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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
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
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
12.13.2019
Help residents achieve and maintain optimum social, mental, spiritual and emotional well being. Serve as a resource for residents and their families. Plan admissions and assist with arranging for discharges for skilled residents. Required...
09.13.2019
389 Serpentine Dr., Spartanburg, SC, 29303 Hospice Post Acute Services Full-Time 8:30a-4:30p Under general supervision, the counselor demonstrates thorough knowledge of therapeutic patient care, patient advocacy, team dynamics, hospital...
10.10.2019
The Social Worker II (MSW) reports to the Manager of Case Management and Care Transitions. Under guidance of Lead Social Worker, the Social Worker II (MSW) assists with coordination of the discharge process to ensure a successful transition in...
12.06.2019
The Social Worker (MSW) I reports to the Manager of Case Management and Care Transitions. Under guidance of Lead Social Worker, the Social Worker I (MSW) assists with coordination of the discharge process to ensure a successful transition in...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System's Social Work dept. is seeking a part time Clinical Social Worker. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to patients and families and assist in the coordination of team...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System's Int Med - Gen Int Med Sickle Cell program is seeking a full time Clinical Social Worker. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to patients and families and assist in...
12.13.2019
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...
12.13.2019
Social Work Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Part-time M-F; occasional weekend, Days/Evenings & Weekends Req # 68211 Part-Time Opportunity forSocial Worker or Clinical Social Worker PositionSummary...
12.13.2019
VCU Health System-Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR), Brook Road Campus, Feeding Program is seeking a full time Clinical Social Worker. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to...
11.22.2019
Responsibilities Provides direct social work services, including assessment, intervention, and recommendations to individual patients and their families. Participates in interdisciplinary activities, complies with departmental standards...
07.15.2019
Provision of social work services primarily to inpatient, observation and emergency department patients. Social work services include psychosocial and needs assessments, crisis intervention, financial counseling, discharge planning, and the...
  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 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
  5. Social Worker Portland, ME MaineHealth
    Help residents achieve and maintain optimum social, mental, spiritual and emotional well being. Serve as a resource for residents and their families. Plan admissions and assist with arranging for discharges for skilled residents. Required...
  6. Social Worker Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    389 Serpentine Dr., Spartanburg, SC, 29303 Hospice Post Acute Services Full-Time 8:30a-4:30p Under general supervision, the counselor demonstrates thorough knowledge of therapeutic patient care, patient advocacy, team dynamics, hospital...
  7. Social Worker (MSW) II Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    The Social Worker II (MSW) reports to the Manager of Case Management and Care Transitions. Under guidance of Lead Social Worker, the Social Worker II (MSW) assists with coordination of the discharge process to ensure a successful transition in...
  8. Social Worker (MSW) I Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    The Social Worker (MSW) I reports to the Manager of Case Management and Care Transitions. Under guidance of Lead Social Worker, the Social Worker I (MSW) assists with coordination of the discharge process to ensure a successful transition in...
  9. Clin Social Worker 1 Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Social Work dept. is seeking a part time Clinical Social Worker. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to patients and families and assist in the coordination of team...
  10. Clin Social Worker 1 Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System's Int Med - Gen Int Med Sickle Cell program is seeking a full time Clinical Social Worker. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to patients and families and assist in...
  11. 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...
  12. Clinical Social Worker Flemington, NJ Hunterdon Healthcare
    Social Work Hunterdon Healthcare System, 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington, NJ Part-time M-F; occasional weekend, Days/Evenings & Weekends Req # 68211 Part-Time Opportunity forSocial Worker or Clinical Social Worker PositionSummary...
  13. Clin Social Worker 2 Richmond, VA VCU Health System
    VCU Health System-Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR), Brook Road Campus, Feeding Program is seeking a full time Clinical Social Worker. The purpose of the Clinical Social Worker (MSW) position is to provide both direct patient care to...
  14. ILDA Social Worker Los Angeles, CA UCLA Health
    Responsibilities Provides direct social work services, including assessment, intervention, and recommendations to individual patients and their families. Participates in interdisciplinary activities, complies with departmental standards...
  15. Social Worker Newark, OH Licking Memorial Health Systems
    Provision of social work services primarily to inpatient, observation and emergency department patients. Social work services include psychosocial and needs assessments, crisis intervention, financial counseling, discharge planning, and the...