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Contrary to popular belief, social workers are not merely here to arrange transportation for families, provide gas cards, pay families' bills, or provide access to Medicaid, food stamps and public benefits. They are, in fact, master-trained clinicians who can interpret verbal and non-verbal communication, de-escalate stressful situations, and offer non-judgmental support.
While other faculty and staff may be busy treating your child's ailment, social workers provide other services that can help make your family's stay easier. And the best part is that any family can ask for a social worker!
Here are four ways a social worker can benefit you and your child:
1. A challenging illness or diagnosis. Finding out test results or hearing a diagnosis can feel overwhelming. It’s OK to need outside support. Ask for a social worker to help you face a medical challenge. You may want a social worker in these situations:
2. Family-related issues. Support systems are important to recovery. A social worker can help you and your child manage the emotional aspects of your stay. Family-related issues include:
3. Behavioral health, mental health or social issues. Children can suffer from behavioral, mental or social issues from outside the hospital. This can cause stress that may worsen their condition. In these situations, a social worker can help you by keeping your child calm, organized and empowered. Contact a social worker if your child is dealing with any of the following:
4. Legal help. Patients enter our hospital with legal issues ranging from adoption, to religious practices, to abandonment. To get in touch with Social Services, first contact the social work department. Legal issues, where Social Services is needed, include:
How to contact a social worker:
Call the Social Work Department at 720-777-6975.