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 plans.