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Psychiatric Social Worker 1

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for professional psychiatric social work duties of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features: This is the entry-working class in the Psychiatric Social Worker sub-series. An employee in this class provides guidance, advice, and application of theory in treatment to patients, residents, and family where it is determined that treatment must include work on psychosocial problems. An employee in this class may be assigned to or rotated among a number of assignments such as admissions, adult alcohol and drug abuse, children and youth, correctional, extended treatment, general, geriatric, residential care and treatment, or other program or unit assignment. Work normally includes some individual, group, and family therapy. Classes in this sub-series differ from those in the Medical Social Worker sub-series in that the focus of work is upon psychosocial aspects. This class differs from that of lower level counseling classes in the focus and level of expertise required to accomplish work. This class differs from that of Psychiatric Social Worker 2 in that an incumbent of the latter acts as supervisor to employees of this class.