Child, Family, and School Social Workers :

Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $38,940.00
Average Time to Fill 50 days
Typical Education Bachelor's Degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 7,273
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 12.08 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Information Gathering
Oral Communication
Customer Service
Critical Thinking
Attention to Detail
Conflict Management
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Numerical and Arithmetic Application

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Counsel clients or patients regarding substance abuse issues
Match clients to public or community services
Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues or problems
Help clients get needed services or resources
Counsel people regarding grief situations
Advise clients or community groups on health issues
Refer patients or clients to community services or resources
Refer individuals to educational or work programs
Arrange physical or mental health services for clients
Recommend legal actions
Counsel clients regarding educational or vocational issues
Advise others on psychological, social services, or mental health issues

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

Resolve academic problems
Resolve behavioral problems in school setting
Respond to parent or student concerns
Respond to employee concerns
Communicate details in protective services settings
Collaborate with other professionals to develop education or assistance programs
Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments
Report physical or emotional abuse
Confer with school personnel to determine student needs or develop programs

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Conduct program evaluations
Judge quality of facilities or service
Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs
Determine social service program status
Evaluate client progress against measurable goals
Identify physical or emotional abuse
Evaluate potential problems in home or work environments of clients

Training and Teaching Others

Establish educational, instructional, or training policies, procedures, or standards
Plan esteem building activities for children
Plan social behavior learning activities
Teach family members to provide bedside care
Provide nutritional instruction to individuals or families
Prepare technical reports or presentations associated with public, community, or governmental services
Determine student problems

Getting Information

Research social issues
Identify interrelationships among social statistics or indicators
Identify interrelationships among individuals or social groups
Collect information about clients
Collect personal information
Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships

Maintain relationships with clients and customers
Establish relationships with clients and customers
Maintain relationships with vendors
Manage community relations for law enforcement agency
Maintain relationships with stakeholders
Maintain cooperative working relationships with community service organizations

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

Assist clients with understanding personal problems
Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress
Conduct parent conferences to review student or child behavior, development, or progress
Confer with community groups or authorities
Adapt response to match client socioeconomic condition

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

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Patient Assistance
Home Health
Security Clearance
Care Planning

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