Social workers with a focus in MSW, or master of social welfare, are trained medical workers who use their knowledge and abilities not only to work with people, but also to help set policy and regulations for their community. The goal of the social worker MSW is to improve the lives of patients, starting with their first visit and all the way through to their full recovery. A social worker MSW requires a master's degree in social work. The social worker MSW will also need to possess knowledge about drugs, welfare, legal information pertaining to patients, and cultural traditions and differences.
The social worker MSW will spend time assessing patients and their families to best treat and understand an emotional or social problem. Using this knowledge, the social worker MSW then determine the best way to improve the conditions for his or her patient in order to minimize the damage and severity of the problem or to prevent it from occurring in the future. A big part of this involves facilitating education on issues and providing support groups and referrals so that people can get the help that they need, when they need it. Given the broad scope of issues that may come up, a social worker MSW needs to be able to gather information that is relevant to his or her case in an appropriate and reliable manner. Helping people with emotional and social problems is a long-term goal, and a major part of casework involves helping patients over the course of their recovery. This means maintaining documentation of the patient's condition while reevaluating him or her when it is appropriate. When necessary, a social worker MSW provides advocacy for patients and provides resource services for them so that they can get the help that they need.
Social Worker (MSW) 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.