Mental Health & Substance Abuse Social Workers

Also called: Case Manager, Mental Health Therapist, Social Worker

Career Cluster: Human Services
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Counsel clients in individual or group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse.
  • Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.
KNOWLEDGE

Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • philosophy and religion
Business
  • customer service
SKILLS

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

Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Presentation software
  • Information presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Medical software
  • Client records software
  • Medical procedure coding software
EDUCATION


master's degree or bachelor's degree
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK


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Salary:
High: $100,090.00
Median: $55,960.00
Low: $37,150.00
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