information about children’s and families’ health care rights and responsibilities
What Is Their Training?
Social workers have college and advanced degrees in the field of social work, which includes:
4 years at a college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree
a master’s (MSW) or doctorate (DSW) degree, or a PhD in social work, depending on the position
Good to Know
The different types of social workers include:
Substance abuse social workers: They work in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities to help people who are struggling with addiction, substance abuse, or mental health problems.
Community social workers: They plan, coordinate, and organize efforts to help specific local populations and work with community-based nonprofit organizations.
Hospice and palliative care social workers: They help those in need during a family member’s serious illness or the time leading up to death.
Military and veterans social workers: They help soldiers work through their feelings and adjust to life and family outside of war zones.
Child, family, and school social workers: They help kids who have been abused and can help the parents of a child who is suffering from a mental illness.
Psychiatric social workers: They offer therapy, check the mental health of their patients, and work with the patient’s family. They can help people find support groups and understand what treatment is available.
Health care social workers: They provide help with emotional, physical, and financial hardships that can come with serious medical conditions.