Clinical Social Worker, Internal Medicine, Gerontology

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Wake Forest Baptist Health
March 18, 2021
Wake Forest, North Carolina
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Clinical Social Worker, Internal Medicine, Gerontology
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Wake Forest Baptist Health is a preeminent academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest Baptist Health’s two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem, Brenner Children’s Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 350 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,500 physicians; and Wake Forest School of Medicine, a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, including Wake Forest Innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery.

Provide social work services, clinical intervention, and care coordination to patients with dementia and their families.   Clinical interventions include conducting family meetings and individual, family, and group counseling with patients and families who present with a variety of behavioral health needs in the context of a dementia diagnosis in the family.  In conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team, assists with the development of a comprehensive treatment plan to meet ongoing health and mental health needs.  May also coordinate with other community service providers.

Master of Social Work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Clinical social work experience required.  Minimum 3 years' experience working in a mental health setting with clinical diagnosis and treatment responsibilities.

Clinical licensure in the state of North Carolina through the Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.


  • Experience with older adults and/or patients and caregivers with dementia preferred
  • Highly motivated to serve older adults
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of DSM 5 criteria
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Establishes positive working relationships and works to reduce workplace conflict
  • Embraces change in a rapidly changing health care environment
  • Demonstrates knowledge of mental health system and reforms
  • Social work experience in a healthcare setting desirable


Generic Job Description


  1. Completes psychosocial assessment in accordance with departmental and professional standards to identify emotional, social and environmental needs related to mental health diagnosis, illness, treatment and life situation.
  2. Works with patients and families to provide clinical assessment and mental health intervention in conjunction with the health care team.
  3. Formulates, develops and implements a psychosocial treatment plan utilizing appropriate social work modalities and interventions, which may include crisis intervention, individual and family therapies, and grief and bereavement counseling.
  4. Conducts family meetings, in conjunction with physician and other team members, to review the treatment plan to establish plans for post discharge care to ensure safe discharge planning and optimal mental health recovery.
  5. Works in conjunction with the Psychiatric Consult team to offer resource information and referrals for behavioral health care services post discharge.
  6. Maintains knowledge of federal, state and local mental health systems in order to facilitate post discharge referrals for community resources.  Provides consultation to other members of the Department of Care Coordination and the health care team re:  referral processes for community based mental health services.
  7. Advocates for additional state and federal resources in the continuum of mental health services through collaboration with the North Carolina LME/MCOs.
  8. Documents social work actions in the Electronic Medical Record and communicates necessary information to providers and payers.


  • Clinic setting
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Subject to irregular hours
How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must complete the application process and then submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button located at the bottom of the page titled "Submit Online Application". You will receive the following message once you hit the submit button: "You have successfully submitted your job application".

Computers are available for applying within the lobby of the Human Resources Department located at 1920 West First Street, (on the corner of Miller and First Street) Winston-Salem, North Carolina  27104. You may also call our office for assistance at (336) 716-6464.  Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process, please contact our Supervisor of Office Services by phone (336) 716-3367 or email at


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is the policy of  Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to administer all educational and employment activities without discrimination because of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status (except where sex is a bona fide occupational qualification or a statutory requirement) in accordance with all local, state, national laws, executive orders, regulations, and guidelines.

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