Oregon Health & Science University

Social Worker – Addiction Medicine

Job Locations US-OR-Portland
Requisition ID
Position Category
Allied Health
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Job Type
AFSCME union represented
Care Management
Salary Range
$38.38 - $52.71 per hour
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
HR Mission
Drug Testable

Department Overview

The Medical Social Worker, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, has the primary responsibility for assessment, counseling, care coordination, information/referral, crisis intervention, patient advocacy and associated services to patients, families, significant others and involved parties/agencies. The efforts are directed at assisting in the patient/family adjustment to illness, injury or disability and secondary adjustment to hospitalization or other treatment, and readjustment to the community. The Department has corresponding teaching and research functions related to health and healthcare delivery practices. The Medical Social Worker provides direct intervention on an as-needed basis with infants, children, adolescents, adults and elderly patients and/or families. The Medical Social Worker is expected to practice in accordance with performance standards, core values and with a commitment to service excellence. May provide social work services to patients in Adult units, Peds unit and/or ED.

ADDENDUM: The Addiction Social Work Counselor provides a professional continuum of services to address the bio-psychosocial needs of patients and families affected by addiction. The Social Work Counselor partners closely with the Improving Addiction Care Team (IMPACT) and entire interdisciplinary team to initiate and implement addiction treatment planning for patients. Treatment planning is individualized based on the patient’s needs and preferences to support recovery and empowerment. It may include medication and behavioral therapies as well as harm reduction strategies. This trauma-informed care includes: substancee use disorder assessment and diagnosis, crisis stabilization, motivational interviewing, addiction counseling, and resource referrals. Further, in partnership with Case Management, the Social Work Counselor establishes addiction-specific plans for discharge to the most appropriate levels of care. The Social Work Counselor holds advanced knowledge of substance use disorder issues and provides both consultation and educational programming to OHSU staff and the community. As part of the position, the Social Work Counselor will actively participate in continuous quality improvement efforts and seek empanelment with appropriate insurers.

Function/Duties of Position

  1. Conducts bio-psychosocial assessments and diagnoses of patients affected by addiction; utilizes ASAM assessment criteria. Conducts psychosocial evaluations of patients/families and significant others including, but not limited to the following: adjustment to medical or health condition; care coordination; mental health status; adjustment/compliance to treatment process; substance usage; child and elder abuse/neglect assessments; domestic violence issues; cognitive status (including potential guardian issues); and patient/family resources..
  2. Participates in treatment planning and goal-setting with patients and families during the hospital admission.
  3. Provides motivational interviewing and addiction counseling to patients and families; explores implementation of addiction support groups in the hospital setting Provides brief psychotherapy including: individual short term psychotherapy; group work including information/support groups, family support, patient therapy); regarding but not limited to issues of adoption, abortion , domestic violence, family of origin, sexual/gender, substance abuse, parenting, relationship adjustment to disabilities and chronic or acute illness.
  4. Leads addiction-specific discharge planning efforts to determine the most appropriate level of care and makes indicated resource referrals. Assess patient/family support needs regarding: transportation, housing, clothing and educational/patient vocational rehabilitation and training materials and refer to appropriate resources
  5. Provides education regarding addiction issues to OHSU staff and community members. 
  6.  Maintains accurate and timely documentation of patient care activities in an efficent manner per departmental policies and consistent with billing practices. Participates in staff meetings, Meets in regularly scheduled supervisory sessions. Participates in patient rounds and care/case conferences as appropriate. Complete all OHSU/Joint Commission mandatory education requirements and activities within established time lines. Yearly competencies as identified by department
  7. Participates in continuous quality improvement initiatives.


Required Qualifications

Masters of Social Work

A valid Oregon CSWA (Clinical Social Work Associate) or LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) is required for this position

Experience providing addiction-specific assessment and treatment using best practices in the field of substance use disorders

Thorough and working knowledge of: mental health and addiction assessment, treatment planning, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy and addiction-specific community resources; Able to accurately utilize established criteria for assessing and assigning a substance use diagnosis; Able to diagnose patients with co-occurring issues; Advanced knowledge in the principles of motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care; Excellent task prioritization, time management, and communication skills

  • Code of conduct
  • Respect in the workplace
  • Applicable policies, procedures and agreements related to position, department or OHSU as a whole
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation.

Additional Details


  • Two raises per year – One at anniversary date and one across the board annual increase
  • Healthcare Options - Covered 100% for full-time employees and 88% for dependents, and $25K of term life insurance provided at no cost to the employee
  • Two separate above market pension plans to choose from
  • Vacation- up to 200 hours per year depending on length of service
  • Sick Leave- up to 96 hours per year
  • 8 paid holidays per year
  • Substantial Tri-met and C-Tran discounts
  • Additional Programs including: Tuition Reimbursement and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All are welcome

Oregon Health & Science University values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We are proud of our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of any protected class status, including disability status and protected veteran status. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and those who promote diversity and a culture of inclusion are encouraged to apply. To request reasonable accommodation contact the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Department at 503-494-5148 or aaeo@ohsu.edu.

As an organization devoted to the health and well-being of people in Oregon and beyond, OHSU requires its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


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