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Healthcare Social Workers

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family caregivers. Provide patients with information and counseling, and make referrals for other services. May also provide case and care management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Advocate for clients or patients to resolve crises.
    • Educate clients about end-of-life symptoms and options to assist them in making informed decisions.
    • Collaborate with other professionals to evaluate patients' medical or physical condition and to assess client needs.
    • Investigate child abuse or neglect cases and take authorized protective action when necessary.
    • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness and to provide access to services such as financial assistance, legal aid, housing, job placement or education.
    • Utilize consultation data and social work experience to plan and coordinate client or patient care and rehabilitation, following through to ensure service efficacy.
    • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress according to measurable goals described in treatment and care plan.
    • Identify environmental impediments to client or patient progress through interviews and review of patient records.
    • Counsel clients and patients in individual and group sessions to help them overcome dependencies, recover from illness, and adjust to life.
    • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in clients' status.
    • Organize support groups or counsel family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, and supporting the client or patient.
    • Supervise and direct other workers providing services to clients or patients.
    • Oversee Medicaid- and Medicare-related paperwork and recordkeeping in hospitals.
    • Plan and conduct programs to combat social problems, prevent substance abuse, or improve community health and counseling services.
    • Develop or advise on social policy and assist in community development.
    • Conduct social research to advance knowledge in the social work field.

    Skills

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 57360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 27.58/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 7,370
    • Yearly Projected Openings 890

    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
    • Dependability
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers

    Technology

    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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