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

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

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates

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

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Conduct program evaluations
Evaluate the effectiveness of counseling or educational programs
Judge quality of facilities or service
Identify physical or emotional abuse
Evaluate client progress against measurable goals
Determine social service program status
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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