Medical Social Worker Farmington NM
Our Medical Social Worker intervenes in the psychosocial functioning of their clients and their families by connecting them to essential support and resources in the community as necessary. Medical social workers provide grief counseling, psychotherapy, and supportive counseling or help, as well as increase and intensify a patient’s network of social assistance. The tasks they perform usually see them working with other professionals in disciplines such as recreational therapy, medicine, and nursing.
They play a crucial role that meets client’s needs and enhances the patient’s prompt discharge from the hospital. They may be responsible for organizing in-home services to correspond with the client’s date of discharge, depending on the arrangement. The medical social worker also functions as the patient’s advocate. Patients often make choices that medical professionals may not agree with and so the social worker advocates for the right of the patient to self-determination.
In addition, the social worker’s duties include handling of complicated cases involving patients with financial problems, homelessness, lack of health insurance coverage, substance abuse problems, prolonged unemployment, history of incarceration, etc, all of which will require evaluation and therapy. These will demand a timely assessment of the psychosocial needs of the patient.
Other things medical social workers do include supervising services for and giving counsel to patients and their relations in a variety of instances. Also, one of the most important obligations of a social worker in the medical setting is to intervene in crises. They offer support and guidance when needed, for instance, in the area of grief counseling, trauma, suspected child abuse or victims of crime.
In all these, they will require enormous patience and outstanding skills in giving priority when intervening in cases.