Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
SOC: 21-1023.00

Description:

Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
117,800 employed

Projected (2024):
140,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Addictions Counselor
  • Alcoholism Worker
  • Behavioral Health Case Manager
  • Case Manager
  • Case Managers
  • Case Therapist
  • Chemical Dependency Counselor
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Clinician
  • Community Mental Health Social Worker
  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Counselor
  • Crisis Intervention Counselor
  • Crisis Intervention Specialist
  • Crisis Worker
  • Direct Care Counselor
  • Direct Service Provider
  • Drug Abuse Social Worker
  • Drug Abuse Worker
  • Family Advocate
  • Group Home Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Marriage and Family Social Worker
  • Mental Health Case Manager
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Outpatient Therapist
  • Probation Agent
  • Probation Officer
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Psychotherapist
  • Psychotherapist Social Worker
  • Residential Case Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Clinician
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Services Director
  • Therapist


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Counsel clients in individual or group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse.
  • Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.
  • Refer patient, client, or family to community resources for housing or treatment to assist in recovery from mental or physical illness, following through to ensure service efficacy.
  • Counsel or aid family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, or supporting the client or patient.
  • Modify treatment plans according to changes in client status.
  • Plan or conduct programs to prevent substance abuse, combat social problems, or improve health or counseling services in community.
  • Supervise or direct other workers who provide services to clients or patients.
  • Develop or advise on social policy or assist in community development.
  • Interview clients, review records, conduct assessments, or confer with other professionals to evaluate the mental or physical condition of clients or patients.
  • Educate clients or community members about mental or physical illness, abuse, medication, or available community resources.
  • Assist clients in adhering to treatment plans, such as setting up appointments, arranging for transportation to appointments, or providing support.
  • Increase social work knowledge by reviewing current literature, conducting social research, or attending seminars, training workshops, or classes.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • Client records software
  • Command Systems ComServe
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Information presentation software
  • James Frazier Associates DataStart
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Netscape Navigator
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • Scheduling software
  • Social Solutions ETO Software
  • Social Work Software ClientTouch
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software


  • community and social service


    industry stats

    SOC: 21-0000

    Total Employed: 1,972,140

    Average Annual Salary: $46,160