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Dr. Isaac Vielma
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Clinical Social Workers (Overview)

Clinical social workers are licensed professionals who help individuals cope with and solve issues in their everyday lives. Such issues often include family, personal, and relationship problems.


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Clinical social workers get payment for counseling?

Clinical social workers get payment for counseling?

Yes: If licensed in their states almost all insurers accept msw or lcsws for payment. ...Read more

Dr. Isaac Vielma
8 Doctors shared insights

Clinical Social Workers (Overview)

Clinical social workers are licensed professionals who help individuals cope with and solve issues in their everyday lives. Such issues often include family, personal, and relationship problems.


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Do licensed clinical social workers prescribe med?

No: The only people legally permitted to prescribe meds are doctors and, depending on the state, nps & pas. ...Read more

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What are psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers trained to do?

What are psychologists, psychiatrists, and clinical social workers trained to do?

Disciplines: A psychiatrist is first an md who learns about all of medicine and can diagnose medical conditions vs psychiatric and prescribe medicines. Psychologists study the mind and behavior and have expertise in research models and psychologic treatments. Social workers do similar but usally from a system perspective of the person in society and family. All can do therapy and may ofter helpful ideas. ...Read more

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Can a psychiatric nurse practitioner do a clinical social workers job since they can prescribe and do therapy and a social worker can only do therapy?

Can a psychiatric nurse practitioner do a clinical social workers job since they can prescribe and do therapy and a social worker can only do therapy?

Perhaps, depends: Social worker typically is armed with more knowledge of community resources for your specific needs. Their work is more dedicated to getting you connected with resources. Technically a psych NP could also possess this knowledge but may not. The NP's work is more geared toward treatment. ...Read more

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How do a clinical social worker and a mental health counselor differ?

How do a clinical social worker and a mental health counselor differ?

Amount of education: A clinical social worker has more education and clinical training than a mental health counselor. Typically a counselor has a ba in psychology or social work, while a clinical social worker usiually has a masters in social work and can get licensed to practice as a therapist (& accept insurance). ...Read more

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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor?

All roads lead2rome: Which one to see? Or which one to become? See the one you like the best, feel most comfortable with & feel has ur best interests in mind at all times. Also helpful to see one who has some connection to a doc should you need medication in treatment. Which to become depends on your area of interest, & the legal requirements for study & practice in your area. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor? What's the difference in terms of scope of practice?

Clinical social worker vs. Clinical psychotherapist vs. Mental health counselor? What's the difference in terms of scope of practice?

Not enough space.: Clinical psychotherapist can be a psychiatrist, psychologist or social workers who passed a board of accreditation. A clinical social worker has a master's degree but also have to pass a licensing board. A mental health counselor has some experience in mental health and usually work with facilities that deal with a broad range of practice and works under supervision. ...Read more

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Does a clinical social worker provide behavorial cognitive therapy? When does someone choose a csw?

Social workers: Depends on their experience & training in different therapeutic modalities. ...Read more

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A clinical social worker, what is this? A therapist, psychotherapist...not sure what their role is and how important, rank amongst other clinicians

A clinical social worker, what is this? A therapist, psychotherapist...not sure what their role is and how important, rank amongst other clinicians

Social workers are: Well trained and dedicated professions who help people in need connect w/the support system provided by government, churches, etc. Some take advanced training also and provide therapy. Their titles vary from state to state but clinical social worker fits the latter. ...Read more

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Can a clinical social worker (instead of a doctor) complete my fmla and disability paperwork?

Can a clinical social worker (instead of a doctor) complete my fmla and disability paperwork?

FMLA: This really depends on the state. I am from ny - the state with the greatest regulation, pork belly spending, highest taxes, highest sales tax etc. You name it we got it! It requires a physician. ...Read more

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Can social workers offer a diagnosis?

Social worker: They are not licensed as a health care practicioner and thus cannot offer medical advice. ...Read more

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Can social workers come into people's homes?

Yes: Many agencies have social workers who are out in the field and go into the person's home depending on need and mission. ...Read more

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How much medical knowledge do social workers have?

Limited: Social workers are generally not trained in the medical aspects of care. They are generally knowlegable about the practice of medicine and the protocols of medicine but they do not practice medicien. Their expertise is in helping to arrange for medical care & getting patients and their family through the medical care maze. They help find financial support & social support. They are invaluable! ...Read more

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How do social workers help in cases of claiming custody?

