Mental Health & 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.
Also called: Case Manager, Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Therapist, Social Worker

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
    Health
  • therapy and counseling
    Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
    Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
    Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly know what you are looking at

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology:

    Medical software
  • Medical condition coding software
  • Social Work Software ClientTouch
    Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Netscape Navigator
    Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education:

    master's degree
    certificate after master's
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