This is training level work developing the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform human services case work. An employee in this class functions in a training capacity receiving instruction in the principles, practices, procedures and application of case work methods and techniques. Work includes exposure to the variety of counseling, referral, placement and/or adoptive functions required to provide services to children and youth, services to adults and aging, services to mentally ill and/or retarded, services for family medical care and/or for correctional rehabilitation. As the training period progresses, the employee performs increasingly difficult and responsible work.
Contact with individuals, their families, representatives of various private and public welfare agencies, representatives of professional and community groups, and the general public is a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the close supervision of a technical or managerial superior.
Performs the duties described below with members of the English language speaking and designated non-English language speaking populations.
Attends training sessions, seminars and lectures to learn the concepts, principles, practices, and application of case work; reads and studies textbooks, manuals, instruction sheets and applicable rules and regulations; receives instruction in the interpretation and application of appropriate laws, rules, regulations and procedures.
Receives on-the-job training on the accepted case work methods and techniques for performing a variety of counseling, referral, placement and/or adoptive functions; consults with immediate supervisor on departmental policies, programs, and procedures; observes higher level employees in performing various phases of case work within respective service areas; receives orientation on the respective programs within assigned functional area.
Receives instruction and performs a variety of field and office activities in the assigned phases of activity to enable an employee to learn to perform the following:
Interviews defined client and/or family members to elicit socio-economic, family, medical, employment and educational, and criminal justice background and history; reviews case record to identify special needs and/or problems; observes behavior of appropriate case members; discusses case with concerned members of professional and community groups; defines and identifies individuals and family members needs and problems.
Initiates court action when appropriate; prepares necessary court petitions and documents; discusses case with attorneys, witnesses, and other departmental officials; testifies in court.
Prepares a variety of reports, forms, and correspondence such as case summaries, progress reports, and authorization forms; attends staff and personal conferences.
Performs related work as required.
Completion of a bachelor's degree program in social work, social services, sociology, psychology or a closely related field at an accredited college or university.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE BILINGUAL SPECIALTY
Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently and clearly in English and the designated non-English language.
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Common¬wealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Social Work Services Trainee, if required by work assignment.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT ONLY - BILINGUAL AND GENERAL SPECIALTIES
Certificate that verifies successful completion, within six (6) months after appointment, of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) approved course and examination entitled HIV Prevention Counseling and Proficiency Examination, if required by work assignment.
Note: This is not a licensed social worker position.
Department of Human Services Positions Only
NOTE: Child Protective Service Law requires FBI criminal history background check as well as the PSP criminal history background check and Pennsylvania child abuse background check as a condition of initial employment.
PAY RANGE: EP10
Class Established: 8/57
CSC: 8/99, Ad Board: 10/99
Latest Spec. Revision:
CSC: 11/09, Ad Board: 12/09