Clinical Social Worker
What is a clinical social worker?
A clinical social worker is a professional who helps to assess and alleviate problems
related to personal, family, or social situations. Clinical social workers are a vital
part of the rehabilitation multidisciplinary team, and help provide support for the
patient and family, coordinate discharge planning and insurance benefits, and assist
with financial problems and family conflicts.
Clinical social workers have earned at least a master's degree in social work (M.S.W.),
and have completed at least 2 years of postgraduate, supervised, clinical social work
employment. A doctorate in social work is also available (D.S.W., Ph.D.).
Clinical social workers may practice in a variety of settings, including:
Psychiatric care settings
Industrial health centers
Home health settings
Private social service agencies
Clinical social workers qualify as approved providers in most managed care and insurance