Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,607
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,737
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 8.1
Annual Openings: 51
Entry Wage: $14.85
Median Wage: $19.04
Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree
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- Counsel clients in individual or group sessions to assist them in dealing with substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse.
- Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals.
- Interview clients, review records, conduct assessments, or confer with other professionals to evaluate the mental or physical condition of clients or patients.
- Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment, drawing on social work experience and patient needs.
- Counsel or aid family members to assist them in understanding, dealing with, or supporting the client or patient.
- 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.
- Modify treatment plans according to changes in client status.
- 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.
- 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.
Indivduals currently working as Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Healthcare Social Workers*
- Mental Health Counselors
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors*
- Child, Family, and School Social Workers*
- Counseling Psychologists*
- Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
- Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
- Rehabilitation Counselors
- Psychology Teachers, Postsecondary
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013