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GB55 - Social Worker I

Band 3  


State Specifications:

General Nature of Work:

Delivers social work services that are routine or standardized in nature. Performs such activities as relatively simple environmental manipulation, intake duties and group activities not characterized as dealing with pathology.

Guidelines for Class Use/Distinguishing Characteristics:

This class represents the entry level of the social work field. This classification is used by social service agencies for positions assigned intake duties, follow-up duties or standardized casework duties.

Examples of Work:

(Note: The examples of work listed in this class specification are not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position. The intent of the listed examples is to give a general indication of the levels of difficulty and responsibility common to all positions in this class.)

Conducts interviews with clients and families.
Explains eligibility requirements and services offered by other service agencies to clients.
Reports case history data to professional personnel, along with background information and observations as required.
Attends service plan staff meetings and assists in developing client service plans.
Discusses a service plan with client and/or family.
Assists in service monitoring through observations, home visits, preparation of forms or standardized progress notes and reports, and records factors detrimental to social adjustment.
Refers clients to outside public and private social service organizations and assists clients in determining which external services are appropriate.
Serves as client's advocate with outside service agencies.
Collects information about the needs of clients and about the services available to meet those needs.
Assists in formulation of plans or makes plans to create new services or alter existing ones in order to meet client needs.
Provides basic counseling services to client, i.
, asks questions, encourages client/family to accept help, gathers information, explains agency procedures and observes condition/progress.
Participates in group activity sessions in the role of an observer or assistant.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities listed are not necessarily inclusive of the requirements for every position in the class.)

Knowledge of casework interviewing techniques.
Knowledge of principles of human growth and behavior.
Knowledge of interpersonal dynamics and personality principles.
Ability to observe and interpret behavior.
Ability to engage a client in problem solving.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to interview individuals and families, and to engage small groups in learning processes.

State Minimum Training and Experience

State Necessary Special Requirements:

Licensure by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners.

Minimum Requirements:

(Note: Additional requirements may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

A bachelor's degree in a social work or social welfare program accredited by the Council on accredited institution.

MUSC Minimum Training and Experience Requirements:

A bachelor's degree in a social work or social welfare program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or from a social work or social welfare program offered by a regionally accredited institution.

MUSC Physical Requirements:

(Note: The following descriptions are applicable to this section: Continuous - 6-8 hours per shift; Frequent - 2-6 hours per shift; Infrequent - 0-2 hours per shift)

Ability to perform job functions in an upright position. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions in a seated position. (Frequent)
Ability to perform job functions while walking/mobile. (Frequent)
Ability to climb stairs. (Infrequent)
Ability to work indoors. (Continuous)
Ability to work outdoors in all weather and temperature extremes. (Infrequent)
Ability to perform job functions from kneeling positions. (Infrequent)
Ability to bend at the waist. (Infrequent)
Ability to twist at the waist. (Infrequent)
Ability to reach in all directions. (Frequent)
Ability to move objects, up to 15 lbs., from floor level to height of 36 inches, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to lower objects, up to 15 lbs., from height of 36 inches to floor level, unassisted. (Frequent)
Ability to maintain 20/40 vision, corrected. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects close at hand. (Continuous)
Ability to see and recognize objects at a distance. (Continuous)
Ability to match or discriminate between colors. (Continuous)
Ability to determine distance/relationship between objects; depth perception. (Continuous)
Ability to maintain hearing acuity, with correction. (Continuous)
Ability to hear and/or understand whispered conversations at a distance of 3 feet. (Continuous)
Ability to perform gross motor functions with frequent fine motor movements. (Continuous)


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