State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER 2
Performs responsible professional psychiatric social work with mentally and emotionally disturbed patients or inmates in institution.
Performs responsible psychiatric social work in a mental hospital, juvenile training school, or correctional institution; provides casework and group work treatment for patients;
Prepares socio psychiatric case histories for diagnosis and treatment purposes;
Participates in diagnostic formulations; assists medical staff in evaluating patient's readiness for release;
Counsels patients, relatives, employers, and others on matters related to patient's welfare; evaluates and makes recommendations regarding foster homes;
Explains social aspects of mental health to relatives, interested persons, and community agencies;
Conducts individual and group interviews; evaluates patient's behavior to insure community protection;
Prepares verbal and written reports;
Participates in meetings, committees, and conferences;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: principles, practices, and techniques of social work; principles and characteristics of mental and emotional illness; current social and economic problems; interviewing techniques; individual and group behavior.
Ability to: conduct therapeutic group and individual interviews; work cooperatively with professional and non professional staff; speak and write clearly and effectively.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
1. A Master's degree from an approved school of social work.
2. One year of experience in counseling mentally or emotionally disturbed individuals or one year of professional casework experience.Note: A degree in Social Work must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Class Specification History
Revises minimum qualifications October 16, 1975.
New class code: (formerly 35520) effective July 1, 2007.
Revises desirable qualifications, effective December 23, 2011.
Salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2015, effective 7/1/2015.
Base range salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2017, effective 7/1/2017.