Assesses and treats 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.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Counsels clients in individual or group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse.
- Monitors, evaluates, and records client progress with respect to treatment goals.
- Interviews clients, reviews records, conducts assessments, or confers with other professionals to evaluate the mental or physical condition of clients or patients.
- Collaborates with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
- Counsels or aids family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, or supporting the client or patient.
- Refers patient, client, or family to community resources for housing or treatment to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness, following through to ensure service efficacy.
- Modifies treatment plans according to changes in client status.
- Educates clients or community members about mental or physical illness, abuse, medication, or available community resources.
- Assists clients in adhering to treatment plans, such as setting up appointments, arranging for transportation to appointments, or providing support.
- Increases social work knowledge by reviewing current literature, conducting social research, or attending seminars, training workshops, or classes.
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