MD Anderson Cancer Center Social Work Counselor in Houston, Texas

Social Work Counselor

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Healthcare/Business Support at

VP Clinical Support Svcs Area 710378

Requisition #: 116292

The mission of the Department of Social Work at MD Anderson Cancer Center is to help patients and their families cope with the diagnosis of cancer and to eliminate psychosocial complications as significant barriers to care in Texas, the nation and the world through outstanding integrated programs in patient care, research, education and prevention.


Provide comprehensive biopsychosocial assessment and counseling services to individuals, families and groups. Supports compliance with treatment protocols, advance care planning and assists with resource linkage as a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

Key Functions

  1. Conducts biopsychosocial assessments using appropriate diagnostic criteria to recommend, facilitate, and implement interventions for a comprehensive treatment plan.

  2. Uses counseling techniques, resource knowledge and linkage throughout the disease trajectory, including end of life, survivorship and bereavement.

  3. Participates in continuity of care and/or discharge planning. Facilitates advance care planning.

  4. Documents patient care activity in institutional electronic healthcare record in accordance with departmental documentation policy.

Core Competencies

· IC – Self-Motivation:

o Sets high standards of performance

o Pursue goals with energy and persistence

o Drive for results and achievement

· IC – Self Adaptability:

o Work in situations involving uncertainty, shifting priorities, and rapid change

o Deal constructively with mistakes and setbacks

o Demonstrate flexibility

· IC – Analytical Thinking:

o Gather relevant information systematically;

o Break down problems into simple components; and

o Make sound decisions.

· IC – Team with Others:

o Encourage collaboration and input from all team members; value the contributions of all team members; Balance individual and team goals.

· IC – Innovative Thinking:

o Approach problems with curiosity and open-mindedness; and

o Offer new ideas, solutions and/or options.

· TC - Professionalism:

o Employee demonstrates commitment to collaborative professional relationships with physicians and all members of the health care team

o Employee demonstrates a high level of responsibility, ethical practice, sensitivity to a diverse patient population and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements

o Employee demonstrates a commitment to excellence and on-going professional development

· TC – Systems-Based Practice

o Employee demonstrates his/her impact on the system of care


Required: Master's degree in Social Work (MSW or MSSW)


No experience

Licensure: One of the following issued by the state of Texas: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)' Provisional LMSW' Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.