I am a Social Worker who provides services in the areas of Medical Social Work and Adult Mental Health Social Work. Social Workers in Health can work in a variety of jobs including:
A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work is required for my job. On-going educational opportunities are provided for our licensing through the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW). Membership with SASW is mandatory for my position.
I work in a hospital.
I provide services to patients in emergency and acute care. I provide support in the community to palliative care patients. I also provide individual supportive counseling to an adult mental
I love the variety of my job. No two days are the same. My job is very challenging and rewarding and I am constantly learning from my clients.
Currently we have some vacancy management in our profession which affects our case loads and puts pressure on us to take on more. Traveling can also be a challenge in the winter months but we utilize such technology as Telehealth and phone conferencing.
If there are not enough social workers in our department then extra pressure is put on those of us providing the service. Each of us will have more initial clients with high needs assigned to us each week. There often is not enough time to get clinical notations completed in a timely manner.