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Specification for Class



8944 (1199NW-HMC Social Workers)


As a member of a health care team, provide professional social work services in a client/patient care, research and/or teaching environment.


Under general direction, provide social work services to clients/patients, their families, and/or others; and/or participate in health sciences research; and/or participate in health sciences teaching activities, and exercise independent decision-making authority and expertise specific to assigned area of practice. 


·         Provide specialty consultation to other health care staff and health care teams regarding psychosocially focused aspects of client/patient care;

·         Provides psychosocial support to patients and families;

·         In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, develops and implements safe and timely discharge plans;

·         Provides care coordination for patients with complicated social and medical histories;

·         Provides case management in specialized programs;

·         Provides counseling services in specialized programs;

·         Makes timely referrals to hospital and/community agencies including those required by mandatory reporting laws such and child and vulnerable adult abuse;

·         Maintains appropriate documentation;

·         Participates in practicum instruction of social work students and/or provides work direction to Social Work Assistant(s) or other assigned staff;

·         Participates in formal and informal teaching of health care professionals, health sciences students and the general community;

·         Coordinates elements of research studies and projects;

·         Participates in or chairs departmental program development activities or committees;

·         Represent the Social Work Department on hospital, university, and community committees/work groups;

·         Perform related duties as assigned/required.


A Master of Social Work Degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education


One year of full-time social work experience in a health care setting or equivalent.  Experience can include a practicum placement as part of a social work training program and/or employment experience.

Legal Requirement

Within 90 days of hire must hold one of the following credentials issued by the state of Washington:

·         Agency Affiliated Counselor, or

·         Licensed Social Work Associate -Advanced, or

·         Licensed Social Work Associate - Independent Clinical, or

·         Licensed Advance Social Worker, or

·         Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Class Specification History:

1-03-73: New Class;
12-14-73:  Revise Class;
5-1-82:  Revise Title & Class;
1-18-88:  Revise Title/Class;
7-2-90:  Revise MQ;
3-15-02:  Revise MQ;

6-01-05:  CSR Class Conversion (mc);

7-01-09:  Revise legal requirements;

2-16-16:  Combine Social Worker 1, UW job code 8943, and Social Worker 2, abolishing Social Worker 1 when the change is complete; revise and update spec and MQs, including lowering minimum years of experience from two to one.