Social Work Adol PHP ~ Lowell
Job Details
BWH - Bournewood Lowell Ambulatory - Lowell, MA
Masters Degree

Social Workers

Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program 

(MSW, LCSW, LICSW, MA, or LMHC)  – Lowell

** $5,000K Sign-on Bonus**


Make a difference by providing trauma-informed care through a respectful and person-centered perspective in a team environment. 


Your Duties:

Bournewood Health Systems is seeking a Social Worker or Clinician for an Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program to serve as a member of our Lowell based Outpatient team.  Clinicians will offer group therapy, group psychoeducation, case management, individual clinical support, collateral contact and family therapy, as determined by the needs of an individual case.


This position is for you if:

  • You are dedicated to providing short-term care
  • You work best as a member of a team
  • You enjoy being creative in your clinical work
  • You are committed to treating behavioral health and substance use needs.
  • You are committed to serving adolescents and their families


Why choose us?

  • Team atmosphere.
  • Trusted behavioral health provider.
  • Trauma-informed lens.
  • Opportunity to guide clinical content and incorporate clinical interests.
  • Ongoing diversity and inclusion commitment.
  • Clinical supervision provided.
  • Experienced and supportive leadership team.
  • Full-time, salaried role.
  • Access to a comprehensive benefit package.



  • Master’s level clinical degree; MA, MSW, and MS
  • Independently licensed or license eligible; LCSW, LICSW, LMFT, LADAC-1, or LMHC
  • Knowledge of adolescent development
  • Knowledge of major mental illness
  • Knowledge of substance use needs
  • Ability to respond to crisis
  • Case management experience
  • Ability to climb stairs, sit for 8 hours, and walk between buildings
  • Ability to utilize computer and telephone
  • Ability to utilize electronic medical records system


Job Description

Essential Functions:


  1. Leads daily group therapy sessions as indicated by Supervisor.
  2. Assumes role of social worker for assigned patients.
  3. Meets with patients and guardians to complete the written initial assessment within 24 hours of patient admission, and completes treatment plan within 48 hours.
  4. Provides and maintains contact/consultation, (as patient’s guardian permits) with collateral supports including but not limited to patient’s outpatient therapist, prescriber, PCP, school, DCF/DMH case worker.
  5. Involves and updates families on treatment planning, treatment progress, aftercare planning and educates family on available resources.
  6. Coordinates/organizes meeting of outpatient providers or school personnel as necessary.
  7. Communicates findings and progress of group, individual, and family therapy and discharge recommendations/planning to treatment team.
  8. Consults on an as needed basis with other team members around issues of his/her expertise.
  9. Maintains daily progress notes in charts and completes group notes for all groups performed.
  10. Ensures appropriate case management and aftercare appointments with providers and informs patient and family of all appointments.
  11. Conducts utilization review on cases assigned by the Supervisor.
  12. Documents all clinical and collateral contacts and case management activities in a timely and professional manner.
  13. Complies with all statues and regulations relevant to the maintenance of clinical standards in the Commonwealth, e.g. mandated reporting, duty to warn, confidentiality, human rights.
  14. Complies with the policies and procedures of Bournewood Health Systems.
  15. Adheres to the Social Work Code of Ethics.
  16. Performs other related duties as requested by the Supervisor.




Essential Competencies:


  1. Knowledge of major mental illness, i.e. schizophrenia and the impact of family.
  2. Knowledge of developmental stages and clinical implications regarding abandonment.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of biological and sociocultural changes influencing adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations.
  4. Knowledge of substance use disorders and associated treatments.
  5. Knowledge of family systems dynamics.
  6. Knowledge of group therapy and group dynamics.
  7. Ability to conduct individual assessments and provide effective clinical documentation.
  8. Is competent in delivering patient care that is trauma informed and patient centered. As indicated by:
    1. Provides care that is kind, collaborative and compassionate.
    2. Able to defuse power struggles and doesn’t need “to win”.
    3. Appropriate assessment of clients for a history of trauma
    4. Recognize/assess a range of trauma-related behaviors
    5. Implement trauma-sensitive interventions with people served


Minimum Qualifications:


Social worker requirements include the completion of a Masters Degree in social work from an accredited school of social work.  Inpatient field placement experience is preferred. 


Physical Criteria:


  1. Must be able to climb stairs and walk between buildings.
  2. Must be able to use a telephone and computer.
  3. Must be to sit for up to 8 hours.
  4. Must be able to provide crisis intervention techniques when necessary.