Your social worker job description intrinsically involves you with people

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  • 1. Your social worker job description intrinsically involves you with people's lives and problems and can, therefore, be emotionally draining.<br />Many hospitals that employ social workers recognize the important role they play in patients' lives and are seeking ways to ease the burden of their caseloads. Many health care facilities now employ other medical professionals, such as registered nurses and health aides, to help with client care.<br />The social work profession is critical to society because, according to the International Federation of Social Workers, it promotes "social change and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being." Social workers can be found in a number of facilities including government agencies, foster care and child services, suicide hotlines, rape crisis centers, probation offices and assistance programs.<br />What You'll Do Once You Become a Social Worker<br />Once you become a social worker, you'll be required to handle a number of different social worker job responsibilities. Clinical social work jobs, for example, include the following duties:<br />
    • Provide mental health counseling to clients. This can include one-on-one counseling or group therapy. A keen eye for observation is necessary in evaluating patients with emotional problems.
    • 2. Interview and evaluate clients' problems. A key to successful treatment is the correct diagnosis. Meeting and evaluating clients' needs is often a short, but critical part of the process.
    • 3. Develop treatment plans with clients. Engaging clients to take an active part in their own treatment is often the best approach to a successful plan of action.
    • 4. Keep treatment records for each client. Perhaps the least attractive part of the job, but accurate and detailed record-keeping can help clients in the long run, since you may not be the only person with whom they will consult over a lifetime.
    • 5. Direct clients to other areas of assistance. Giving clients the tools they need to find the right treatment or assistance is important. Your knowledge of resources is your toolbox for finding right assistance.
    • 6. Consult with doctors, therapists and medical professionals. Instructing other health care professionals as to the nature of your clients' social or psychological challenges will help them in their treatments as well
    • 7. Administer social service programs. As you gain experience, you may find a need for a social service program that could help a wider range of people. Work training programs, reading skill classes or nutrition education are just a few examples of effective social work programs
    • 8. Instruct clients' families during treatment. Families also need to know the nature of the mental health conditions of their loved ones, and what they can do to help. Counseling families not only helps clients, but also strengthens their main support systems.
    Job description<br />A social worker works with people who have been socially excluded or who are experiencing crisis. Their role is to provide support to enable service users to help themselves. They maintain professional relationships with service users, acting as guides, advocates or critical friends.<br />Social workers work in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures, supporting individuals, families and groups within the community. Settings may include the service users' home, schools, hospitals and the premises of other public sector and voluntary organisations.<br />Qualified social work professionals are often supported by social work assistants. They also work closely with other health and social care staff.<br />Typical work activities<br />Over 50% of social workers work with young people and their families. They may also work with the following groups:<br />young offenders; <br />people with mental health conditions; <br />school non-attenders; <br />drug and alcohol abusers; <br />people with learning and physical disabilities; <br />the elderly. <br />Government legislation focusing on the integration of health and social work services means that social workers often work in multidisciplinary teams.<br />Tasks typically involve:<br />undertaking and writing up assessments (often with medical staff), which meet specified standards and timescales; <br />conducting interviews with service users and their families to assess and review their situation; <br />offering information and counselling support to service users and their families; <br />organising and managing packages of support to enable service users to lead the fullest lives possible; <br />recommending and sometimes making decisions about the best course of action for a particular service user;  <br />liaising with, and making referrals to, other agencies; <br />participating in multidisciplinary teams and meetings, for example child protection, mental health; <br />maintaining accurate records and preparing reports for legal action; <br />giving evidence in court; <br />participating in training, supervision and team meetings<br />Youth Programs Social Worker Job Profile and Description<br />A Youth Programs Social Worker’s profile involves facilitating the personal development of teenagers and encouraging them to evolve as conscientious young citizens. The youth programs social worker’s main responsibility is to assess the needs and requirements of youth and planning events in accordance with the same. Most of the services of youth program workers work in religious organizations, educational institutions, and treatment facilities.<br />Duties and Responsibilities<br />Discussing and analyzing the behavioral issues and problems of the youth from families and other relevant sources.<br />Counseling encouraging the development of positive attitude and perspective amongst the youth.<br />Aiding and addressing youth related issues of drug abuse, alcoholism, violence etc.<br />Planning and implementing youth camps and activities.<br />Monitoring the behavioral actions of the youth<br />.<br />Instilling civic responsibilities and duties amongst the young.<br />Developing leadership values amongst the youth.<br />Maintaining liaison with civilian and military resources and coordinating social service activities.<br />Ensuring the safety and well-being of youth under their supervision.<br />Working in regulation of state and federal norms.<br />Skills and Specifications <br />Ability to evaluate and analyze the behavior of children.<br />Ability to relate and connect with the youth and their families to understand their perspectives.<br />Flexibility in working and ability to understand and address specific requirements.<br />Knowledge of the issues and problems of faced by the youth society.<br />