What is a Medical Social Worker?

Medical Social Worker Job Description

Medical Social workers are responsible for making community resources available to individuals or groups who are affected by chronic illness or trauma.



Typical Job Duties

• Perform grief work with families affected by the death of a loved one

• Research resources for stress relief for those providing care for the terminally ill as well as the mentally or physically handicapped

• Make community resources available to help reduce or eliminate the long-term effects of an illness to ensure optimal levels of independence and health

• Perform clinical assessments of individual clients who are in crisis and provide counseling to mitigate the effects of the crisis upon the client and their family

• Counsel substance abusers after they have started their treatment in hospital

• Develop treatment plans for substance abusers upon hospital discharge



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