A class incumbent performs lead level professional social work in a psychiatric and/or institutional setting by overseeing and participating in assisting the developmental disabilities, mentally ill or emotionally disturbed to readjust and achieve a social, economic, emotional and physical balance and personal independence compatible with generally accepted norms.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Interviews patients, clients, family members and/or persons deemed necessary to obtain the most complete case history.
Refers or assigns cases to appropriate unit or staff for effective service delivery.
Oversees the operation of a psychiatric social work unit.
Provides technical guidance to professional and para-professional staff in a psychiatric setting, and monitors subordinates to assure quality level of services. Trains and orients new staff.
Maintains a caseload, providing therapeutic treatment to clients and families.
Provides consultation to staff to enable them to intervene in crisis situations or directly handles explosive situations.
Assists in analysis of operations, making recommendations with a view to improving division/department policy and procedures.
Participates in inter-disciplinary team conferences to formulate or evaluate a treatment plan.
Prepares narrative statistical and court reports, if necessary. May prepare application forms for benefits or services.
Provides consultative services to state and private agencies and may participate in community projects.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Psychiatric Social Worker III Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
Three years experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
Three years experience in providing clinical treatment, counseling or determining eligibility for services or benefits as part of a treatment team.
Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.