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NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES
POSITION CLASSIFICATION DESCRIPTION

Position Classification Title: Social Worker
Position Classification Code: P3022
Job Family: Student Affairs
Pay Level: 07
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Provides professional counseling to students on academic, financial, and personal matters. Provides individual and group therapy and counseling. Responsible for vocational testing and assessment, program development and evaluation, and outreach activities. Consults with academic departments and student affairs organizations.
Standard Duties:
Provides counseling, therapy, and/or psychotherapy to clients and families as appropriate to the position; prepares treatment plans, discharge plans, and follow-up care programs; provides therapeutic crisis intervention and emergency services as required. Collects data about patients through interview, case history, psychological tests, and/or observational techniques; evaluates data to identify causes of problems and to determine proper therapeutic approach or referral to other specialists. Provides casework management of a specialized caseload, as appropriate to the requirements of the individual position; performs research and case assessments; prepares individualized studies for admission, placement, and/or discharge, as applicable.Provides and/or arranges for therapeutic interventions as appropriate for patients or clients in a crisis condition and for those with serious disturbance problems. Follows up to determine reliability and validity of treatment used; makes recommendations regarding modification to services and service delivery. Consults with other legal and treatment agencies and individuals in relation to patient/client records, rights, and responsibilities. Consults with other therapists and related professional and paraprofessional staff, as appropriate, in the performance of therapeutic and/or casework; refers clients to appropriate service agencies as required. Participates in the review of clinical issues and program policies and procedures. Participates in, leads, and/or coordinates training sessions and workshops to enhance treatment skills. May lead paraprofessionals in performance of clinical duties. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge and understanding of clinical counseling principles, programs and methodology. Knowledge and understanding of clinical social work and mental health counseling principles, methods, procedures, and standards. Knowledge of case management. Knowledge of clinical operations and procedures. Knowledge of community mental health resources. Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques. Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to patients' rights. Knowledge of psychological test administration, scoring, and interpretation.
Interviewing and psychological/developmental evaluation skills.
Ability to apply mental health counseling methods and techniques. Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops. Ability to evaluate the progress of therapeutic programs and to make individual modifications. Ability to maintain emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Master's degree in a related field.
   Experience- Three (3) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- None
   Certifications/License- State licensure as a Counselor or eligibility to become licensed.
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-