Mental Health Social Worker

Allie Lorek

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 effective 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.

Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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

Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Values

Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.

Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Interests

Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.

Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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.

Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.

Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions

Tasks


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

Reflection

Mental health and substance abuse social workers require good relationship skills, active listening skills, and complex problem solving. Mental health and substance abuse social workers work with clients to assist them with dealing with substance abuse, mental, or physical illnesses. They monitor records of their progress to help with a treatment plan. They require good relationship skills to be able to get along and help their clients through their illness. They require active listening skills to make sure they can identify any change in treatment or side effects. Complex problem solving skills are needed to thoroughly think through the issues that they are being approached with and find the best possible solution for the issue. Typically the education required would be a master's degree, but there are some that only have their Bachelor's degree. The salary they'd receive would be around $19.70 hourly and $40,970 annually. This job field is expected to grow much faster than average, at about 22% or higher.