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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 typically have at least a master's degree in social work (MSW). They also must complete supervised training and experience. The length of clinical training varies by state but may take several years. Clinical social workers must pass a state license exam to practice. 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: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Ross Brakeville DPT
Online Medical Reviewer: Thomas N Joseph MD
Date Last Reviewed: 1/1/2023
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