1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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SOCIAL WELFARE PROFESSIONALS provide guidance to clients, the community or members of their congregation in social, educational, vocational, relationship and spiritual matters to enable them to overcome difficulties and find and use resources to achieve particular goals.

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification or at least 5 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Some occupations in this minor group may require high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications or experience.

Tasks performed by Social Welfare Professionals typically include assessing resources for health, welfare, recreation, housing, employment and other community services; providing support while exploring alternatives with clients who experience difficulties such as marital problems, unemployment, illness and drug abuse; consulting with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational, social, medical and psychological needs; assisting clients with employment placement and matters relating to education and training; developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment programs; developing and conducting psychological tests and developing interview techniques; conducting surveys and research studies on job design, work groups, morale, motivation, management, mental abilities and educational performance; preparing and conducting services of public worship or acknowledgments of faith, in accordance with accepted ceremonial requirements; performing marriages, funerals and special memorial services according to ecclesiastical and civil law.

Occupations in this minor group are classified into the following unit groups:

This section contains the following subsection :
            2511 Social Workers
            2512 Welfare and Community Workers
            2513 Counsellors
            2514 Psychologists
            2515 Ministers of Religion

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