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Clinical Social Work practice is the provision of services for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders in individuals, families, groups and communities.
Clinical social workers apply the established principals of psycho-social development, behavior, psychopathology, unconscious motivation, interpersonal relationships and environmental stress to the evaluation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of bio-psycho-social dysfunction, disability and impairment, including mental, emotional, behavioral, developmental and addictive disorders of individual couples families or groups. Clinical Social Work includes but is not limited to: counselling, psychotherapy, behavior modification and mental health consultation.
Clinical social workers provide the majority of mental health care services in the nation. These services are provided in:
Private Practice Settings
Mental Health Clinics
Child Welfare Agencies
Clinical social workers qualify as approved providers of service in managed care panels, insured plans and all federal programs that authorize treatment, ie: Medicare, Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and Civilian Health & Medical Program of the Uniformed Services.