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Social work

Social work

Clinical social workers are an integral part of your child’s health care team. They provide patient advocacy, problem solving, counseling and resources to help your family cope with the stress of serious illness, address a variety of psychosocial issues, and plan for your child’s safe return to home and to family life.

Counseling and assistance

Our social workers understand family concerns and provide assistance with many issues, including:

  • Advanced directives
  • Barriers to discharge or treatment
  • Behavioral problems
  • Chronic illness
  • Communication
  • Concrete resources and assistance
  • Coordination of facility transfers and specialized transportation
  • Counseling
  • Cultural differences
  • Educational concerns
  • Ethical considerations
  • Family issues
  • Financial issues
  • Housing problems
  • Patient advocacy
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence in the family or community


Clinical social workers offer support and assistance to families in both inpatient and outpatient treatment areas.