What does a Social Service Assistant do?
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Social service and human service assistants work under the direction of social and human service workers, social workers, and psychologists. They provide support for clients and families receiving services in rehabilitation, social work, and counseling.
They assist in helping clients find benefits, resources, or community services for support or additional assistance needed. Social and human assistants work for non-profit or for-profit organizations, state and local governments, and various social service agencies.
How to Become a Social Service and Human Service Assistant
A minimum of a high school diploma is generally required to become a social service and human service assistant, however often employers desire a candidate to have experience in a related field or have formal training in this industry. Many schools offer a certificate or an associate’s degree in areas such as gerontology, human services, or social or behavioral science. These programs teach students to interview and observe patients, handle people in crisis, and carry out treatment plans. In addition they include fieldwork where you can gain hands-on experience.
One must not be licensed as an assistant; however you should be effective in communication, time management, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and have compassion for your clients. These qualities are key in becoming a social service and human service assistant.
Job Description of a Social Service and Human Service Assistant
Social service and human service assistants are responsible in determining the level and type of aid their clients need and work close with other professionals (like social workers) to develop the best plan of treatment. Pending on the setting they may assist people with their activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, or eating.
Some social service and human service assistants help or coordinate client’s with Medicare benefits and food stamps services. He or she may assist clients fill out applications for assistance programs, answer questions, or find resources to accommodate their clients needs.A social and human service assistant sometimes transports clients to services or appointments in their area and regularly check in with them to ensure all their services are appropriately met.
Most social service and human service assistants work full time, weekends, and evenings. You work with various people in need such as the homeless, former prison inmates, children and families, the disabled, veterans, immigrants, or those with a mental illness. This career field has a faster than average growth rate, but also has a high turn over rate due to the stress and high caseload requirements from some of the organization hiring.