Class Code:  7160-23                                             Date Established:  08-23-51


Occupational Code:  7-7-5                                     Date of Last Revision:  03-09-06


BASIC PURPOSE:  To collect and assess psychosocial information, participate in formulating treatment goals, and to provide short-term and long-term therapies and affect a comprehensive discharge plan for acutely ill individuals with a wide range of psychiatric disabilities.




        Compiles important psychosocial information to assist in determining appropriateness of a hospital admission and/or determining the needs of the patient.


        Completes initial social assessment and in-depth comprehensive assessments by specified time frames.


        Uses diagnostic information to participate in formulation of treatment goals based on identification of problem areas.


        Provides a wide range of short-term therapies during treatment or crisis intervention.


        Coordinates family involvement and establishes contacts with community based agencies for appropriate care and/or aftercare.


        Consults with other professional staff regarding treatments, psychosocial diagnostic formulations, discharge planning, availability of community resources and types of community programs.


        Provides clinical summary and/or discharge related documentation.


        Monitors, evaluates and provides clinical supervision to subordinate level social workers.





Skill:  Requires skill in developing formats and procedures for special applications OR in investigating and reviewing the use of equipment and data for a specialized function.


Knowledge:  Requires logical or scientific expertise to resolve problems of a specialized or professional nature in a wide range of applications.


Impact:  Requires responsibility for achieving direct service objectives by assessing agency service needs and making preliminary recommendations for the development of alternative short-term program policies or procedures.  Errors at this level result in incomplete assessments or misleading recommendations causing a disruption of agency programs or policies.


Supervision:  Requires direct supervision of other employees doing related or similar work, including scheduling work, recommending leave, reviewing work for accuracy, performance appraisal, or interviewing applicants for position vacancies.


Working Conditions:  Requires performing regular job functions in an adverse working environment containing a combination of disagreeable elements which impact significantly upon the employee's capacity for completing work assignments.  This level includes work-related accidents or assault.


Physical Demands:  Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.




Communication:  Requires reviewing summaries and reports and making decisions to solve problems or to achieve work objectives as well as articulating and expressing those solutions and goals.  This level also requires formal presentations of solutions and goals to employees and the general public to increase the responsiveness of the agency toward the demands of its client system.


Complexity:  Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals.  This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.


Independent Action:  Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.





Education:  Master's degree in Social Work (MSW) from a college or university approved by the Council on Social Work Education.


Experience:  Three years’ experience involving psychiatric social work (mental, emotional or behavioral disorders) prior to or subsequent to obtaining the graduate degree.


License/Certification:  New Hampshire driver's license and/or access to transportation with liability insurance as required by state laws if necessary for performing job accountabilities


RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS:  Extensive knowledge of psychiatric case work principles, techniques and practices and their application to individual case problems.  Extensive knowledge of mental health problems, of modern methods of treatment and of the social aspects of such conditions.  Considerable knowledge and skill in community organization and availability of community resources.  Appreciation of involved psychological and environmental problems arising in connection with case work.  Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.  Ability to write case histories and related reports.  Ability to explain departmental policy, procedures and objectives.  Ability to understand environmental factors in individual cases and to apply this understanding in social adjustments and rehabilitation.  Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other social agencies, institution officials, the general public and clients.  Ability to communicate effectively.  Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.



DISCLAIMER STATEMENT:  This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.



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