Medical and public health social workers
- Educate and counsel patients and their families regarding their conditions, treatment options, and available support services
- Perform discharge planning and assessmentfor patients in long-term care facilities or hospitals
- Connect patients with services such as housing, meal services, transportation, or hospice care for a terminally-ill patient
- Create care plans by monitoring, evaluating, and recording a patient’s progress according to measurable goals
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Education and training requirements
Most social workers hold a bachelor’s (BSW) or master’s degree in social work (MSW), and in Massachusetts, you must also be licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work.
An LSW (Licensed Social Worker) requires a bachelor’s degree or a combination of education and work experience. Learn more about the requirements for an LSW.
There are two degrees of licensure that require a master’s degree – LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) and LICSW (Licensed Independent Certified Social Worker). An LICSW requires a current license as an LCSW as well as a certain number of hours of clinical and supervised experience. An LICSW certification allows you more independence in your practice.
Medical and public health social workers are also expected to have
- A deep understanding of human development and behavior
- Strong cultural competence, including appreciation for the effects of various social, economic and cultural factors, and an understanding of how these factors interact
- The ability to work independently and as a part of a team