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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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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.

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

    • Social Perceptiveness

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

    • 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
    • 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.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $43,540/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $20.93/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 5,190
    • Yearly Projected Openings 640
    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
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Personal computers
    • Notebook computers
    • Desktop computers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.