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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education. Counsel clients and patients, individually and in group sessions, to assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, and making changes.
 
Complete and maintain accurate records and reports regarding the patients' histories and progress, services provided, and other required information.
 
Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
 
Review and evaluate clients' progress in relation to measurable goals described in treatment and care plans.
 
Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate individuals' mental and physical condition, and to determine their suitability for participation in a specific program.
 
Intervene as advocate for clients or patients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
 
Provide clients or family members with information about addiction issues and about available services and programs, making appropriate referrals when necessary.
 
Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
 
Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals and other health professionals such as doctors, nurses, and social workers.
 
Attend training sessions to increase knowledge and skills.
 
Plan and implement follow-up and aftercare programs for clients to be discharged from treatment programs.
 
Conduct chemical dependency program orientation sessions.
 
Counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting clients or patients.
 
Participate in case conferences and staff meetings.
 
Act as liaisons between clients and medical staff.
 
Coordinate activities with courts, probation officers, community services and other post-treatment agencies.
 
Confer with family members or others close to clients to keep them informed of treatment planning and progress.
 
Instruct others in program methods, procedures, and functions.
 
Follow progress of discharged patients to determine effectiveness of treatments.
 
Develop, implement, and evaluate public education, prevention, and health promotion programs, working in collaboration with organizations, institutions and communities.
 
Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.
 
Assess individuals' degree of drug dependency by collecting and analyzing urine samples.
 
Train and supervise student interns and new staff members.
 
Counsel clients in individual and group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental and physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse.
 
Collaborate with counselors, physicians, and nurses to plan and coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
 
Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.
 
Refer patient, client, or family to community resources for housing or treatment to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness, following through to ensure service efficacy.
 
Counsel and aid family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
 
Modify treatment plans according to changes in client status.
 
Plan and conduct programs to prevent substance abuse, to combat social problems, or to improve health and counseling services in community.
 
Supervise and direct other workers who provide services to clients or patients.
 
Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development.
 
Interview clients, review records, conduct assessments, and confer with other professionals to evaluate the mental or physical condition of client or patient.
 
Educate clients and community members about mental and physical illness, abuse, medication, and available community resources.
 
Assist clients in adhering to treatment plans, such as setting up appointments, arranging for transportation to appointments, and providing support.
 
Increase social work knowledge by reviewing current literature, conducting social research, and attending seminars, training workshops, or classes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
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: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
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.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
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.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
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.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
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.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse 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 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.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
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.
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.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
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.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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).
 
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.
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.
 
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).
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
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).
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).
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Addiction Counselor
Addiction Specialist
Addiction Therapist
Addictions Counselor
Addictions Counselor
Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Counselor
Adolescent Substance Abuse Program Coordinator
Adult Mental Health Case Manager
Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Alcoholic Counselor
Alcoholism Worker
Assessment Specialist
Assessor/Case Manager
Behavior Therapist
Behavioral Analyst
Behavioral Specialist
Behavioral Therapist
Case Manager
Case Manager
Case Managers
Case Therapist
Certified Abuse and Drug Addiction Counselor
Certified Addictions Counselor
Certified Alcohol Counselor
Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC)
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADAC)
Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor
Certified Drug Counselor
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
Chemical Dependancy Counselor
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Chemical Dependency Counselor (CD Counselor)
Chemical Dependency Professional
Chemical Dependency Services Coordinator
Child and Family Therapist
Clinical Case Manager
Clinical Counselor
Clinical Director
Clinical Manager
Clinical Social Worker
Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Team Leader
Clinical Therapist
Clinician
Clinician
Community Mental Health Social Worker
Community Mental Health Worker
Community Support Worker
Counselor
Counselor
Criminal Justice Social Worker
Crisis Counselor
Crisis Intervention Counselor
Crisis Intervention Specialist
Crisis Worker
Direct Care Counselor
Direct Care Counselor
Domestic Violence Advocate
Domestic Violence Counselor
Drug Abuse Counselor
Drug Abuse Social Worker
Drug Abuse Technician
Drug Abuse Worker
Drug Aftercare Counselor
Drug Counselor
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist (DATS)
Drug or Alcohol Abuse Human Relations Counselor
Employee Assistance Program Counselor (EAP Counselor)
Family Advocate
Group Counselor
Group Home Counselor
Group Home Counselor
Hospital Social Worker
Intake Coordinator
Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Licensed Social Worker
Licensed Social Worker
Marriage and Family Social Worker
Mental Health Case Manager
Mental Health Clinician
Mental Health Counselor
Mental Health Practitioner
Mental Health Social Worker
Mental Health Specialist
Mental Health Therapist
Mental Health Therapist
Outpatient Therapist
Outreach Worker
Prevention Specialist
Primary Substance Abuse Counselor
Probation Agent
Probation Officer
Psychiatric Social Worker
Psychiatric Social Worker
Psychosocial Rehabilitation Advisor
Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist Social Worker
Quitline Counselor
Residential Case Manager
Residential Substance Abuse Counselor
School Social Worker
Service Coordinator
Social Work Supervisor
Social Worker
Social Worker
Student Assistance Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor (SA Counselor)
Substance Abuse Services Director
Substance Abuse Specialist
Substance Abuse Technician
Therapist
Therapist
Treatment Coordinator
Treatment Counselor
Youth Counselor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Social Services
Benchmark Title: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
 
 
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