State of Connecticut Executive Branch

Social Worker Trainee - Social And Human Services (7746SH)

$28.99-$36.47 Hourly / $2,319.16-$2,917.21 BiWeekly /
$60,530.00-$76,139.00 Yearly


PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In a state agency or institution this class is accountable for receiving intensive training in the provision of social case work services to individuals and families.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Works under the close supervision of a Social Worker or Social Work Supervisor; works more independently with acquired experience.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Receives training in agency social work procedures, personnel policies, program guidelines and legal reporting requirements;
  • Receives training in and is given progressively complex assignments involving utilization of interviewing techniques required to assess client needs, elicit information and establish community referral sources;
  • Provides basic counseling services to a limited number of clients enrolled in departmental programs, inmates or patients in residence or families of clients receiving services;
  • Prepares initial treatment plans, psychosocial evaluation, case histories and other case records as components of a small assigned caseload;
  • Refers clients, patients and family members for community or social services, medical or psychological services or housing, financial and employment assistance;
  • Motivates clients to increase ability to understand and cope with problems, frustration and anxiety;
  • Performs a greater number of specific and complex social work duties and maintains a larger caseload as skills are acquired during training program;
  • Performs related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • Knowledge of
    • reciprocal relationship between individuals and their social, economic and cultural environment;
    • human social behavior;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • relate to different cultural and economic backgrounds;
    • organize time, set priorities and manage workload.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

A Bachelor's or Master's degree in social work or a closely related field.

NOTE: Closely related fields are: applied sociology, child development, child welfare, clinical psychology, counseling, human development and family studies, human service, marriage and family therapy, nursing, social and/or human services, education and criminal justice.

PROMOTION

  • DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES AND DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: The training period may be one or two years depending on the Experience and Training requirements of the target class.
  • DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: The training period shall be two years. Upon successful completion the incumbent shall be promoted to the target class of Social Worker.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Candidates cannot be appointed until all degree requirements are completed.
  • DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES: Incumbents in this class are required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES: Incumbents in this class must be able to communicate fluently in American Sign Language.
  • OTHER AGENCIES: Incumbents may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to speak a foreign language.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.

APPOINTMENT

Appointment to the positions in this class shall be for a period not to exceed six months past the required period of training for the target class unless there is a change in the employing agency or in the designated target class.

SALARY

  • DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES AND¬†DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES:
    • First Year of Training - SH 18 Step 1
    • Second Year of Training - SH 18 Step 4
  • DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES:
    • Entry into classification through completion of four (4) months - SH 18 Step 1
    • Completion of four (4) months through the completion of one (1) year - SH 18 Step 4
    • Completion of one (1) year through the completion of a second year - SH 21 Step 1

NOTE: For current state employees compensation will be in accordance with guidelines for computing salary adjustments set forth by the Department of Administrative Services, Determining Salary Upon Change in Class.

JOB CLASS DESIGNATION

Classified/Non-Competitive

OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

(33)-Social Services

BARGAINING UNIT

(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)

EEO

(2)-Professional

SALARY INFORMATION

SH 18

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

CANCELLATION CLAUSE

This replaces the existing specification for the class of Social Worker Trainee - Social and Human Services in Salary Group SH 18 approved effective February 15, 2024. (Revised to modify Promotion, Special Requirement and Salary section) Item No. 24-079

EFFECTIVE DATE

06/20/2024

CLASS: 7746SH; EST: 4/1/1952; REV: 6/20/2024;