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Children’s Minnesota celebrates Social Work Week

At Children’s Minnesota, we celebrated Social Work Week from March 25-29!

Social Work Month is celebrated nationally during the month of March and we have designated this week to recognize and thank our social workers for all of their hard work.

This year’s Social Work Month theme from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), “Elevate Social Work,” embodies the need to recognize the extraordinary contributions of the profession to our society. Dr. Marc Gorelick, Children’s president and CEO, signed the 2019 NASW Proclamation in support of our work ahead.

Children’s has a robust team of more than fifty social workers who provide clinical services 24/7. In 2018, Children’s social workers met with 9,943 individual patients and their families, contributing to more than 25,000 hours of clinical care.

Clinical social work services focus on the psychological and social impact of the health care needs on the family system. We assist patients and families with the physical, emotional and social issues and concerns that exist during a hospitalization.

Social Work services provided

  • Crisis intervention
  • Short-term counseling to patients and families to assist them with emotional and psychological distress
  • Supportive counseling for patients and families as they adjust to a new diagnosis or chronic illness
  • Comprehensive biopsychosocial assessments
  • Addressing issues of family violence and abuse
  • Grief, loss and bereavement care
  • Advocacy for children and families at Children’s and in the community
  • Information and referral to hospital and community resources
  • Consultation with the medical team to assure the strengths and needs of the patient and family are recognized

The strong team of social workers at Children’s work every day to meet the psychosocial and mental health needs of our patients and their families. They are part of the multidisciplinary team that makes Children’s great.

Join us in honoring these individuals for the important role they play at Children’s.

Alexandra Rothstein