State of Washington Classified Job Specification
PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER 1
Performs entrance level professional psychiatric social work with mentally and emotionally disturbed patients or inmates in institution.
Performs psychiatric social work in mental hospital, juvenile training school, or correctional institution; provides casework and group work treatment for patients;
Prepares social psychiatric case histories for diagnostic and treatment purposes;
Participates in diagnostic formulations: assists medical staff in evaluating patients 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 patients' 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 and practices 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; analyze and draw conclusions from case records and interviews; work cooperatively with professional and nonprofessional 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.
A Master's degree from approved school of social work.Note: A degree in Social Work must be from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Class Specification History
New class code: (formerly 35500) 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.