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What Is a Contract Social Worker and How to Become One

What Is a Contract Social Worker and How to Become One Image

What Does a Contract Social Worker Do?

As a contract social worker, your responsibilities involve providing social services to clients on a temporary or independent basis. In this role, you may take the place of a staff social worker in their absence or provide additional support for a social services department when needed. Your job duties include completing assessments for each client or family, creating or reviewing a treatment plan for each case, helping clients cope with issues, and setting development goals.

How to Become a Contract Social Worker

The qualifications to start a career as a contract social worker include at least a bachelor’s degree in social work and a license or professional certification. If you provide clinical services, you need to be a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). If you work in a school setting, you must have a license from your state. To excel as a contract social worker, you must be able to adapt to the needs of each temporary position in which you work. You may also need to manage caseloads from multiple contracts at the same time. Strong interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills are essential in this role.