Social Worker, Psychiatric
Psychiatric social workers, also referred to
as clinical social workers or mental social workers, help individuals
with mental or emotional disorders deal with social problems such as
substance abuse or child neglect.
Psychiatric social workers perform most of their work in hospitals,
clinics and other health care centers. They help mentally or emotionally
disturbed individuals adapt to outside environments and help them
develop their social skills. They act as a resource to patients to help
them settle into their lifestyle after being discharged from a treatment
program or facility. Psychiatric social workers consult with
psychiatrists and psychologists and other health care workers. Most
social workers work 40-hours a week, but occasionally may work evenings
and weekends. While social work can be difficult because of emotional
strain, it is also challenging and rewarding.