Mental health workers sometimes called “social workers” provide help and support for clients who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health and social problems. Some work one-on-one with clients and their families providing whatever counseling is needed in order for clients to find effective solutions to their problems. Others may be members of a mental health team. In some cases mental health workers direct clients to specialized services that will help them function at a sufficiently high level so that they can carry out their daily activities. The job of a mental health worker has several facets. Typically they interview clients to evaluate their mental and physical needs and in some cases they interview the client’s family members as well. In some cases they confer with other professionals as to the appropriate treatment plan or the need for additional services. Then they are responsible for evaluating and monitoring the client’s progress throughout the treatment process. Mental health workers typically work 40 hours a week but they may have to be available evenings and weekends to fit clients’ schedules. Their work can be highly satisfying but also it can be emotionally draining. Mental health workers must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a major in social work psychology sociology nursing or a related topic. They can work in inpatient or outpatient settings and nursing homes but some work for local governments and family service agencies or in the offices of general practitioners. The website www.ehow.com says that this field will grow at a higher than average rate in the United States. Mental health workers earn average annual salaries of approximately $49105.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Helps individuals with mental health issues.
Assesses cases and recommends treatment.
Communicates with other medical professionals regarding status of patients.
Works with substance abuse patients.
|Also Called:||Social Worker
Substance Abuse Counselor