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CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER: Intern Or Volunteer To Make Sure You Can Handle It

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Shirley, a clinical social worker, works at a brain injury rehab program where she speaks with patients and their family who have suffered from a brain injury. She advises young students to be sure to intern or volunteer at a hospital in order to make sure they can handle being in a medical setting.

School: University of Hawaii
Degree: Social Work - Psychology
Job Title: Clinical Social Worker
Employer: Center for Neuro Skills

Job Summary: Healthcare Social Workers

Job Description

Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Teamwork, People skills, Public speaking ability, Empathy, Organizational skills

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<span m='15200'>and</span> <span m='15330'>support</span> <span m='16290'>for</span> <span m='16379'>people</span> <span m='16770'>who</span> <span m='16910'>may</span> <span m='17150'>have</span> <span m='17360'>experienced</span> <span m='17890'>a</span> <span m='17930'>brain</span> <span m='18240'>injury,</span> <span m='18740'>whether in a</span> <span m='19090'>car</span> <span m='19460'>accident,</span> <span m='19780'>a</span> <span m='20120'>fall,</span> <span m='21140'>in</span> <span m='21250'>sports,</span> <span m='23290'>and</span> <span m='23480'>in</span> <span m='23890'>any</span> <span m='24140'>realm</span> <span m='24600'>of</span> <span m='24770'>some</span> <span m='25110'>sort</span> <span m='25470'>of</span> <span m='25670'>injury</span> <span m='26250'>that</span> <span m='26480'>causes</span> <span m='26990'>them</span> <span m='27630'>to</span> <span m='27890'>have</span> <span m='28080'>a</span> <span m='28160'>brain</span> <span m='28540'>injury.</span> </p><p><span m='29130'>I</span> <span m='29430'>am a</span> <span m='29630'>clinical</span> <span m='30010'>social</span> <span m='30390'>worker,</span> <span m='31100'>so</span> <span m='31390'>I</span> <span m='31780'>go</span> <span m='32110'>and</span> <span m='32320'>speak</span> <span m='32950'>to</span> <span m='33060'>either</span> <span m='33790'>patients</span> <span m='34340'>who have</span> <span m='34460'>suffered</span> <span m='34910'>from a</span> <span m='35000'>brain</span> <span m='35260'>injury,</span> <span m='36040'>their</span> <span m='36280'>families</span> <span m='37510'>who are</span> <span m='37690'>taking</span> <span m='38010'>care</span> <span m='38360'>of</span> <span m='38440'>somebody</span> <span m='38750'>with</span> <span m='38870'>a</span> <span m='38910'>brain</span> <span m='39160'>injury,</span> <span m='39960'>or</span> <span m='40180'>people</span> <span m='40840'>who</span> <span m='40960'>are</span> <span m='41140'>involved</span> <span m='41700'>in</span> <span m='41780'>their</span> <span m='41970'>care.</span> <span m='42450'>So</span> <span m='43240'>therapists,</span> <span m='43910'>nurses,</span> <span m='44920'>insurance</span> <span m='45860'>companies,</span> <span m='46680'>attorneys,</span> <span m='47960'>anybody</span> <span m='48400'>who's</span> <span m='48890'>in</span> <span m='50434'>the</span> <span m='51400'>realm</span> <span m='52000'>of</span> <span m='52140'>helping</span> <span m='52700'>these</span> <span m='52960'>patients,</span> <span m='53440'>educating</span> <span m='54110'>them</span> <span m='54930'>on</span> <span m='55990'>the</span> <span m='56090'>problems</span> <span m='56740'>that</span> <span m='56910'>these</span> <span m='57150'>patients</span> <span m='57630'>will</span> <span m='57780'>have</span> <span m='58200'>and</span> <span m='58490'>what</span> <span m='58740'>problems</span> <span m='59130'>the</span> <span m='59220'>family</span> <span m='59700'>has</span> <span m='59910'>to</span> <span m='60010'>be</span> <span m='60160'>aware</span> <span m='60470'>of</span> <span m='60780'>so</span> <span m='61200'>that</span> <span m='61320'>they</span> <span m='61470'>understand</span> <span m='61900'>how</span> <span m='62330'>to take</span> <span m='62830'>care of the</span> <span m='63330'>individual.