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Job Description

 

Social workers are skilled professionals who work with people to help them function at the best of their abilities within the scope of challenges they face in their personal situation or living environment.

Social workers assist individuals, communities and groups to enhance or restore their functional capacity for social interaction.

The approach to care is focused on problem-solving and promoting positive social change.

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Responsibilities

 

Professional social workers respond to and prevent crisis situations. They counsel individuals, families, and communities on ways to cope with the stresses of everyday living.

Social workers are frequently found working with people in low socio-economic demographics, including those in severe poverty, the unemployed, or those facing discrimination or inadequate housing.

They also help those with serious illnesses, disabilities or issues with substance abuse. Social Workers also deal with domestic abuse situations and be called in on incidents involving spousal abuse or child abuse and neglect. The social worker must work with families suffering serious domestic conflicts.

The various types of Social Workers are generally divided into the following groups:

  • Social workers who specialize in child, family and school care

  • Medical and Public Health Social Workers

  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)

Social Workers will usually specialize in one or more of over 40 varied areas of practice. Some of the popular specialization areas are:

  • Disaster relief

  • Child welfare services

  • Homeless family assistance

  • Gerontology services

Their responsibilities will often overlap with other professionals in the mental health field. LCSWs are specially trained in managing mental illness but the scope of their practice is narrower than for other mental health professionals, such as psychiatrists, psychologists or psychiatric nurses.

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Skills

 

An effective social worker must employ many cognitive, professional, and emotional skills since they work with many destitute, underprivileged, and poverty-stricken people.

They have to continuously be able to read situations, solve issues, and meet people on an emotional, yet professional level.

A social worker must: 

  • Have a deep understanding of human development and behavior

  • Practice empathy

  • Active listening

  • Show reason and tolerance

  • Have good analytic and communication skills

  • Pay close attention to detail

They must have an appreciation of the gravity that various social, economic and cultural factors can have on a patient’s life, and an understanding of how these factors interact.

A social worker must also have a ton of inner strength. It takes a lot out of a person to see horrible situations day-in and day-out and be able to keep returning to it--and taking it upon yourself to help solve the issues.

One must be able to separate personal life from professional life and not get caught in the depression and hardships your clients face. A good social worker has to separate themselves from the situation so they can better analyze and attack the problems.  

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Working Conditions

 

A Social worker employed on a full-time basis usually works a standard 40-hour week. Some are required to work evenings and weekends to meet with clients when it is convenient.

They may be required to attend community meetings or handle emergencies as they arise. Other social workers work on a part-time basis, especially if they work with a nonprofit agency.

Social workers will usually spend time in a residential facility or in an office setting but may also travel in their local area to visit clients at their homes, meet with various service providers, or to attend meetings and workshops.

Many hospitals and long-term care facilities employ Social Workers as part of their healthcare teams. This places the social worker in a collaborative role with other professionals, such as clinical specialists, registered nurses and health aides.

