Performs as lead worker or independently develops & implements treatment plans for clients, coordinates admission, assessment, evaluation & treatment plans of client's care cycle, provides interventions with acute, more complex clients, handles cases containing numerous factors & problems & provides crisis intervention. Participates in process of establishing, implementing & directing social service programs & treatment system objectives, develops & designs treatment intervention techniques & procedures, evaluates & modifies treatment systems to be responsive to client's progress & ability to change behavior, evaluates performance of lower-level social workers in administration of prescribed treatment plans & maintains necessary data documents to satisfy requirements of federal, state & local agencies. Serves as active member of treatment teams, training sessions, department procedure meetings, policy review meetings & establishes & maintains working relationship with other facilities, agencies & support services in order to coordinate referrals & conduct follow-up services.
MAJOR WORKER CHARACTERISTICS Knowledge of governmental regulations, policies, procedures; social work; counseling (group & individual); psychology; crisis intervention; interviewing, statistics, sociology; types & effects of psychotropic medications; employee training & development*. Ability to gather, collate & classify information about data, people or things; interpret variety of instructions in written or oral format; deal with problems involving several variables within unfamiliar context; write meaningful, concise & accurate reports; recognize unusual or threatening conditions & take appropriate action; understand somewhat abstract fields of study; define problems, collect data, establish facts & draw valid conclusions; counsel on sensitive matters