What is Clinical Social Work?

Rachel trained in America to be a "clinical social worker".  Clinical social workers work with individuals, families, and groups through a variety of treatment options.  They are trained to develop knowledge and skills in diagnosis and assessment, treatment and early intervention to help prevent future problems.

Clinical social work practice focuses on collaborative problem solving, helping clients increase relationships and networks with others in their community.  Clinical social workers are trained to do this work through use of a professional relationship, purposeful conversation and planned activity. 

The guiding principles of clinical social work practice always respect the worth and dignity of all people, use of a strengths perspective, confidentiality, and client-led decision making.  Clinical social workers are trained to work within a variety of practices:

  • Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescent
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment
  • Trauma
  • Alcohol and Substance Misuse/Abuse
  • Group Work Practice/Group Dynamics
  • Clinical Practice with Adults (Individuals/Families /Couples)
  • Brief and Time-Limited Practice