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PUBLIC HEALTH SOCIAL WORK ASSISTANT
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for assessment and management of the needs of families whose children have special educational and/or health care needs. An employee in this class performs assignments designed to assist families in understanding and meeting the needs of their child. The employee exercises independent judgment in making referrals for services and exploring resources for the families. Employees in this class do not typically exercise supervision. General supervision and review of work is received from program supervisors. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Provides education, support, social casework and coordination of services to families.
Interview clients to determine and assess personal and social issues as they relate to their childís development and disability.
Assists clients in managing their personal and social problems through the use of coordination and referrals to community resources including public and private agencies.
Records progress notes relating to services rendered to clients and prepares paperwork as required by New York State regulation.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles, and physical abilities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Good knowledge of the principles and techniques of social casework.
Good knowledge of interviewing techniques.
Working knowledge of the problems of educationally or physically handicapped children and available treatment and support programs.
Working knowledge of the social, medical, public health, educational and human service agencies and resources available in the community.
Ability to understand and interpret written material and to prepare reports.
Ability to develop effective interpersonal relationships.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelorís Degree or higher in sociology, social work, psychology, special education, early childhood education, human services* or a closely related field; or,
B. Four (4) years of professional or paraprofessional work experience in social work, social casework, human services* or early childhood or special education.
*NOTE: Human Services comprise those career fields in which practitioners help others to solve their physical or emotional problems or to meet their physical, emotional or mental needs, or to enhance their cultural, social, spiritual or physical conditions. Practitioners in this class are typically characterized by working with people on an individual or group basis. Responsibility for the custody or detention of individuals or for determining program eligibility is not considered qualifying experience.