provide or facilitate in-clinic or outside referrals to evidence-based psychosocial treatments (e.g, CBT, DBT) as clinically indicated.

  • Participate in regularly scheduled caseload consultation with the psychiatric consultant and communicate resulting treatment recommendations to the patient’s PCP. Consultations will focus on patients new to treatment or who are not improving as expected.

  • Facilitate patient engagement and follow-up in care.

  • Track patient follow-up and clinical outcomes using a registry. Document in-person and telephone encounters in the registry and use the system to identify and re-engage patients.

  • Document patient progress and treatment recommendations in the registry so they can be easily shared with PCPs, the psychiatric consultant, and other treating providers.

  • Facilitate treatment plan changes for patients who are not improving as expected in consultation with the PCP and the psychiatric consultant. These may include changes in medications or psychosocial treatments or appropriate referrals for additional services.

  • Facilitate referrals for clinically indicated services outside the primary care clinic (e.g., social services such as housing assistance, vocational rehabilitation, mental health specialty care, substance abuse treatment).

  • Complete relapse prevention plan with patients who are in remission.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW)

  • Licensed as a Social Worker “Independent Clinical”) in the State of Washington

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 90 days of hire

  • 2 to 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Ability to effectively engage patients in a therapeutic relationship, when appropriate.

  • Experience with screening and assessment and treatment planning for common mental health and/or substance use disorders, when appropriate.

  • Working knowledge of differential diagnosis of common mental health and/or substance use disorders, when appropriate.

  • Working knowledge of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for common mental health disorders, when appropriate.

About the clinic you will serve.

Providence Medical Group is a group of primary care, specialty care and hospital-based medical providers who serve eastern Washington in clinic locations. Our providers and staff strive to create a distinctive health care experience for each patient – one focused on trust, respect, communication and teamwork.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits - see our website for details

Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit Catholic network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services guided by a Mission of caring the Sisters of Providence began over 160 years ago. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Part-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Social Work

Location: Washington-Spokane

Req ID: 214051