Job Details

Geriatric Clinical Social Worker Therapist - Part Time
Oct 1, 2020
Jewish Family Services
Full Time


To provide individual psychotherapy and family caregiver counseling to the older adult population within the context of the philosophy and mission statement of Jewish Family Service. To provide a range of complex clinical and mental health services in the home or office to an older adult population or family caregivers including completing and reviewing initial paperwork, providing diagnostic assessments, developing treatment plans with the client and providing individual therapy with identified adults.


  • Develop and nurture mutual relationship and confidence with clients. 
  • Care for clients with emotional challenges, including but not limited to anxiety and depression. 
  • Provide answers to client questions regarding services and initial paperwork. 
  • Review clients’ personal, social and health history to learn their background and needs. 
  • Work with clients to develop effective and realistic treatment goals and determine the best treatment approach to assure progress and success. 
  • Enhance clients’ cognitive and behavioral changes that are in line with the overall treatment. 
  • Evaluate the efficiency of treatments and identify the most effective ones. 
  • Understand the individuality of clients and develop specific treatments that benefit them. 
  • Attend courses and trainings on older adult issues and therapy issues to reinforce current knowledge and learn new skills and techniques to utilize with clients as approved by supervisor. 
  • Keep accurate records electronically and hard copy and documentation of clients’ information, conditions, treatments and progress and assure regulations are being met. 
  • Direct clients to available community resources which are beneficial to them, such as Council on Aging, medical providers and home health agencies.  
  • Ensure that clients are aware of financial, food and home assistance from the local agencies, state and federal programs, as well as help from case management services. 
  • Report changes in the client to care managers when appropriate. 
  • Check on clients after treatment, to avoid a relapse of their condition. 
  • Work with the family of patients and other service providers when appropriate to assure the client is supported successfully. 
  • Help clients adjust to serious, chronic or terminal illness. 
  • Support clients as they age in place or transition into higher levels of care. 
  • Encourage clients to grieve their losses in therapy. 
  • Counsel family members who are caregivers to assure they receive needed emotional support. 
  • Help people who have experienced traumatic events to overcome psychological and emotional stress they experience. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other professionals in the community serving older adults to promote the coordination of services and promote mental health services. 
  • Share expertise knowledge and skills in treating older adult clients with issues such as: loss, dementia, chronic medical challenges, family and relationship issues, loneliness, dying and death, abuse and neglect, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, binge eating, gambling addictions, hoarding, suicide and homicide, complicated grief, etc. 
  • To communicate any changes in client’s health insurance. 
  • Provides high level of quality customer service to clients and their family members. 
  • Participates in assuring compliance to all agency and funder specifications and regulations. 
  • Provides counseling meeting ethics, standards and practices of profession. 
  • Works constructively as member of a departmental and agency team 
  • Participates in the development and implementation of a means of evaluating program effectiveness, client and caregiver satisfaction, etc. 
  • Participates in team meetings as approved by supervisor. 
  • Meets productivity goals 
  • Schedules clients to minimize travel whenever feasible 
  • Communicates clearly and precisely through oral and written means. 
  • Uses electronic client databases routinely as well as appropriate software and apps connected with care management duties. 
  • Participates in training, in-services, local conferences and workshops when approved by supervisor. 
  • Performs other relevant duties as necessary. 


Master of Social Work, Licensed Independent Social Worker

One year experience providing therapy required.

Previous work with older adults preferred and understanding of common issues for older adults

The clinical social worker should have the following qualities: empathy, interpersonal skills, listening skills, problem-solving skills, time-management skills, assessment skills, communication skills, ability to intervene in crises, and flexibility with different conditions of the client and their home.

Proficient with Microsoft Office and use of desktop and tablet computer. 

Physical Requirements

This position requires walking, standing, and sitting in office and client home settings.  Position requires use of an insured vehicle. 

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.





Contact Details

Gretchen Cogan
Jewish Family Services