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PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER II
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for performing professional psychiatric social work. Under supervision an employee in this class performs professional psychiatric social work in mental health facilities or outpatient clinics. Work involves responsibility for applying advanced specialized clinical social work techniques to the rehabilitation and adjustment of individuals with mental illness. Employees work closely with psychiatrists and psychologists in the planning of treatment for patients. The employee is expected to work with limited supervision, exercising a considerable amount of judgment and initiative. Work is reviewed by a professional superior through review of case reports and records and staff and individual conferences. Depending upon the assignment, an employee in this class may exercise supervision over subordinate staff. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Interviews patients/client, and his/her relatives and interested persons; determines appropriateness of application for clinical services and refers applicants not eligible to proper agency.
Participates in conferences with psychiatrists, psychologists and other professional persons to discuss diagnoses and treatment of patient/client.
Performs clinical social work services with patient/client, relatives and collateral persons; prepares case records.
Works with community, professional and civic organizations towards the development of a better mental health program.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the principals, methods, procedures, techniques and practices of psychiatric social work.
Good knowledge of the functioning of psychiatric outpatient clinics.
Good knowledge of the social aspects of mental disease, mental deficiency and modern methods of treatment.
Good knowledge of community resources and how to use them effectively.
Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relationships with patient/client, professional colleagues, patients' families, physicians and social agencies.
Ability to prepare clear, concise and comprehensive clinical social work records, to analyze such information and to reach sound decisions on the basis of such information.
Promotional Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status as a Psychiatric Social Worker 1 or Psychiatric Social Worker I (Clinic).
Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a masters degree in social work and two (2) years of post-masters professional level work experience (experience gained after completion of the masters degree), or its part time equivalent, in psychiatric social work.*
*Psychiatric social work is defined as social work performed under the supervision of a psychiatrist in a mental health setting or private practice or in an agency or program certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health such as a psychiatric in-patient or out-patient clinic, a day treatment program or a psychiatric residential group home.