Social workers (BSW) help clients function in their current environment, working with clients to overcome challenges and promote resilience. They work with many different types of clients, such as individuals, families, organizations, other groups, and even whole communities. These professionals work with private and public social service agencies that provide medical, psychiatric, financial, and other services. Social workers (BSW) are viewed as generalists who have several areas of expertise; typical careers in this field involve advocacy, casework, and problem solving. They primarily work in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, substance abuse clinics, private practices, and mental health clinics. Those that work in child and family services help vulnerable children and their families, frequently dealing with issues related to child neglect or abuse. Substance abuse social workers help clients with addiction issues and co-occurring illnesses.
A typical work day in this field revolves around meetings with various clients and completing paperwork. Social workers meet with a client to gain an understanding of their medical and mental health background. Along with other healthcare professionals, they help create a plan of treatment for the client; this may include referrals to different healthcare professionals as necessary. Social workers then consistently followup with the client to ensure that the treatment plan is effective and help make adjustments as needed. They may also compile resources for the client and help refer them to appropriate support groups.
A bachelor's degree in social work or a related field is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. However, counselor positions typically require a master's degree.
Social Worker (BSW) Tasks
Gather relevant information pertaining to case issues.
Facilitate education, support groups and referrals.
Maintain caseload, documentation and reevaluate patients at appropriate intervals.
Assess and treat patients and their families in understanding and coping with emotional and social problems.
Provide advocacy and resource services for the patient.