Fairview Health Services

MSW Clinical Fellow

Job Locations US-MN-Minneapolis | US-MN-Minneapolis
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(3/17/2021 11:54 AM)
Requisition ID
Clinical/Direct Patient Care (non-nursing/allied Health)
Social Services/Spiritual Care/Case Mgmt
University of Minnesota Medical Center (East Bank)
Hours per 2 weeks
Palliative Care


The Social Work Fellow provides a wide range of clinical social work interventions to assist individuals, families, and others to restore, enhance, or protect their capacity for social functioning and coping with the consequences of life threatening illness.  The individual will develop and enhance assessment and intervention skills relevant to and within the context of palliative care practice, will function as part of an interdisciplinary team, will engage in educational conferences within the team, and will work on a chosen project to further knowledge and/or practice in the palliative care field.


This is a one year paid fellowship, benefits-eligible.

Responsibilities/Job Description

  1. Provides a range of social work interventions that include counseling, crisis intervention, resource finding and referral, and group/family work methods in assisting patient and families to reach their goals. Identifies and recognizes rapidly changing situations and quickly intervenes to resolve the emotional crisis.
  2. Plans and implements treatment plans based upon a psychosocial assessment that is integrated into an interdisciplinary care plan, especially as they relate to palliative care.
  3. Takes leadership role in facilitation of interdisciplinary communication and provides consultation to team members regarding interactions with patients/families who are experiencing complex psychosocial issues, including end of life and other palliative care issues.
  4. Educates patients/families and health care team members regarding the social work role, pertinent patient care issues, community resources, financial impact issues, and population specific information, especially as they relate to palliative care.
  5. Documents psychosocial assessment and interventions in the medical record.
  6. Identifies and initiates appropriate system change to enhance patient need satisfaction. Takes leadership in revising or restructuring program or service standards as patient needs change or community services change, especially as they relate to the field of palliative care.
  7. Chooses a project related to the field of Palliative Care, researches the topic, and present the results to relevant groups within the institution.
  8. Participates in daily interdisciplinary team rounds and contributes to interdisciplinary education through participation in and presentations in Palliative Consult Service teaching rounds.
  9. Demonstrates knowledge and compliance with Fairview and Social Work Services standards, policies and procedures, including policies regarding supervision.
  10. Complies with the legal and regulatory laws, reporting, and practice standards within the practitioner’s scope of practice.

*Demonstrates ability to provide care or service adjusting approaches to reflect developmental level of population served.

  • Partners with patient/care-giver in care/decision making.
  • Communicates in a respectful manner.
  • Ensures a safe, secure environment.
  • Individualizes plan of care to meet patient needs.
  • Modifies clinical interventions based on population served.
  • Provides patient education based on an assessment of learning needs of patient/care-giver.


Minimum Education

  • MSW 

Minimum License/Certification/Registration

  • LGSW

 Minimum Experience

  • Zero to Three Years

Preferred License/Certification/Registration

  • LGSW, LISW, or LICSW  

Preferred Experience

  • One or more years

Additional Requirements

Ability to skillfully interact, assess, diagnose and intervene with patients of all ages and degrees of disability, families, physicians, other health providers, and the community.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to synthesize, diagnose and apply a specialized range of psychosocial knowledge and practice interventions with patients in a specialty, clinical service, or ambulatory care.


In lieu of cover letter please submit a professional statement that includes your experience and interest in palliative care. This may include; your reasons for interest in fellowship, any special interest you hope to pursue in fellowship, any preliminary thoughts on a focus for a clinical project, learning goals you’re hoping to achieve, and how you hope to use the knowledge/experience of fellowship in your future plans. Please have at minimum two letters of reference available upon request.


Special Considerations

Interest in learning and contributing to the field of palliative care.


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