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Social Worker, Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesAssess 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.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$37,200 per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsFull-time social workers usually work a standard 40-hour week. Some occasionally work evenings and weekends to meet with clients, attend community meetings, and handle emergencies. Some, particularly in voluntary nonprofit agencies, work part-time.

Minimum Education RequirementsBachelor's Degree

SkillsSocial Perceptiveness, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Writing, Service Orientation, Negotiation, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Speech Clarity, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsLinda Doty
Debby Hill