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Clinical Social Worker

What is a clinical social worker?

A clinical social worker is a professional who helps to assess and solve problems related to personal, family, or social situations. They are a key part of the multidisciplinary rehab team. They help provide support for the patient and family, coordinate discharge planning and insurance benefits, and help with money problems and family conflicts.

These professionals have at least a master's degree in social work (MSW). They have at least 2 years of postgraduate, supervised, clinical social work employment. A doctorate in social work is also available (DSW, PhD). 

Clinical social workers work in many settings, such as:

  • Hospitals

  • Psychiatric care settings

  • Community organizations

  • Industrial health centers

  • Schools

  • Home health settings

  • Private practice

  • Private social service agencies

They qualify as approved providers in most managed care and insurance plans.

Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Trina Bellendir PT
Date Last Reviewed: 12/1/2020
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