How do social workers help in cases of claiming custody?

Foot work...: A good social worker is a good problem solver; supporter, and resource finder. However, a good attorney is needed in cases of custodial issues. ...Read more

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What knowledge do social workers have of the government and finances?

What knowledge do social workers have of the government and finances?

Depends on SW: Most sw's have knowledge of social programs on the state and federal level, however, this depends on the setting they work in. Hospital sw have more knowledge pertinent to hospitalized patients, whereas those working in the office setting have more of it for the patients they see. As far as government per say, they have no better knowledge than an average person should have. Not sure on finances. ...Read more

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What do medical social workers do... Do they give ivs and administer medications?

What do medical social workers do... Do they give ivs and administer medications?

No: They basically can do the same things like a psychologist provide advice and counseling. ...Read more

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Can licensed social workers perscribe medication?

No: Only md, do, dentist, pas and nps can prescribe medications. ...Read more

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Can social workers help me lose weight?

Can social workers help me lose weight?

Maybe: Peer pressure can help, that is why some commercial programs work. If they can motivate you and keep you on track sure. Social workers are not designed to help in weight loss that I know of. ...Read more

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Can social workers help ease my anxiety?

Can social workers help ease my anxiety?

Possibly: If social worker has been trained in management of anxiety, stress-management/ relaxation, then s/he can help you with your symptoms. ...Read more

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How do social workers collaborate with social services?

How do social workers collaborate with social services?

Communication...: Most collaborative efforts are done with either computers (email), fax; or, the good old fashion telephone. ...Read more

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Can social workers with a doctorate degree prescribe medicine?

Can social workers with a doctorate degree prescribe medicine?

No: No, not unless the doctorate degree is in a healthcare field such as medicine, dentistry, or podiatry. ...Read more

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Why is it important to choose a rehab facility with social workers?

Why is it important to choose a rehab facility with social workers?

See below: Social workers are a valuable member of the rehab team. They provide emotional support for the stress and anxiety often associated with an acute or chronic illness. They work with families. They can smooth the process of discharge to home. They can teach relaxation techniques and conduct one on one psychotherapy. We have had a social worker at our rehab facility since we opened. ...Read more

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Do social workers help arrange palliative care?

Do social workers help arrange palliative care?

Yes: Depending on where you are and whether you are in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health etc. Palliative care can be arranged by social workers, chaplains, case managers and discharge planners. You'll probably never go wrong by starting with the social worker. ...Read more

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Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

All health care DO: All providers, including social workers are required to respect patient confidentiality, just like dentists, physicians, nurses, and pas. In the case of suspected child abuse for example, it is normall legally required for the provider to alert the authorities (child protection services). There are other situations that would require alerting authorities such as elder abuse and death threats. ...Read more

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What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

What role do social workers play in children with mental health problems?

Several roles: Social workers can play many roles in the lives of children with mental health problems. Two of the more common is helping to gain access to helpful services and providing direct counseling services. This can be done through both private and public agencies, within and outside of a hospital or clinic. ...Read more

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How do I persuade a group of social workers that someone may have a megalomania disorder?

How do I persuade a group of social workers that someone may have a megalomania disorder?

Evidence.: Narcissistic personality disorder. Use objective evidence and objective criteria from dsm iv. It is only a disorder when it becomes dysfunctional. Many have traits and skirt the edge of dysfunction and there is some leeway for interpretation. If you can't convince a group maybe it ain't there yet.... ...Read more

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How do nurses/social workers supplement caregiver's work?

How do nurses/social workers supplement caregiver's work?

In multiple ways: In the case of nurses, they will often be of assistance with additional medical knowledge, the ability to evaluate the patient from a medical standpoint with a brief exam etc. They will often have additional medication knowledge.
Social workers can help navigate the waters of insurance, support systems - whether financial or social or psychological - and address other social issues better. ...Read more

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Should a social workers opinion be taken over a mother's gut opinion?

Should a social workers opinion be taken over a mother's gut opinion?

?: In regards to what? Not enough information to have an opinion. Sometimes, mother knows best.... And sometimes, she does not. ...Read more

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Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Psychiatrists, neurologists, psychologists, social workers--who is cheapest for neuropsych eval?

Neuro psycologist: Neuro psychological evaluation is performed by psychologist who get special training in neuropsychology. It is not cheap as it is time consuming and involves several more tests than regular psycological evaluation. ...Read more