PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Departments of Developmental Services and Veterans Affairs this class is accountable for providing professional social work services required by clients to promote and sustain social functioning.
Works under the general supervision of an Assistant Director of Social Services, Director of Social Services, Supervising Medical Social Work Consultant or other employee of higher class.
Does not exercise direct or full supervisory authority; however, incumbents may function as a lead Social Worker with entry level professional, paraprofessional or clerical staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts in depth interviews with clients, their families, medical and psychiatric professionals and other resource individuals in order to obtain complete client histories; determines and assesses individual client needs and develops treatment plans to address them; contracts with outside agencies to assist in treatment of complex client problems (financial, legal, medical, psychiatric, etc.); assesses client functioning level to determine suitability of community residential and or employment placement; makes placements when appropriate and provides case management services for clients; conducts individual, group and family counseling and therapy sessions; provides crisis intervention services to clients in emergency situations; provides training and consultation to colleagues, staff, families and community organizations on issues of special relevance to the handicapped or mentally retarded; serves as client advocate or agency representative in legal proceedings; may function as team leader, social representative and/or Qualified Mental Retardation Professional on interdisciplinary team; may assist in development of institutional policies and programs; may recruit, evaluate and license private community training homes; may participate in development and implementation of individual education or program plans for clients; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of social, psychological, economic and medical factors that influence behavior of individuals; considerable knowledge of group dynamics; considerable knowledge of casework and group work methods; knowledge of community resources available to individuals and families; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to plan service programs that meet established client needs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience providing casework or group work services to an assigned caseload of individuals or families.
Note: Qualifying experience at this level will include the use of professional interviewing techniques; practiced skill facilitating and guiding group sessions to meet therapeutic objectives; assessment of client needs and functioning level achieved through continuing casework contacts and evaluation of social work interns.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in counseling, psychology, special education or vocational rehabilitation may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
3. A Master's degree in social work may be substituted for the entire General Experience.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to be fluent in a foreign language for designated positions within the classification.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(11)-HEALTH PROF (P-1)
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Social Worker-Health Care Professional in Salary Group HC 24 approved effective July 4, 2008. (Revise to expand agency usage)