The work can be satisfying but it can also be emotionally taxing. Many places under staff, which results in large caseloads and adds to the pressure that social workers already experience. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
08.23.2019
Position Summary: The Social Worker provides psychosocial assessment and supportive counseling to patients and families to facilitate clinical improvement and discharge. Services provided include: psychosocial assessment; supportive...
08.23.2019
BSW For field placement supervision, MSW is required Well developed interpersonal and communication skills Ability to cope with stressful situations and adjust effectively to change Demonstrates acceptable counseling skills...
08.23.2019
Professional/Technical HMC- Gallipolis HMC Psych Part Time, Day Shift, 8-430 Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 Position Summary: Employee works under the supervision of the Director of Care Management. Social...
08.23.2019
Professional/Technical HMC- Gallipolis HHS Care Management Per Diem, Varied Shifts, 8 Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 Position Summary: Employee works under the supervision of the Director of Care Management....
01.25.2019
Under general supervision and following prescribed policies and procedures of the health systems, interviews patients to obtain psycho social information and assists patients in resolving difficulties which interfere with obtaining maximum...
08.23.2019
Wilson Health is looking for a direct hire Social Worker for our location in Sidney, Ohio (North Dayton, Ohio) area. Employment Status: Casual Hours: Varied Shift: 1st: 7:30AM 4PM Position Reports to: Supervisor of Case Management
07.31.2019
Provides psychosocial assessments, plans and implements various counseling, conducts and coordinates discharge planning for complex cases and participates in multidisciplinary team process. Victims of domestic violence, child and adult neglect...
08.23.2019
Social Worker-7455-6821 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Serves as a member of a unit based Case Management Team. Assists Case Managers in development of discharge plans for patients with special emphasis on Nursing Home, Adult home and...
08.23.2019
Social Worker-7455-6827 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Serves as a member of a unit based Case Management Team. Assists Case Managers in development of discharge plans for patients with special emphasis on Nursing Home, Adult home and...
08.23.2019
The social worker is responsible for assisting in meeting the patients needs throughout the continuum of care. The Social Worker guides patients, families, physicians and the interdisciplinary team to the appropriate community and adjunct...
08.23.2019
VCU Health System's Social Work is seeking a full time Clinical Social Worker to support the NICU. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to patients and families and assist in the...
08.22.2019
Under the supervision of a social worker who meets state required standards, provides psychotherapy, counseling, and other services in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. The social worker may also coordinate patient discharge planning,...
08.14.2019
The Social Worker (MSW) reports to the Manager of Case Management. Under indirect supervision, the Social Worker (MSW) assists with coordination of the discharge process to ensure a successful transition in collaboration with the health care team...
08.23.2019
A Medical Social Worker (MSW) provides social work services to patients on an intermittent basis in their place of residence. This is performed in accordance with physician orders and plan of care under the direction and supervision of the...
08.23.2019
The Hospital Licensed or Clinical Social Worker is a member of the Quality Management team and collaborates with all of members of the interdisciplinary team (patient, family, physician, RN Case Managers, nurses, therapist, etc) in case...
  1. Social Worker Springfield, IL Memorial Health System
    Position Summary: The Social Worker provides psychosocial assessment and supportive counseling to patients and families to facilitate clinical improvement and discharge. Services provided include: psychosocial assessment; supportive...
  2. Social Worker Mobile, AL Infirmary Health
    BSW For field placement supervision, MSW is required Well developed interpersonal and communication skills Ability to cope with stressful situations and adjust effectively to change Demonstrates acceptable counseling skills...
  3. Social Worker Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    Professional/Technical HMC- Gallipolis HMC Psych Part Time, Day Shift, 8-430 Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 Position Summary: Employee works under the supervision of the Director of Care Management. Social...
  4. Social Worker Gallipolis, OH Holzer
    Professional/Technical HMC- Gallipolis HHS Care Management Per Diem, Varied Shifts, 8 Salary: Please Contact HR for further information; 740.446.5105 Position Summary: Employee works under the supervision of the Director of Care Management....
  5. Social Worker Newark, OH Licking Memorial Health Systems
    Under general supervision and following prescribed policies and procedures of the health systems, interviews patients to obtain psycho social information and assists patients in resolving difficulties which interfere with obtaining maximum...
  6. Social Worker Sidney, OH Wilson Health
    Wilson Health is looking for a direct hire Social Worker for our location in Sidney, Ohio (North Dayton, Ohio) area. Employment Status: Casual Hours: Varied Shift: 1st: 7:30AM 4PM Position Reports to: Supervisor of Case Management
  7. Social Worker - Case Management Gastonia, NC CaroMont Health
    Provides psychosocial assessments, plans and implements various counseling, conducts and coordinates discharge planning for complex cases and participates in multidisciplinary team process. Victims of domestic violence, child and adult neglect...
  8. Social Worker Danville, VA Danville Regional Medical Center
    Social Worker-7455-6821 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Serves as a member of a unit based Case Management Team. Assists Case Managers in development of discharge plans for patients with special emphasis on Nursing Home, Adult home and...
  9. Social Worker Danville, VA Danville Regional Medical Center
    Social Worker-7455-6827 SOVAH Health - Danville Description Serves as a member of a unit based Case Management Team. Assists Case Managers in development of discharge plans for patients with special emphasis on Nursing Home, Adult home and...
  10. Social Worker I Abilene, TX Hendrick Health System
    The social worker is responsible for assisting in meeting the patients needs throughout the continuum of care. The Social Worker guides patients, families, physicians and the interdisciplinary team to the appropriate community and adjunct...
  11. Clin Social Worker Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Social Work is seeking a full time Clinical Social Worker to support the NICU. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to patients and families and assist in the...
  12. SOCIAL WORKER-MSW La Crosse, WI Mayo Clinic's Campus in Wisconsin
    Under the supervision of a social worker who meets state required standards, provides psychotherapy, counseling, and other services in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. The social worker may also coordinate patient discharge planning,...
  13. Social Worker (MSW) Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    The Social Worker (MSW) reports to the Manager of Case Management. Under indirect supervision, the Social Worker (MSW) assists with coordination of the discharge process to ensure a successful transition in collaboration with the health care team...
  14. Medical Social Worker (MSW) Norwalk, OH Fisher-Titus Medical Center
    A Medical Social Worker (MSW) provides social work services to patients on an intermittent basis in their place of residence. This is performed in accordance with physician orders and plan of care under the direction and supervision of the...
  15. Licensed Social Worker / LSW Portland, ME MaineHealth
    The Hospital Licensed or Clinical Social Worker is a member of the Quality Management team and collaborates with all of members of the interdisciplinary team (patient, family, physician, RN Case Managers, nurses, therapist, etc) in case...