School Social Worker

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POST DATE 8/25/2016
END DATE 10/22/2016

ALEXANDER COUNTY SCHOOLS Taylorsville, NC

Company
ALEXANDER COUNTY SCHOOLS
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
2f773b558022e2554f2882948aea8177
AJE Ref #
575978748
Location
Taylorsville, NC
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular

JOB DESCRIPTION

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Social workers help people solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. One group of social workers, clinical social workers, also diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional issues. Duties Social workers typically do the following: * Identify people who need help * Assess clients needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals * Develop plans to improve their clients well-being * Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment * Research and refer clients to community resources, such as food stamps, child care, and health care * Help clients work with government agencies to apply for and receive benefits such as Medicare * Respond to crisis situations such as child abuse * Advocate for and help clients get resources that would improve their well-being * Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved * Evaluate services provided to ensure that they are effective Social workers help people cope with challenges in their lives. They help with a wide range of situations, such as adopting a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Social workers may work with children, people with disabilities, and people with serious illnesses and addictions. Their work varies based on the type of client they are working with. The following are examples of types of social workers: Child and family social workers protect vulnerable children and help families in need of assistance. They help parents find services, such as child care, or apply for benefits, such as food stamps. They intervene when children are in danger of neglect or abuse. Some help arrange adoptions, locate foster families, or work to get families back together. Clinical social workers provide mental health care to help children and families cope with changes in their lives, such as divorce or other family problems. Clinical social workers also called licensed clinical social workers diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders, including anxiety and depression. They provide individual, group, family, and couples therapy; they work with clients to develop strategies to change behavior or cope with difficult situations; and they refer clients to other resources or services, such as support groups or other mental health professionals. Clinical social workers can develop treatment plans with the client, doctors, and other healthcare professionals and may adjust the treatment plan if necessary based on their client s progress. Many clinical social workers work in private practice. In these settings, clinical social workers have administrative and recordkeeping tasks such as working with insurance companies to receive payment for their services. Some work in a group practice with other social workers or mental health professionals. School social workers work with teachers, parents, and school administrators to develop plans and strategies to improve students academic performance and social development. Students and their families are often referred to social workers to deal with problems such as aggressive behavior, bullying, or frequent absences from school. Healthcare social workers help patients understand their diagnosis and make the necessary adjustments to their lifestyle, housing, or health care. For example, they may help people make the transition from the hospital back to their homes and communities. In addition, they may provide information on services, such as home healthcare or support groups, to help patients manage their illness or disease. Social workers help doctors and other healthcare professionals understand the effects that diseases and illnesses have on patients mental and emotional health. Some healthcare social workers specialize in geriatric social work, hospice and palliative care, or medical social work: * Geriatric social workers help senior citizens and their famil