Occ. Code 8156100

 

LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER 1, GRADE 18                                    8156100  

LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER 2, GRADE 20                                    8156200

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

Social Workers apply professional social work theory, principles, and methods to assess, evaluate, formulate, and implement a plan of action based on individual needs and strengths, and intervene to address mental, social, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and addictive disorders, conditions and disabilities, and the psychosocial aspects of illness and injury experienced by individuals, couples, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Positions in this class may also provide psychotherapy either independently if appropriately licensed or under supervision by a licensed mental health professional as authorized by New York State Education Law Article 154.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKERS 1:  perform the full-range of social worker tasks consistent with the scope of practice of a licensed master social worker as defined by New York State Education Law Article 154.  Incumbents may provide administrative supervision to lower-level paraprofessional staff involved in case management and other treatment and program support tasks that do not require licensure as a licensed master social worker or licensed clinical social worker. 

 

LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKERS 2:  perform the full-range of social worker tasks consistent with the scope of practice of a licensed master social worker as defined by New York State Education Law Article 154.  Incumbents deal with the more challenging individuals who exhibit serious and/or complicated mental, social, emotional, behavioral, developmental, and addictive disorders, conditions, and disabilities.  Additionally, positions in this class may provide administrative supervision to Licensed Master Social Workers 1, and to lower-level paraprofessional staff involved in case management and other treatment and program support tasks that do not required licensure as a licensed master social worker or licensed clinical social worker.  

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER 1 & 2: perform the full range of social work activities as authorized under the scope of practice of a licensed master social worker:

 

·         assess individual and family needs, strengths, and limitations;

·         develop psychosocial assessments;

·         provide individual, group and family therapy, as well as crisis intervention;

·         record significant psychosocial events and/or changes in clinical condition;

·         determine the individuals strengths and need for linkage and referral services;

·         serve as a resource to other team members regarding social adjustment, discharge service needs, and the effective utilization of community services; 

·         determine discharge service needs and appropriate community resources;

·         educate individual and family about the nature of the disorder/illness and available resources and how to access them;

·         may direct and oversee the therapeutic interventions of individuals assigned to their treatment team;

 

Perform various activities in support of licensed master social worker services provided:

 

·         prepare reports and maintain medical and other case records including progress notes, observations, recommendations and discharge plans;

·         attend treatment team meetings and actively present clinical information and observations to staff in other disciplines;

·         coordinate the care and treatment planning of one or more individuals served by the treatment team;

·         may serve as a primary point of contact for information and coordination of services and treatment among several groups including: the individual and family members; vocational and educational service providers, other social services entities; probation, parole, and other criminal justice entities; and other community agencies associated with treatment.

 

May implement and coordinate approved program initiatives effectively with affected facility staff and units; participate in committee discussions and decision-making; and chair committees established to carry out assigned activities.

 

May provide administrative supervision and training to paraprofessional social work and/or direct care staff:

 

·         approve work schedules, time cards, and leaves of absences;

·         establish work priorities;  

·         conduct job performance evaluations

 

Under the clinical supervision and direction of a licensed clinical social worker a Licensed Psychologist, or a Psychiatrist, or independently if appropriately licensed, incumbents may: 

 

·         provide individual psychotherapy to enhance social, emotional and behavioral functioning;

·         conduct clinical assessments to determine appropriate therapeutic interventions, services and supports, including diagnostic impressions;

·         deliver individual, group, and family psychotherapy as well as crisis intervention.

·         may provide clinical consultation and assistance to members of the professional staff, members of the treatment team, and/or to the community.

 

Additionally, Licensed Master Social Workers 2 serve as the primary treatment resource for individuals and families presenting with the most complex treatment needs and may provide administrative supervision to Licensed Master Social Workers 1.

If licensed as a licensed clinical social worker, Licensed Master Social Workers 2 may also provide guidance, advice, and counseling to licensed master social workers regarding the application of principles and practices related to licensed clinical social work including the provision of psychotherapy, the performance of clinical assessments and diagnoses, treatment planning and evaluation tasks, and/or any other clinical matter as authorized by New York State Education Law Article 154.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

                        LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER 1

 

Licensure and current registration in New York State as a licensed master social worker.

 

                        LICENSED MASTER SOCIAL WORKER 2

 

Licensure and current registration in New York State as a licensed master social worker and one year of post-licensure social work experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date:  9/12

 

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.   Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.