CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Medical and Public Health Social Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare. Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
 
Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary.
 
Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education.
 
Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
 
Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
 
Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
 
Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
 
Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy.
 
Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.
 
Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan.
 
Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.
 
Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development.
 
Oversee Medicaid- and Medicare-related paperwork and recordkeeping in hospitals.
 
Conduct social research to advance knowledge in the social work field.
 
Plan and conduct programs to combat social problems, prevent substance abuse, or improve community health and counseling services.
 
Plan discharge from care facility to home or other care facility.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
AIDS Social Worker
Bereavement Counselor
Case Managers
Certified Social Workers In Health Care
Clinical Social Worker
Community Advocate
Director of Social Services
Director of Social Work
Disability Advocate
Disability Coordinator
Disability Specialist
Discharge Planner
Domestic Violence Advocate
Elder Counselor
Family Advocate
Family Support Specialist
Family Support Worker
Geriatric Care Manager
Geriatric Social Worker
Group Social Worker
Health Care Social Worker
Healthcare Social Worker
Home Based Primary Care Social Worker
Home Health Care Social Worker
Hospice Home Care Social Worker
Hospice Social Worker
Hospital Social Worker
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Social Worker
Long Term Care Social Worker
Medicaid Specialist
Medical Case Manager
Medical Case Worker
Medical Social Consultant
Medical Social Worker
Neonatal Social Worker
Nephrology Social Worker
Nursing Home Social Worker
Older Adult Social Work Specialist
Oncology Social Work
Oncology Social Worker
Outreach Coordinator
Outreach Specialist
Outreach and Education Social Worker
Patient Resource Coordinator
Pediatric Social Worker
Perinatal Social Worker
Psychiatric Social Worker
Psychosocial Coordinator
Public Health Social Worker
Public Welfare Worker
Referral Coordinator
Renal Social Worker
Social Work Case Manager
Social Worker
Transition Specialist
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Medical and Public Health Social Workers
 
 
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