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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Counsel clients in individual or group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse.
    • Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
    • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.
    • Interview clients, review records, conduct assessments, or confer with other professionals to evaluate the mental or physical condition of clients or patients.
    • Supervise or direct other workers who provide services to clients or patients.
    • Modify treatment plans according to changes in client status.
    • Assist clients in adhering to treatment plans, such as setting up appointments, arranging for transportation to appointments, or providing support.
    • Educate clients or community members about mental or physical illness, abuse, medication, or available community resources.
    • Counsel or aid family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, or supporting the client or patient.
    • Increase social work knowledge by reviewing current literature, conducting social research, or attending seminars, training workshops, or classes.
    • 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.
    • Plan or conduct programs to prevent substance abuse, combat social problems, or improve health or counseling services in community.
    • Develop or advise on social policy or assist in community development.

    Skills

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 44380/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 21.34/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 6,230
    • Yearly Projected Openings 740

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

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    Tags

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.

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