</span> </p><p><span m='64330'>I</span> <span m='64480'>have</span> <span m='64750'>a</span> <span m='64800'>bachelor's</span> <span m='65349'>degree</span> <span m='66030'>in</span> <span m='66530'>psychology</span> <span m='67380'>with an</span> <span m='67730'>emphasis</span> <span m='68530'>on</span> <span m='68990'>neuropsychology,</span> <span m='70470'>which</span> <span m='71330'>is</span> <span m='71490'>more</span> <span m='71820'>like,</span> <span m='72200'>well,</span> <span m='72410'>how does</span> <span m='72580'>the</span> <span m='72670'>brain</span> <span m='73050'>work,</span> <span m='73410'>the</span> <span m='73490'>physiological</span> <span m='74410'>part</span> <span m='74660'>of</span> <span m='74710'>the</span> <span m='74790'>brain.</span> <span m='75700'>So</span> <span m='75910'>when</span> <span m='76100'>there's</span> <span m='76420'>problems</span> <span m='76930'>going</span> <span m='77330'>on,</span> <span m='78030'>how</span> <span m='78600'>are</span> <span m='78740'>those</span> <span m='78990'>problems</span> <span m='79410'>affected</span> <span m='80150'>by</span> <span m='80300'>the</span> <span m='80400'>brain's</span> <span m='81380'>way</span> <span m='81710'>of</span> <span m='81810'>processing?</span> <span m='82940'>And</span> <span m='83320'>then</span> <span m='83440'>I</span> <span m='83510'>have</span> <span m='83710'>a</span> <span m='83780'>master's</span> <span m='84250'>degree</span> <span m='84840'>in</span> <span m='85110'>social</span> <span m='85580'>work</span> <span m='86370'>with</span> <span m='86480'>an</span> <span m='86560'>emphasis</span> <span m='87570'>in</span> <span m='88380'>rehabilitative</span> <span m='89380'>social</span> <span m='89770'>work,</span> <span m='90420'>which</span> <span m='90690'>means</span> <span m='91160'>that</span> <span m='91780'>you</span> <span m='91990'>work</span> <span m='92310'>with</span> <span m='92500'>other</span> <span m='92730'>therapists,</span> <span m='93350'>like</span> <span m='93520'>physical</span> <span m='93880'>therapists,</span> <span m='94480'>occupational</span> <span m='95160'>therapists,</span> <span m='95760'>doctors,</span> <span m='96400'>nurses</span> <span m='97740'>who</span> <span m='98400'>work</span> <span m='98750'>with</span> <span m='98940'>these</span> <span m='99110'>individuals</span> <span m='99620'>as</span> <span m='99790'>well.</span> </p><p><span m='100250'>For</span> <span m='100320'>the</span> <span m='100410'>last</span> <span m='100680'>20</span> <span m='100910'>years</span> <span m='101240'>I've</span> <span m='101350'>worked</span> <span m='101670'>in</span> <span m='101790'>the</span> <span m='101860'>hospital.</span> <span m='102950'>I've</span> <span m='103300'>worked</span> <span m='103540'>out</span> <span m='103770'>the</span> <span m='103840'>hospital,</span> <span m='105970'>just</span> <span m='106210'>in</span> <span m='106310'>different</span> <span m='106660'>avenues</span> <span m='107320'>associated</span> <span m='108120'>with</span> <span m='108240'>working</span> <span m='108670'>with</span> <span m='108810'>these</span> <span m='109020'>people</span> <span m='109370'>who have</span> <span m='109460'>brain</span> <span m='109630'>injuries.