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Social Worker


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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
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...
06.26.2019
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
06.18.2019
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...
06.05.2019
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...
05.28.2019
The Social Worker provides support and counseling to patients and families in dealing with the impact of illness, disability and episodes of care during hospitalization. Assists the health team in understanding the significance of social,...
06.26.2019
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...
06.12.2019
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,...
05.09.2019
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,...
05.17.2019
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,...
05.13.2019
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,...
06.14.2019
Position supports medical surgical units. 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...
08.13.2018
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
06.26.2019
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...
05.10.2019
Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position. This...
06.17.2019
The Masters Social Worker for Adult Partial / IOP reports to the Program Coordinator. To provide individual, group and family psychotherapeutic treatment to patients and their families. Provide a wide variety of direct social worker services in...
  1. 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...
  2. 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
  3. 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...
  4. Social Worker, Full Time 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...
  5. Social Worker Maple Grove, MN Maple Grove Hospital
    The Social Worker provides support and counseling to patients and families in dealing with the impact of illness, disability and episodes of care during hospitalization. Assists the health team in understanding the significance of social,...
  6. 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...
  7. Social Worker - MSW (NE) Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic's Campus in Florida
    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,...
  8. 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,...
  9. Social Worker - MSW - Float 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,...
  10. Social Worker - Inpatient Medical 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,...
  11. SOCIAL WORKER - MSW - Mankato Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    Position supports medical surgical units. 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...
  12. SOCIAL WORKER (BARIATRICS)-MASTERS Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position....
  13. 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...
  14. SOCIAL WORKER HOSPICE Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    Attention current TriHealth employees: Please apply for this position by submitting an online internal application via SuccessFactors. Please be certain to update your SuccessFactors Employee Profile prior to applying to this position. This...
  15. Master's Social Worker - PRN Charleston, SC Medical University of South Carolina
    The Masters Social Worker for Adult Partial / IOP reports to the Program Coordinator. To provide individual, group and family psychotherapeutic treatment to patients and their families. Provide a wide variety of direct social worker services in...