Mental Health CaseworkersHuman Services
Mental health caseworkersusually work in offices or clinics.
Average Military Salary
Mental health caseworkers assess, diagnose, and treat psychological conditions. They implement initial mental health assessment procedures including standardized psychological testing, clinical interviewing, and substance abuse evaluations. They monitor, record, and report on patient progress. Mental health caseworkers conduct and/or provide individual and group counseling, and they establish preventative measures related to patient injuries, including those sustained in combat. They supervise and support caring for individuals with acute and post-traumatic stress reactions.
All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Mental health caseworkers develop skills in meeting the social and psychological needs of service members primarily through on-the-job learning in various healthcare environments. Training content may include:
- Interest in working with people
- Patience in dealing with problems that take time and effort to overcome
- Sensitivity to the needs of others
- Listening and communication skills
Related Civilian Careers
- Psychiatric Technicians