Anyone can request a social work consultation for a Duke patient or family member. Patients and families can speak with their physician, nurse, or any other member of the health care team to ask for a social worker. You can also call our main office directly at 919-681-4722.
Clinical social workers are available throughout the hospital and the outpatient clinics to help all patients and families manage the stresses that may be associated with a person's illness or life situation, including:
Our Social Workers provide the following:
Clinical Social Workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to help people find solutions to many of life's most difficult situations. Clinical Social Workers earn a Master's degree in a two-year program and like physicians, attorneys and other professionals, they then specialize in a particular area of practice. They may work in mental health, health care, employee assistance, or substance abuse, or have private therapy practices. The scope of their practice encompasses all points in the lifespan, from infancy to old age.
Clinical Social Workers are trained in individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as in policy and systems theory. Clinical Social Workers believe in drawing upon the strengths of the individual and are skilled at mobilizing family, friends, and community resources to help solve problems.
At Duke University Hospital, Licensed Clinical Social Workers are members of the health care team who assist patients and families with the stresses associated with sudden and chronic illness and its impact on everyday life. Social Workers are also available to the staff at Duke for consultation around difficult psychological, family, or social issues such as family violence, mental health problems, or substance abuse.
The Department maintains a comprehensive social work internship program and provides placements for social work interns from the region and throughout the United States. Our students include undergraduate and graduate social work interns from CSWE accredited colleges and graduate schools.
Interns have the opportunity for hands-on work in a multidisciplinary setting under the guidance of experienced social work supervisors. Interns also participate in a weekly health/mental health colloquium series and a bi-weekly case conference. Interns are accepted for fall, spring, and/or summer semesters and are placed throughout the health system and medical center. For more information, call 919-681-6840.