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SOCIAL WORK Presented by: Vanessa Sakadakis Social Service Department Royal Victoria Hospital Focus of Social Work Interaction between the individual and his/her environment (Person in Environment) Assess individual strengths and how to use these strengths to problem solve Help obtain services in the community Provide counselling to individuals, families and groups In a crisis situation…. Client: What am I going to do now? Social Worker: This is what we’ll do….. Training Three year BSW Two year BSW One year MSW Practice option Thesis Option Where you find us CLSC Hospital Nursing Homes Schools Rehabilitation Hospitals Private Practice Prisons Community Groups Employee Assistance Programs Hospital Social Work Work with an interdisciplinary team Focus on the needs and strengths of patients and their family Help patients and families cope with illness and treatment recommendations Case management to help plan discharge and access needed community resources Benefits Leadership role Flexibility Working with an interdisciplinary team High Risk Screening Challenges Lexicon Professional collaboration Role clarity Discharge pressures Communication Bureaucracy/Paperwork The Stress Management Consult "I'd like you to see bed 14 and give her some stress management resources. She's experiencing significant levels of work-related stress and she's having trouble coping on the job," says the ER doc. And how does the Fried Social Worker respond? "Listen, I've been working my butt off this entire shift trying to get your patient in bed 12 into a nursing home! There's a domestic in 8 who's been waiting over an hour to see me. The medics just brought in a suicide attempt, and I still need to get medical equipment for your patient in 19. Triage is paging me to see a walk-in who's in crisis, and you want me to drop what I'm doing to see someone with work stress? Lemme tell you about work stress, doc ..."
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