SOCIAL AND HUMAN SERVICE CAREERS

Social and Human Services Assistant

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

  • Advise clients or community groups on health issues.
  • Assist clients in handling details of daily life.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Help clients get needed services or resources.
  • Interview clients for information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
  • Maintain social services program records.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Teach life skills or strategies to clients or their families.
  • Transport clients to appointments.
  • Visit individuals in their homes to provide support or information.
  • Write reports or evaluations.

 

Washington Pay Range $9.86 - $20.44/hr

Program supported at:

 

Edmonds Community College

 

Skagit Valley College

Occupation Description

Typical Job Duties

Mental Health Technician

The Mental Health Technician functions as an active part of the treatment team, providing continuous patient care, supervision, interaction, and role modeling to patients ranging in age from adult through geriatrics. They will also participate in the direct delivery of patient care by observation, involving patients in scheduled program activities and assisting patients with activities of daily living (ADLs).

  • Perform a vital, front-line function in all healthcare settings as they observe, treat and interact with patients.
  • Formulate an individual treatment plan and apply appropriate rehabilitation and treatment modalities.
  • Carry out doctors’ orders, serving as the eyes, ears and hands of the diagnosing professional.
  • Relate effectively with patients, agency staff, other community programs, and the general public.
  • Work effectively with individuals with complex needs and multi-system involvement.
  • Maintain a positive, solution-focused demeanor while responding to conflicts or problems.
  • Ability to utilize an electronic medical record for collaborative clinical documentation.

 

 

 

Washington Pay Range $12.86 - $31.68/hr

Program supported at:

 

Edmonds Community College

 

Occupation Description

Typical Job Duties

Substance Use Disorder Professional

A substance use disorder professional (SUDP) is a professional role certified by the Washington State Department of Health to work with individuals of all ages who are experiencing problems with substance use, abuse, and addiction. SUDPs are counselors who provide assessment, counseling, and treatment to individuals, groups and families. They may be working as members of treatment teams in inpatient or outpatient settings, in schools, medical clinics, hospitals, or other community agencies. They have deep knowledge of the effects of psychoactive drugs, legal and ethical considerations, interviewing, and counseling techniques to support clients who are accessing treatment services. SUDPs promote recovery by providing client education, advocacy, and prevention services.

  • Administer drug screening tests.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to develop education or assistance programs.
  • Confer with family members to discuss client treatment plans or progress.
  • Counsel clients or patients with substance abuse issues.
  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist clients.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, or progress.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Maintain professional social services knowledge.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Present social services program information to the public.
  • Refer clients to community or social service programs.
  • Write reports or evaluations.

 

Washington Pay Range $14.09 - $28.87/hr

Occupation Description

Typical Job Duties

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Innovations in Creating Access To Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH) is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) and is administered by Edmonds Community College.

 

This document was supported by Grant # 90FX0032-01-00 from the Administration for Children and Families, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

 

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