What do Social and Human Service Assistants do?

Assist in providing client services in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, including support for families. May assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

  • Keep records or prepare reports for owner or management concerning visits with clients.
  • Submit reports and review reports or problems with superior.
  • Interview individuals or family members to compile information on social, educational, criminal, institutional, or drug history.
  • Provide information or refer individuals to public or private agencies or community services for assistance.
  • Consult with supervisor concerning programs for individual families.
  • Advise clients regarding food stamps, child care, food, money management, sanitation, or housekeeping.
  • Oversee day-to-day group activities of residents in institution.
  • Visit individuals in homes or attend group meetings to provide information on agency services, requirements, or procedures.
  • Monitor free, supplementary meal program to ensure cleanliness of facility and that eligibility guidelines are met for persons receiving meals.
  • Meet with youth groups to acquaint them with consequences of delinquent acts.
  • Assist in planning food budgets, using charts or sample budgets.
  • Transport and accompany clients to shopping areas or to appointments, using automobile.
  • Assist in locating housing for displaced individuals.
  • Observe and discuss meal preparation and suggest alternate methods of food preparation.
  • Observe clients' food selections and recommend alternate economical and nutritional food choices.
  • Explain rules established by owner or management, such as sanitation or maintenance requirements or parking regulations.
  • Care for children in client's home during client's appointments.
  • Inform tenants of facilities, such as laundries or playgrounds.
  • Assist clients with preparation of forms, such as tax or rent forms.
  • Demonstrate use and care of equipment for tenant use.

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