Who are Clinical Social Workers?
workers provide mental health services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders
in individuals, families, and groups. Their goal is to enhance and maintain their patients' physical, psychological, and
Clinical social workers must have a master's or doctorate
degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical experience. They must undergo a supervised clinical field internship and
have at least 2 years of postgraduate supervised clinical social work employment.
Clinical social workers are approved
providers in most insurance and managed care plans, and practice in the following settings:
Medical facilities (e.g., hospitals)
Mental health clinics
Child welfare agencies
Places of employment
Clinical social workers may be licensed by the state in which they practice.
Requirements are prescribed by state law and include education, supervision, experience, and a written examination.
Knowledge is power, a little knowledge is dangerous. These links are being provided as a starting point to help you gain
the knowledge that will enable you to work effectively to begin the process of healing. We are not responsible for their content,
but we have found them to be very helpful and accurate as "state of the art". Use them to begin your journey in
knowledge, both self knowledge and the scientific background that is at the base of our art.
What are the main
types of Psychiatric Problems?
1. Problems with feelings (affect).
2. Problems with thoughts (cognition).
3. Medical problems that affect the brain (organic).
Where can I get Information on these?
National Institutes of Mental Health Classifications
Major Depression- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/depressionmenu.cfm Generalized Anxiety- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/gadmenu.cfm
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/ocdmenu.cfm Panic disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/panicmenu.cfm
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/ptsdmenu.cfm Social Phobia/Anxiety Disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/socialphobiamenu.cfm
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/adhdmenu.cfm
Autism Spectrum Disorders- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/autismmenu.cfm Bipolar Disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/healthinformation/bipolarmenu.cfm
Borderline personality disorder- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bpd.cfm
Eating disorders- http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/eatingdisorders.cfm
Where can I get reliable information about the medication I take? Most of the following information is provided
by the medication manufacture's web pages. Those from www.rxlist.com, uses information provided by the medication manufactures.
Zoloft- http://www.zoloft.com/zoloft/zoloft.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=default_home Luvox- http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic/fluvox.htm
Where can I get accurate information on current research?
PubMed Medline One of the gold standards
in finding medical information hot off the presses online. Very technical in nature, but if you can read the abstracts, you
will have the information most other researchers rely on.
Free Medline Search- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed
Where is there information on how medical illness can effect how I feel and think?
Traumatic Brain Injury- http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/tbi.htm
Neurological Disorders- http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/disorder_index.htm