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Clinical Social Work at Duke

What is Clinical Social Work?
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, substance abuse, or have private therapy practices. The scope of their practice encompasses all points in the life-span, from infancy to old age.
Clinical Situations Addressed by Social Work
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Grief, loss & bereavement
- Difficult family or social situations
- Medical crisis and adjustment to illness
- Coping with Substance abuse (assessment and referral)
- Family violence & abuse
- Guardianship
Our Referral Process
Anyone can request a social work consultation. 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.
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