Under direction, plans, implements, and evaluates a social service program in a mental health or acute general hospital setting; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.
An employee in this class is responsible for a specific comprehensive social services program in the Health Care Services Department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of professional, para-professional and other personnel. Work is performed with considerable independence of action; however, guidance, consultation and direction is received from medical and administration superiors.
Plans and develops a social service program for patients having acute, mental, physical or emotional problems.
Conducts and participates in staff meetings to insure effective coordination of work; hires, trains and evaluates staff.
Supervises subordinate professional and para-professional personnel in the performance of social casework, and in recording case histories and related matters; assigns cases and assists subordinates with difficult cases.
Consults with and informs medical personnel and other staff members of matters relating to social and environment problems of patients and their families.
Participates in planning and conducting training programs in the teaching of social diagnosis and treatment methods and coordinating the social work program with related community social services and treatment facilities.
Supervises and participates in interdisciplinary diagnostic and dispositional conferences to determine the nature of illness and recommend treatment plans; performs clinical assessments; makes pre-release studies of cases and makes recommendations accordingly.
Prepares and maintains records, reports and correspondence; may requisition supplies.
Determines, interprets and implements policies and procedures; monitors program effectiveness.
Represents Mental Health Services at conferences and addresses groups; may represent the Department of Health Care Services on matters relating to the service aspects of mental health programs.
Serves in an advocacy capacity for the civil and service rights of clients and family members.
Education:Master’s Degree from an accredited school of social work.
Experience:Three years of progressively responsible post MSW social casework experience in a clinical or treatment setting.
License:Possession of a valid California driver’s license.
Special Requirement:Must meet licensing requirements for Clinical Social Worker set by Section 1277 of the California Health and Safety Code.
Principles, practices, and techniques of psychiatric social casework; accepted social work placement methods and practices; social aspects of physical and mental illnesses and of modern methods of treatment.
Plan, assign, and direct the work of subordinate social workers and related personnel; develop and maintain cooperative relationships with patients and their families; analyze base information and reach sound decisions on the basis of such information; interpret the casework program to other personnel, other social service agencies, and the community; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.