Clinical social work services at Children’s Minnesota focus on the psychological and social impact of the health care needs on the family system.
They assist patients and families with the physical, emotional and social issues and concerns that exist during a hospitalization. By providing information about health and illness (including grief and loss), they hope to encourage patients and families become active participants in their care.
We sat down with Stephen DeLong, LICSW, behavior health and emergency department (ED) social worker, and talked about what his job is like at Children’s Minnesota.
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Social work at Children’s Minnesota
Children’s Minnesota has a robust team of more than 50 social workers, offering services to patients and families any time they need them. 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.