Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers :

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.


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About the Job


Indiana Average Salary $42,100.00
Average Time to Fill 42 days
Typical Education Master's Degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 2,893
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 22.46 %

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Skills Profile


Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Information Gathering
Critical Thinking
Problem-solving
Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Oral Communication
Decision-making
Organization
Leadership
Integrity
Conflict Management
Work Ethic
Creativity
Professionalism
Teamwork
Intellectual Risk-taking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Provide care for mentally ill or special needs individuals
Assist clients in handling details of daily life
Assist individuals with mental or social disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Assist individuals with physical disabilities, handicaps, or illnesses
Conduct individual, group, or family interventions
Identify patient's current and past drug history
Solve clinical problems
Conduct behavior modification
Modify treatment plans to accommodate client needs

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

Evaluate mental health conditions or disorders
Evaluate patient functioning and capabilities
Evaluate client progress against measurable goals
Evaluate patient or client response to therapy or treatment
Evaluate therapy needs of patient or client
Identify physical or emotional abuse
Conduct program evaluations
Determine social service program status

Provide Consultation and Advice to Others

Counsel family members of clients or patients
Counsel clients or patients regarding substance abuse issues
Match clients to public or community services
Counsel clients or patients regarding personal issues or problems
Advise clients or community groups on health issues
Advise others on social matters
Refer patients or clients to community services or resources
Counsel individuals concerning diet

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
Collect clinical data
Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress
Conduct clinical investigations

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

Monitor children to detect signs of ill health or emotional disturbance
Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities
Monitor client progress
Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress
Monitor performance of others
Maintain confidentiality of data

Coaching and Developing Others

Encourage group and organizational participation
Motivate employee behavior and performance
Empathize with others during counseling or related services
Assist individuals with developing or improving work skills


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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.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Home Health
Behavioral Health
Therapy
Rehabilitation
Psychotherapy
Clinical Experience
Staff Management


Related Licensing Requirements


Temporary Clinical Social Worker Permit (18-0000000081)

IC 25-23.6-5-1 Social worker license requirements Sec. 1. An individual who applies for a license as a social worker must meet the following requirements: (1) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual: (A) has received at least a bachelor's degree in social work from: (i) an eligible postsecondary educational institution that is accredited or approved for candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education or approved by the board; or (ii) a foreign school that has a program of study that is approved by the Foreign Equivalency Determination Service of the Council on Social Work Education; and has completed two (2) years of experience in the practice of social work under the supervision of a licensed social worker, a licensed clinical social worker, or an equivalent supervisor, as determined by the board, after receiving the bachelor's degree; or (B) has a master's degree in social work from: (i) an eligible postsecondary educational institution approved by the board; or (ii) a foreign school that has a program of study that is approved by the Foreign Equivalency Determination Service of the Council on Social Work Education. (2) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual does not have a conviction for a crime that has a direct bearing on the individual's ability to practice competently. (3) Furnish satisfactory evidence to the board that the individual has not been the subject of a disciplinary action by a licensing or certification agency of another state or jurisdiction on the grounds that the individual was not able to practice as a social worker without endangering the public. (4) Pass an examination provided by the board. (5) Pay the fee established by the board.

- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency~Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board (3172342064)
- http://www.in.gov/pla/social.htm


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