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State of Washington Classified Job Specification

SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT 1

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SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT 1
343H
Category: Social Services

Class Series Concept

Provide task-oriented social work services to clients/patients, families, and others.

Definition

As a member of the social services team, assist Social Worker(s) in providing task-oriented social work services, such as arranging nursing home placement and ordering patient equipment for clients/patients, families, and others.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision, assist in providing direct task-oriented social work services to clients/patients, families, and others.

Typical Work

Assist a social worker in providing discharge planning for clients/patients and client/patient families;

Provide client/patient advocacy; act as liaison with community agencies/resources;

Provide task-oriented assessment for purpose of limited intervention;

Model task-oriented training for students and new employees; assist with educational activities provided to clients/patients and the community;

Assist clients/patients, families, and others with specific planning needs; coordinate with other staff members;

Assist in information gathering from clients/patients, groups, and agencies;

Promote optimal use of social service and health care resources;

Assist clients/patients and their families with the completion of forms, such as Medicaid, SSI, Victim's Compensation, or social service eligibility;

Participate in activities of and coordinate task-related committees of the department;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

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.

Desirable Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in a behavioral science OR Associate of Arts Degree AND two years of experience in the social work field.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New class; adopted December 14, 1973.
Revise class. Revises title and class; adopted May 1, 1982.
Revise class. Revises title and class; adopted January 18, 1988.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 6114); adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.

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