An incumbent in this class performs full performance level professional social work in a psychiatric and/or institutional setting, assisting the developmentally disabled, mentally ill or emotionally disturbed to adjust or readjust and achieve a social, economic, emotional and physical balance and personal independence compatible with generally accepted norms.
Nature and Scope
A class incumbent performs the full range and scope of psychiatric social work under general supervision from a technical or administrative supervisor. Work is characterized by a complex case load requiring independent action. A significant aspect of the work involves providing client and family assessment and/or individual, group and family counseling and crisis intervention to enable emotionally disturbed individuals to achieve satisfactory social, emotional and behavioral adjustment. Incumbents may participate as a member of a treatment team or provide clinical guidance to other case workers or youth care workers in the formulation and implementation of treatment plans. Incumbent also interacts with other State and private community service organizations, schools, courts and police.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Interviews patients, clients, family members and/or any other persons deemed necessary to obtain the most complete case history possible.
Provides information and counseling to client's family to enable them to cope with client's problems and promote positive interactions among family members.
Provides therapeutic treatment to clients, as well as referral services, contacting appropriate social agencies.
Prepares narrative, statistical reports and court reports if necessary. May prepare forms of application for services or benefit.
Assists in evaluation; assessment and diagnosis of client/patient needs in order to effect the most beneficial placement in foster care, day care, nursing home, drug/alcohol rehabilitation or other special care facility to accommodate the physical and emotional well-being of the individual.
Prepares necessary forms of application for services or benefits.
Appears at court proceedings as required testifying to the social and environmental issues affecting the client/patient.
Provides technical guidance to organizations and staff regarding social work findings related to unit patient care, or provides consultation to other caregiving agencies.
Participates in inter disciplinary team conferences to formulate or evaluate a treatment plan.
Provides consultative services to state and private agencies; may participate in community projects.
Advocates for clients and families in the protection of rights; Obtains consent for treatment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of child, adolescent and adult psychology/psychiatry.
Knowledge of mental and emotional disorders and the social, economic, and psychological implications and behavioral impact.
Knowledge of methods and techniques of counseling and social casework.
Knowledge of family dynamics and reactions to developmental disabilities and mental illness.
Knowledge of availability, role and functions of community resources.
Knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Skill in interviewing techniques.
Skill in assessing and diagnosing and the determination of client/patient needs.
Skill in counseling techniques.
Ability to interpret, explain and implement applicable rules and regulations.
Ability to deal constructively with aggressiveness, hostility and other emotional attitudes.
Ability to train, supervise subordinate staff including review and evaluation of work.
Ability to evaluate existing programs and make recommendations for improvement to best meet individual and community needs
Ability to prepare narrative and statistical reports.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other service agencies, public and private, as well as state and federal regulatory agencies.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Psychiatric Social Worker II Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Behavioral or Social Science or related field.
Six months experience in case management which includes assessing, planning, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating options and services to meet an individuals human service needs.
Six months experience in providing clinical treatment, counseling or determining eligibility for services or benefits as part of a treatment team.
Six months experience in interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.