Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oak Park, IL at Pipeline Health

Date Posted: 12/3/2022

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Job Type



Education: Master’s Degree in a field related to mental health from an accredited program (required)

Licensure and/or Certification: Active LCSW or LCPC Illinois License (required)

Experience: Experience with weight loss, obesity management, eating disorders, or other related fields preferred 

Languages: Spanish speaking desirable

Full Job Description

Licensed Clinical Social Worker to Support Bariatric Surgery and Medical Weight Loss Program


Reporting to the Bariatric Surgery and Medical Weight Loss Program Director, the Licensed Clinical Social Worker provides psychological consultation, support, counseling and intervention to bariatric patients and their significant others through evaluation of psychological well-being. The Licensed Clinical Social Worker is accountable for the safety of the care they deliver.

Job Functions:

• Assures the safety of the patient population served by demonstrating age-appropriate skills in assessing, implementing, and evaluating plans of care

• Performs psychological evaluation for the preoperative metabolic and bariatric surgery patient and provides a formal written evaluation and interpretation of data (i.e., DIET inventory and psychological questionnaire) as to the patient’s readiness and ability to make an informed decision regarding surgery.

• Participates in the weekly Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Team meeting to discuss challenging patients, office dynamics, and/or seek supervision on cases.

• Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of plans for psychiatric care for the patient and their family, including but not limited to, smoking cessation, addiction treatment, and eating disorder monitoring

• Maintains contact with individual’s psychologist/psychiatrist/therapist, if applicable, to provide education to providers about anticipated psychological changes post-surgery and to maintain collaborative efforts with recommended treatment plan.

• Provides psychological support to postoperative metabolic and bariatric surgery patients surrounding psychosocial issues/stressors. Addresses psychopathology, body image, self-esteem, social support quality of life, marital adjustment, and sexual functioning. Postsurgical follow-up required at 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year with any additional support provided as deemed necessary and/or needed.

• Attends appropriate in-service and continuing education training program(s) for hospital staff, commensurate with job responsibilities.

• Participates in the monthly information sessions.

• Participates in unit projects, which seek to improve patient care.

• Communicates findings to interdisciplinary team and others as appropriate.

• Participates and leads various group meetings, including but not limited to support group, emotional eating, and body image groups

• Administrative responsibilities including keeping informed of current Bariatric research, attending seminars, data entry for future research studies, and professional development.

• Participates in continuing education and/or other appropriate activities to maintain current licensure.

• Provides evidence-based updates and education to hospital staff, physicians, and other health practitioners on the changing trends in the field of mental and behavioral health, especially as they relate to Bariatrics, obesity, and weight management

• Other duties as assigned from time to time.


Patience, especially when working with challenging patients or those who may be resistant to treatment

Interpersonal skills, including being able to relate to patients and build a strong rapport

Empathy to identify with patients’ experiences to help them understand what is causing them to feel a certain way

Trustworthiness to keep information confidential

Communication skills and the ability to know when to talk and when to listen to create a safe environment for the patients

Critical thinking to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend proper treatment


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance

Medical Specialty:

  • Psychology


  • 8-hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Masters (Required)


  • Experience with Bariatrics, weight loss, obesity management, eating disorders, or other related fields preferred 

Work Remotely:

  • Occasional telehealth education/counseling may be required; must be comfortable using Zoom, WebEx, and/or other similar platforms

Work Location: One location