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Social Worker Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Counsels and provides guidance to individuals and/or families with various social, medical, and/or psychiatric problems.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification and not part of a series.

Examples of Duties:

  • Interviews client to determine nature and degree of problem, disability or illness and interprets data for other social or health treatment agencies.
  • Assists family members in understanding the clients' needs and aids client and family in working out realistic functional goals for client.
  • Assists client and parents with problems concerning relationships or other aspects of social functioning effected by disability.
  • Helps client and family members through individual or group conferences to understand, accept, and follow medical recommendations.
  • Develops and writes informational material for educational purposes; conducts workshops and educational sessions.
  • Provides psychiatric social work assistance to mentally or emotionally disturbed patients, collaborating with psychiatric team in diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Plans discharge of clients.
  • Assists in training university students on field placement as a phase of their professional social work curriculum and conducts in-service training for mental health personnel.
  • Coordinates referral and evaluation of client to interdisciplinary diagnostic teams; serves as case manager for referred client.
  • Conducts psychosocial screening activities determining required specialized psychiatric assistance.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and professional standards in the field of social work.
  • Knowledge of community organizations and social service programs.
  • Skill in communicating effectively with a variety of people of various socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Education or related field; OR, Bachelor's degree in a behavioral science or related field AND two years' experience working in a social service field or related capacity; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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