Licensed social workers perform a number of duties associated with helping clients. They are responsible for assessing and determining client’s needs based on the individual's goals and support system, as well as helping develop plans with client to help meet their needs. These professionals also assist clients in locating necessary resources and follow up as needed. Additionally, licensed social workers evaluate individuals for potential cognitive issues or mental illnesses, as well as help clients locate needed services to treat those issues as they exist. They also help develop treatment plans and provide therapy to clients and their families.
Each state carries specific requirements for licensing, and so educational and experiential requirements for licensed social workers vary. Candidates may be required to have at least a master’s degree in social work, with several thousand hours of clinical training and experience upon graduation. Licensed social workers must maintain their license for the state in which they practice. These professionals should be capable of working with a wide range of individuals, able to multitask, and able to handle a substantial caseload. Excellent organizational and time management skills are necessary as well. Licensed social workers' hours may vary, and they may include holidays, weekends, and evenings. These social workers may need be available, with limited notice, to assist with urgent client needs.
Licensed Social Worker Tasks
Coordinate patient interactions from patient care, discharge instructions, follow-up to aftercare information.
Negotiate with payers, outreach, family, and third party groups to safeguard patients.
Communicate with patients and rehabilitation or care programs to ensure appropriate actions are taken.
Conduct psychosocial evaluations and advise clinicians on social work matters.