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The Social Service Designee

The Social Service Designee

This week, we continue our look at career options for students of our classes, we’re taking a closer look at the Social Service Designee class this week.

Social Service Designees work to make sure that the social, spiritual, and emotional needs of long term care residents are being met. In a large facility with a social worker on staff, the Social Service Designee will assist the social worker. In a small facility the Social Service Designee may fill all the social work roles. The first

priority of the SSD is to do an assessment of incoming residents, and to work with residents and their families to develop a plan of care for each resident. SSDs also work as advocates for residents, especially when cognitive or emotional issues prevent residents from representing themselves.

SSDs learn to apply the principles of “person centered care“, and need to understand the aging process and the cognitive and physical issues that long-term care residents can face. An SSD’s work also involves budgeting, staff management, admission and discharge processes, and a great deal of interaction with families, residents, staff, and social service agencies. SSDs need to have good time management skills, be comfortable working with people, and know how to balance compassion with efficiency.

The WeCareOnline Social Service Designee class is currently available in 13 states, and more are coming soon. Students have four weeks to complete the class, and must accomplish 45 hours of work in that time.

Since the class is available 24/7, many students finish before the four weeks are up, and all appreciate being able to study on their own schedule. The class consists of four units which cover the basics of person-centered care, the aging process, cognitive issues, and psychosocial needs. The class also covers the business end of an SSD’s job. In four weeks or less, students are ready with the skills they need to work as a facility’s Social Service Designee. There is no other required training or certification needed to work in the states

where this class is approved.

Job prospects for Social Service Designees are excellent and the US Department of Labor reports that this is a field that is growing much faster than average. They anticipate 20% or more growth in this field between now and 2018. Need for long term care is also on the rise as Americans are living longer and often need managed care in their later years. If you love working with people, and enjoy the challenge of assessing needs and working to fulfill those needs, this is the career for you.

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27 Comments
  • Elaine Smith
    Posted at 16:06h, 06 May Reply

    Good for South Carolina

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:15h, 05 July Reply

    Is it good for indiana?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 09:50h, 29 July Reply

    This class does not meet regulations for Indiana. Sorry! I have been working on it. 🙂

  • jacey hjaltalin
    Posted at 22:25h, 30 July Reply

    After the social service designee class is finished do you receive a certificate?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 09:16h, 31 July Reply

    Jacey, you get a Certificate of Completion.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:48h, 15 September Reply

    Can I be a social worker assistant with this certificate?

  • Laura Loza
    Posted at 16:52h, 09 January Reply

    Is it good for California ? How does it work is it based on a course online ?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:07h, 20 January Reply

    Is it good time in Ohio?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:46h, 16 April Reply

    I've worked in Illinois as Social Service Designee and SS Director. Do I need to be certified if I move to Kansas? Illinois does not have any certification requirement.

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 13:33h, 23 April Reply

    Yes, Kansas requires a state approved course for both the SSD and ACT director. We have courses there – Here's the link: https://www.wecareonlineclasses.com/courses/states/kansas/social_service_designee.htm

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 13:33h, 23 April Reply

    Yes, Kansas requires a state approved course for both the SSD and ACT director. We have courses there – Here's the link: https://www.wecareonlineclasses.com/courses/states/kansas/social_service_designee.htm

  • Amy Hutton
    Posted at 06:55h, 14 June Reply

    I am certified in Missouri, can it be transferred to Kansas?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 13:52h, 11 August Reply

    Will it ever be available in California?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 10:51h, 22 August Reply

    How about in New Jersey?

  • Dawn Bednarchik
    Posted at 04:28h, 23 August Reply

    Will it be available in New Jersey?

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:46h, 28 August Reply

    We have the SSD course available in California. But sorry, not in New Jersey yet. 🙁

  • We Care Online
    Posted at 15:46h, 28 August Reply

    We have the SSD course available in California. But sorry, not in New Jersey yet. 🙁

  • Unknown
    Posted at 22:21h, 25 November Reply

    Is it good for Hawaii?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:44h, 08 December Reply

    Is this good for Wisconsin?

  • Unknown
    Posted at 18:48h, 28 December Reply

    Is this class good for New Hampshire?

  • Marie Patterson
    Posted at 20:28h, 08 January Reply

    Does the certificate ever expire? How long does it last?

  • Kailin Bennett
    Posted at 11:15h, 22 January Reply

    Is the class good for Illinois?

  • Unknown
    Posted at 06:10h, 02 February Reply

    Any new updates on Indiana online class?

  • Bobby Baldelli
    Posted at 22:42h, 16 February Reply

    Is there any education requirements for this course?

  • Bobby Baldelli
    Posted at 10:48h, 17 February Reply

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  • Kara Orians
    Posted at 22:10h, 13 August Reply

    Is this certification good in Ohio? Does it expire?

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