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Clinical Social Worker

H27

Basic Purpose

Positions in this family are assigned responsibility for providing clinical social services in state facilities, hospitals, clinics, or institutions.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Manages a caseload and provides clinical social services on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
  • Provides individual, groups, or family therapy to individuals with psychological, medical, neurological, speech/language, and/or developmental problems.
  • Evaluates the needs of individuals and families, obtains psychosocial history; assesses needs and links individuals and families with available psychological, health and social services.
  • Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team to assess treatment needs; coordinates treatment activities and provides input into the development of treatment plans.
  • Acts as an advocate for the client; supports self-advocacy efforts, and supports client in exercising rights, choices and responsibilities.
  • Participates in staff conferences for the purpose of overall program planning.
  • Consults with individual and community organizations on the improvement of existing resources.
  • Provides education, consultation, and technical assistance to professional staff, community organizations, agencies and other groups.

Level Descriptors

This job family consisted of four levels which are distinguished by the level of complexity and diversity of the specific job assignments, the extent of responsibility assigned for each level, the expertise required for the completion of assigned duties, and the responsibility assigned for providing leadership to others.

Level I Code: H27A Salary Band: J

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities involving beginning level professional work in providing clinical social services to individuals with psychological, medical, neurological, speech/language, and/or developmental problems.  In this role employees will be assigned a routine caseload and will receive guidance and assistance from higher-level clinical social workers.  Responsibilities include making home and field visits, interviewing individuals to obtain needed information and linking the individual with available services and programs.  Employees at this level will act as a member of the interdisciplinary team and provide input into the development of treatment plans.  Assists and counsels individuals on an outpatient basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of principles and practices of social work: of current social and health problems; of the principles of family health and psychosocial aspects of human relations; of community, state and national health and welfare resources; of psychosocial terminology; of the principles of interviewing; of social assistance requirements; and of psychosocial treatment techniques.  Ability is required to establish and maintain effective working relationships; to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and choosing an appropriate course of action; to make decisions; and to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Level II Code: H27B Salary Band: K

At this level employees are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level in providing clinical social services to client systems, including individuals, families, groups, and communities in assessing needs and providing client intervention functions.  Employees at his level provide entry assessment, intervention, and evaluation services to client systems in a wide range of community settings, including outpatient, residential, or inpatient facilities.  Employees perform both program delivery and client intervention and assessment functions requiring special training in the area of clinical social work.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level plus knowledge of casework principles and methods; of systems development and community organizations; of therapeutic treatment, and of psychiatric and medical terminology.  Ability is required to consult with staff and agencies; and to effectively treat health and emotional problems.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I and two years of professional social work experience.

Level III Code: H27C Salary Band: L

This is the specialist level where employees perform complex and difficult clinical social work services, and provide both program delivery and client intervention functions requiring intensive case management activities and extensive professional, diagnostic and treatment activities.  Conducts family and individual therapy with only minimal supervision.  Acts as client’s advocate with outside service agencies.  Advocates on behalf of broader social issues that affect client populations.  Participates in community organization activities with private, community, and public groups and agencies in the development of community resources.  Some employees at this level may act as back-up supervisor, or serve as an assistant to the clinical social worker supervisor.  Supervisory duties at this level consist of providing consultation, guidance and assistance to lower level clinical social worker.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified at Level II plus knowledge of human development stages and related dysfunctions; and of the principles of clinical interviewing and effective therapeutic interventions.  Ability is required to apply therapeutic intervention (individual and group) in an inpatient or outpatient setting; to engage clients and families in the problem solving process; and to work across program areas in providing the full scope of social work services.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Level IV                                     Code:  H27D                                            Salary Band:  M

This is the leadership level of this job family where employees provide direct supervision to lower level clinical social worker staff.  Employees at this level may serve as an assistant to the director of social work in a facility and assist in the management of clinical social work programs.  Additional tasks include the supervision, planning and coordinating of individual and family clinical social work services, and monitoring and evaluating service effectiveness.  Helps promote a community’s capacity to participate in social change which impacts it’s residents growth, development, and status of health and well-being.  Participates in interagency committees or task forces providing input regarding service needs, service delivery coordination, staff training, and client advocacy.  Trains and supervises undergraduate/graduate students from an accredited social work program as a practicum instructor.  Assists and supports administrative efforts in systems development and community planning.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required at this level include those identified in Level III plus knowledge of social work professional ethics; of technical manuals related to applicable programs; of the minimum standards of practice as they apply to service delivery; of characteristics and social implications of mental and emotional disturbances; and of the principles and practices of effective supervision.  Ability is required to plan and direct the work of a professional staff.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level III plus two additional years of qualifying experience.

Special Requirement

Upon appointment, incumbents designated by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall complete certification in one of the following required Departmental sponsored training in case management:  Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Adult; Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Child, Adolescent and Family; or Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager – Dual Certification.

Some positions with the Oklahoma State Department of Health may require current Oklahoma licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

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