STATE CLASSIFICATION JOB DESCRIPTION


 

Salary Group B15

Class No. 5400

SOCIAL WORKER I

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Performs moderately complex (journey-level) social services work.  Work involves serving as a liaison between clients and their families in obtaining assistance and rehabilitative treatment.  Works under general supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Interviews clients, their families, law enforcement officials, schools, and health and social welfare institutions to obtain client background information.

Identifies the psychosocial, economic, and physical needs of clients.

Assesses clients’ support systems and available community resources, schools, and facilities.

Provides social work services in the process of client admission, discharge, or furlough.

Counsels clients and their families and coordinates placements of clients with community facilities and schools.

Serves as liaison between clients and their families, state and judicial systems, and facility or treatment providers.

Monitors clients’ trust fund accounts.

Assists with developing individual treatment plans, and in monitoring the observance of clients’ rights.

May participate in individual, group, or family therapy sessions.

Performs related work as assigned.

GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES

Experience and Education

Experience in social services work.  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in behavioral sciences, social sciences, humanities, or a related field is generally preferred.  Experience and education may be substituted for one another.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of mental illness and emotional components of physical illness; of rehabilitation methods; of casework principles; of community resources; and of the principles, methods, techniques, and practices of social work.

Skill in interviewing.

Ability to communicate effectively.

Registration, Certification, or Licensure

May require licensure as a clinical social worker by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners.


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Revised 9-1-17