Mental Health
Social Worker

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Salary: $29,986 - $53,024
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Hourly: $12.26 - $26.67
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Outlook: 4 Stars
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Length of Training: 4-8 years
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Social workers assist individuals and groups with problems such as poverty, illness, substance abuse, child, spouse, or elder abuse, lack of financial management skills, emotional and mental health disorders, and inadequate housing. Social workers often assist healthcare providers with connecting individuals to healthcare and social support resources. There are five types of certifed/licensed social workers: social work associate, licensed social worker, advanced practice social worker, licensed master’s social worker, and advanced clinical practice social worker.

Areas of Specialization
Social workers may choose to specialize in many areas. Specializations include school, clinical healthcare, child welfare, hospice, family, criminal justice and industrial or occupational social work. Other specialization areas are psychotherapy, drug and alcohol counseling, case management, and adult and child protective services.

Work Environment
Social workers often work independently, but they may also work within a team thatconsists of physicians, psychologists, lawyers, nurses, therapists, teachers, clergy, and other professionals concerned with a client’s welfare. They also consult and work with members of the client’s family. Working conditions vary within the nature of the work, type of employer, and the location. Social workers may find employment in agency offices, hospitals, clinics, schools, family service centers, private practice, prisons, or courts of law. Some positions require travel.