health sciences healthcare social worker
Healthcare social workers provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Their services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. They may also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Communication skills: Patients talk to healthcare social workers about challenges in their lives. To provide effective help, healthcare social workers must be able to listen to and understand their patients’ needs.
- Emotional skills: Healthcare social workers often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have patience, compassion, and empathy for their clients.
- Interpersonal skills: Healthcare social workers need to be able to work with different groups of people. They need strong interpersonal skills to foster healthy and productive relationships with their clients and colleagues.
- Organizational skills: Healthcare social workers must help and manage multiple clients, often assisting with their paperwork or documenting their treatment.
A master’s degree is generally required, although some positions go to people with college degrees in social work.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You’re interested in therapy and counseling.
- You like working with, communicating with, and teaching people.
- You want to help people.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?