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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

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06.20.2018
The position of the medical social worker incorporates clinical social work within the case management system. The social worker has three main purposes. First, to be the patient advocate that is acting as liaison between patient and medical...
03.29.2018
The position of the medical social worker incorporates clinical social work within the case management system. The social worker has three main purposes. First, to be the patient advocate that is acting as liaison between patient and medical...
07.16.2018
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...
07.16.2018
***This position is casual status and will support all inpatient units at the St. Cloud Hospital and will work every 12th weekend*** As an integral part of the St. Cloud Hospital (SCH) Case Management System, the Social Worker facilitates...
07.16.2018
***This float position will support all inpatient units at St. Cloud Hospital and will work about every 12th weekend per year*** As an integral part of the St. Cloud Hospital (SCH) Case Management System, the Social Worker facilitates...
07.16.2018
JOB SUMMARY: As an integral part of the CentraCare Health- Long Prairie, the Social Worker facilitates achievement of expected patient outcomes through a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and...
07.16.2018
The Masters Social Worker provides patient care management across the continuum of care and follow-up after discharge for a designated group of patients. The Masters Social Worker is responsible for ongoing assessment of patient needs and...
07.16.2018
Assists physician and health care team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the health problems, participate in the development of the plan of treatment, prepares clinical and progress notes, works with...
05.11.2018
Provides direct social work services to patients, extending services to family members in need of identified social worker services, providing them with psychosocial and environmental support. Makes available a full range of treatment...
06.29.2018
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...
01.26.2018
The Medical Social Worker is responsible for providing comprehensive social work services which assist patients, clients and their families to find practical ways of overcoming social, emotional and environmental barriers to optimum functioning...
07.09.2018
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,...
07.16.2018
JOB SUMMARY: Interviews patients, residents, and relatives to obtain social history relevant to medical problems and planning. Helps patient/resident with environmental difficulties, which interfere with obtaining maximum health benefits from...
11.30.2017
Responsible for the oversight of all clinical treatment programs of patients receiving treatment on the inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit. The Social Worker assures that high quality clinical care is provided and that clinical functions are...
03.13.2018
Responsible for the oversight of all clinical treatment programs of patients receiving treatment on the inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit. The Social Worker assures that high quality clinical care is provided and that clinical functions are...
  1. Social Worker Tulsa, OK Hillcrest Medical Center
    The position of the medical social worker incorporates clinical social work within the case management system. The social worker has three main purposes. First, to be the patient advocate that is acting as liaison between patient and medical...
  2. Social Worker Tulsa, OK Hillcrest Medical Center
    The position of the medical social worker incorporates clinical social work within the case management system. The social worker has three main purposes. First, to be the patient advocate that is acting as liaison between patient and medical...
  3. Social Worker Mobile, AL Infirmary Health
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  4. SOCIAL WORKER St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    ***This position is casual status and will support all inpatient units at the St. Cloud Hospital and will work every 12th weekend*** As an integral part of the St. Cloud Hospital (SCH) Case Management System, the Social Worker facilitates...
  5. SOCIAL WORKER St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    ***This float position will support all inpatient units at St. Cloud Hospital and will work about every 12th weekend per year*** As an integral part of the St. Cloud Hospital (SCH) Case Management System, the Social Worker facilitates...
  6. SOCIAL WORKER St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    JOB SUMMARY: As an integral part of the CentraCare Health- Long Prairie, the Social Worker facilitates achievement of expected patient outcomes through a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation and advocacy for options and...
  7. Medical Social Worker Tulsa, OK Oklahoma State University Medical Center
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  8. Social Worker - BSW/MSW Anderson, SC AnMed Health
    Assists physician and health care team members in understanding the significant social and emotional factors related to the health problems, participate in the development of the plan of treatment, prepares clinical and progress notes, works with...
  9. Social Worker St. Louis Park, MN Park Nicollet Health Services
    Provides direct social work services to patients, extending services to family members in need of identified social worker services, providing them with psychosocial and environmental support. Makes available a full range of treatment...
  10. 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...
  11. Medical Social Worker Indianapolis, IN Eskenazi Health
    The Medical Social Worker is responsible for providing comprehensive social work services which assist patients, clients and their families to find practical ways of overcoming social, emotional and environmental barriers to optimum functioning...
  12. Social Worker MSW Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    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 St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
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  14. Licensed Social Worker Thomaston, GA Upson Regional Medical Center
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  15. Licensed Social Worker Thomaston, GA Upson Regional Medical Center
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