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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
November 11, 2021
2716 South St., 6th floor, Philadelphia, PA
Job Type


Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Location: LOC_ROBERTS-Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research

Req ID: 151038

Shift: Days

Employment Status: Regular - Full Time

Job Summary

This role works closely with CHOP families and Primary Care Providers and is the first point of contact from the GRIT program. This role is responsible for introducing GRIT, explaining the available services, gathering information, conducting a GRIT Needs Assessment, while providing emotional support and education around potential available supports. Upon completion of GRIT Needs Assessment, this role works with families to ensure they are connected to appropriate levels of care and services. This role will identify appropriate services, assist families with navigating insurance barriers, refer to appropriate services and supports, and when applicable, will assist the family in scheduling intake appointments and coordinating care.

Provide education, validation and assessments to youth and caregivers
•    Provide information and education about available services, resources and supports
•    Provide psychoeducation around trauma symptoms, anxiety and depressive symptoms
•    Conduct brief Needs Assessment and Screening in order to identify social and mental health needs and begin to formulate plan for services and referrals
•    Utilize both biopsychosocial assessment as well as validated mental health tools to gauge symptomatology and recommend appropriate level of care
•    Assess for immediate safety needs such as interpersonal violence, unsafe housing, threats of violence or abuse
•    Screen for suicidality using brief suicidality screening questions and full C-SSRS when prompted by positive screen. Provide appropriate resources when needed, such as Mobile Crisis Unit or Crisis Response Center.

Serve as primary point of contact and referral follow-up
•    Serve as primary liaison for Primary Care centers and GRIT service providers
•    Coordinate and track referrals; Contact patients/families or service providers post referrals to ensure that services are accessible and sufficient.
•    When eligible, schedule visit with CHOP Family Advocacy and Support team
•    Arrange or assist families in arranging outpatient intake appointments with CGRC and/or Uplift service providers.
•    Provide resource packets to all families, including those not interested in services or those unable to contact.
•    Assist families when care connections fail or are insufficient by scheduling alternate services and supports.

Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

LCSW issued by the state in which the position is located.

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Masters of/in Social Work or Social Welfare

Required Experience:

  • Prior clinical social work experience

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Experience: Experience in a hospital, health organization or mental health agency setting.

  • Two (2) years of clinical social work experience
  • Experience in Outreach, Engagement and Community-Based services; a strong knowledge of Philadelphia service providers and available supports

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development and related areas.
  • Knowledge of child psychopathology.
  • Knowledge of therapy and psychological assessment techniques with children and families.
  • Knowledge of behavioral methodology and principles.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English.
  • Ability to direct and motivate staff teams.
  • Critical analysis and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other health care team providers.
  • Ability to develop trusting relationships with patients, families and staff.
  • Ability to work with sensitivity to cultural diversity and assists staff in understanding this diversity.
  • Ability to identify community resources for families and advocate on their behalf.
  • Ability to present self with professional approach and appearance with high level of emotional maturity.
  • Ability to learn public health policy and health care legislation and respond to it as a family advocate.


All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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CHOP Careers Contact 

Talent Acquisition

2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

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