Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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.

Key Competencies * Concern for Others * Integrity * Dependability * Stress Tolerance * Self Control * Initiative * Adaptability/Flexibility * Persistence * Social Orientation * Cooperation

Representative 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. * Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.


Health Care & Social Assistance, Government,

Job Family Community and Social Service

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