Social Worker-MSW Senior

IU Health


Primary Care Collaboration-PR

Active Full Time


Indiana University Health is Indiana's most comprehensive health system, with 16 hospitals and more than 34,000 team members serving Hoosiers across the state. We're looking for team members who are inspired by challenging and meaningful work for the good of every patient. People who are compassionate and serve with a purpose. People who aspire to excellence every day.


The Behavioral Health Clinician (BHC) partners with the primary care providers (PCPs) (including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) in a consultative role to assess the behavioral health needs of primary care patients and provide brief evidence-based triage, behavioral interventions, and referrals. BHCs may also be asked to provide a range of services including screening for common conditions, performing assessments, and providing interventions related to chronic disease management programs. BHCs may be asked to collaborate to design and administer educational and therapeutic groups and act as liaisons to the community.  This position reports to the Psychologist assigned to the Primary Care clinic where the BHC is located. The assigned Psychologist will provide training, clinical supervision, and oversight of BHCs.



All employees will be held accountable to the Indiana University Health Standard of Service that is defined by Service Excellence



Maintains a visible presence to the PCPs during clinic operating hours. BHCs will be available for informal consultation by being in the clinic or available by phone. BHCs are available for same day and scheduled initial consultations with patients referred by PCPs.

Triages referrals from PCPs. BHCs will review and triage all referrals from PCPs, determining which are or are not appropriate for the program. Those that are appropriate will be forwarded to office staff for scheduling. Those not appropriate will be returned to the PCP with explanation as to why they are inappropriate for our program and do not qualify. In addition to providing ongoing training regarding appropriate referrals, BHCs will help facilitate community referrals for those patients who do not qualify.

Performs initial evaluations and develops the treatment plan. BHCs will provide initial clinical evaluation of select patients, using the Biopsychosocial model of assessment, in order to assist PCPs with the development of a behavioral health-informed treatment plan. This plan may or may not involve formal or direct involvement from the behavioral health team.

Provides therapeutic interventions. BHCs will provide brief (up to 12 sessions), evidence based individual and/or family psychotherapeutic interventions. Interventions may include, but are not limited to, psychoeducation, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing for mental health or health behavior change, Interpersonal therapy, Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Metacognitive therapies, etc.

Maintains records. BHCs will maintain clinical records and other necessary paperwork in a timely manner to comply with all administrative regulations. They also will communicate with PCPs regularly via personal discussion and/or brief consultant notes for the medical chart that explain assessment findings, interventions delivered, and recommendations made to the PCP.

Performs other duties that may be assigned from time-to-time by supervising Psychologist.

Master's Degree in Social Work required.
CPI (Non-Violent Crisis Intervention) certification required within 6 months.
Permanent  LCSW licensure required
3-5 years experience preferred in one of the following areas (mental health, Department of Child and Family Services, adult protective services, Veteran's Administration, substance abuse).
Requires experience working with geographically and financially diverse patient populations.
Requires knowledge of the impact of the disease process and of human behavior to provide psychosocial assessments, short-term therapeutic counseling and crisis intervention to patients, families and staff.
Requires knowledge of state and county adult and child protective legal mandates.
Requires knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span.
Maintains principles, practices and techniques of crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
Develop and maintain strong working relationships with the community, medical teams, law enforcement, APS/CPS, schools, probation and other agencies as indicated.
Requires proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word.


Apply teamwork. Apply experience. Apply skill. Apply yourself. And together we can change everything.

Indiana University Health has more than 34,000 team members, including more than 3,600 physicians and 1,200 advanced practice providers, and we're home to the largest nursing network in Indiana with more than 9,000 nursing team members at over 800 sites of care.

Indiana University Health is Indiana's most comprehensive healthcare system with hospitals and specialties ranked among the nation's best by U.S. News & World Report.

A unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine one of the nation's largest medical schools gives patients access to groundbreaking research and innovative treatments, and it offers team members access to the latest science and the very best training advancing healthcare for all.

At IU Health, your personal and professional growth is a top priority. You will have access to many diverse opportunities to learn and develop in meaningful ways that matter most to you, such as advanced clinical training, leadership development, promotion opportunities and cross training development.

With 16 hospitals, including eight with Magnet designation and five with Pathways to Excellence designation, our team members are leading the way through excellence.

IU Health is invested in the lives of Hoosiers, leading the transformation of healthcare to make Indiana one of the nation's healthiest states.