Bariatric Counselor LSCW

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Unit Description

Care Site Description
Lutheran Medical Center is part of SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit health care organization.
Interested in making a difference? Then check us out. Our rich heritage and mission, and focus on health care delivery that values person-centered care, excellence and accountability are a winning combination as we bring health – and hope – to our patients.
Fast Facts
  • Wheat Ridge, CO (estab. 1905)
  • Community-based, acute care hospital, Level III Trauma Center
    • 2,100 associates, 900 physicians, 600 volunteers
    • 338 beds

Services & Expertise

  • 5-Star Birthing Center
  • Breast Care Center (NAPBC accredited)
  • Bridges Integrative Health & Wellness
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Heart & Neurovascular
  • Orthopedics
  • Primary Stroke Center
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Senior ER, Behavioral Health & Surgery
  • Sleep Center
  • Spine Center
  • Women & Family Center

Kudos: Lutheran is recognized for quality, safety & patient experience by Truven, the Joint Commission & more!



Provides pre-operative psychological assessments for potential bariatric surgery candidates and determines the appropriateness of surgery from a mental health perspective.

Communicates appropriateness of surgery to the clinical multi-disciplinary team

2. Provides patients with pre-surgical mental health treatment plan.

3. Counsels and educates the patient, family and support system on lifestyle changes and goal setting pre and post-operatively.

4. Lead evening post-operative support groups. Completes all assessments in a timely manner into the patient�s medical record.

5. Consults with the bariatric surgeon to coordinate care plans for the patient. Provides and coordinates comprehensive mental health care.

6. Collaborate with the healthcare team to meet patient care outcome goals and program improvement. Provide education to staff and community as needed

7. Attends and participates in department meetings and participates in multidisciplinary groups as needed or requested.

8. Promotes mission, vision and values of SCL Health, and abides by service behavior standards.

9. Performs other duties as assigned.

10. May be required to float to other departments (within scope of competency and qualifications) based on business need.

11. May be required to be placed on-call during a regularly scheduled shift.


    Education: Master's Degree in Social Work or related field required.

    Certifications: Social Worker (LCSW)

    Experience: Minimum two years of experience in providing individual and/or group therapy required. Preferred experience in bariatrics and/or eating disorders.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Excellent interviewing skills, organizational skills and verbal and written communication skills.

    Experience with psychological assessments and evaluation.

    Demonstrates clinical and ethical professionalism.

    Organization: Lutheran Medical Center, Wheat Ridge, CO
    Primary Location: CO-Denver/Boulder/Surrounding Areas-Wheat Ridge
    Department: LMC-Bariatric
    Schedule: Per Diem/PRN
    Shift: Day Shift
    Job Posting: 6/2/2017 10:58:21 PM
    FTE: .001
    Job Number: 17003824
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