• Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
  • Human Services
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers assess and treat people who have mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs.

    What do they typically do

    • Counsel individuals or groups who have issues like substance abuse, mental or physical illness, poverty, unemployment, or physical abuse
    • Monitor, evaluate, and record client progress with respect to treatment goals
    • Evaluate clients' mental or physical condition through interviews, record reviews, assessments, and consultation with other professionals
    • Collaborate with counselors, physicians, or nurses to plan or coordinate treatment
    • Counsel or aid family members to help them understand, cope with, and support the client or patient
    • Refer client or family to community resources for housing or treatment, following through to make sure the services worked
    • Modify treatment plans to reflect changes in the client's situation
    • Educate clients or community members about mental or physical illness, abuse, medication, and available community resources

    Number of Jobs

    Average Annual
    Job Growth +1.7%
    Job Opening 385

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    Education & Training

    Change 500
Video:Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

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