</span> <span m='111130'>For</span> <span m='111465'>high</span> <span m='111800'>school students</span> <span m='112430'>who's</span> <span m='112770'>interested</span> <span m='113360'>in</span> <span m='113460'>maybe</span> <span m='113710'>going</span> <span m='114110'>into</span> <span m='115020'>the</span> <span m='115120'>clinical</span> <span m='115610'>social</span> <span m='115990'>work</span> <span m='116200'>field,</span> <span m='116700'>my</span> <span m='116880'>advice</span> <span m='117330'>would</span> <span m='117450'>be</span> <span m='117810'>to</span> <span m='117960'>do</span> <span m='118770'>an</span> <span m='118890'>internship</span> <span m='119630'>or</span> <span m='119710'>some</span> <span m='119900'>volunteer</span> <span m='120590'>work</span> <span m='121880'>in</span> <span m='122220'>a</span> <span m='122280'>hospital,</span> <span m='123730'>in</span> <span m='124250'>a</span> <span m='124460'>resource</span> <span m='125070'>center,</span> <span m='125770'>in</span> <span m='125920'>a</span> <span m='125950'>nursing</span> <span m='126440'>home,</span> <span m='126790'>in a</span> <span m='126950'>convalescent</span> <span m='127550'>hospital,</span> <span m='127855'>in a</span> <span m='128160'>boarding</span> <span m='128660'>care.</span> </p><p><span m='129330'>Work</span> <span m='129919'>somewhere</span> <span m='130410'>where</span> <span m='130550'>there</span> <span m='130740'>are</span> <span m='131100'>people</span> <span m='132080'>with</span> <span m='132290'>medical</span> <span m='132750'>problems.</span> <span m='133450'>Because</span> <span m='134210'>I</span> <span m='134390'>know</span> <span m='134530'>for</span> <span m='134670'>myself,</span> <span m='135160'>the</span> <span m='135240'>first</span> <span m='135490'>time</span> <span m='135680'>I</span> <span m='135740'>walked</span> <span m='136100'>on</span> <span m='136210'>the</span> <span m='136310'>rehab</span> <span m='136720'>unit,</span> <span m='137395'>there was</span> <span m='137650'>a</span> <span m='137710'>smell</span> <span m='138290'>that</span> <span m='138410'>was</span> <span m='138550'>just</span> <span m='138910'>different</span> <span m='139590'>and</span> <span m='139790'>I</span> <span m='140070'>wasn't</span> <span m='140400'>used</span> <span m='140760'>to.</span> <span m='141270'>But</span> <span m='141470'>as</span> <span m='141700'>time</span> <span m='142000'>went</span> <span m='142130'>on,</span> <span m='142320'>I got</span> <span m='142570'>used</span> <span m='142850'>to</span> <span m='142970'>it.</span> <span m='143260'>But</span> <span m='143550'>kind</span> <span m='143760'>of</span> <span m='144200'>do</span> <span m='144340'>some</span> <span m='144530'>volunteer</span> <span m='145160'>work</span> <span m='145540'>or</span> <span m='145680'>an</span> <span m='145750'>internship</span> <span m='146450'>in</span> <span m='146600'>a</span> <span m='146650'>medical</span> <span m='147060'>setting</span> <span m='147440'>to</span> <span m='147570'>make</span> <span m='147770'>sure</span> <span m='148450'>that</span> <span m='148560'>it's</span> <span m='148730'>something</span> <span m='149050'>you</span> <span m='149140'>can</span> <span m='149310'>handle.</span> </p><p><span m='149760'>Because you</span> <span m='150070'>do</span> <span m='150280'>see</span> <span m='150680'>a</span> <span m='150760'>lot</span> <span m='151660'>of</span> <span m='151780'>very</span> <span m='152260'>sad</span> <span m='152750'>stories.</span> <span m='154400'>And</span> <span m='155180'>you</span> <span m='155370'>have</span> <span m='155540'>to</span> <span m='155640'>emotionally</span> <span m='156280'>be</span> <span m='156450'>able</span> <span m='157070'>to</span> <span m='157250'>handle</span> <span m='157720'>it.</span> <span m='157900'>So</span> <span m='158580'>my</span> <span m='158740'>advice</span> <span m='159100'>would</span> <span m='159210'>be</span> <span m='159360'>please,</span> <span m='160480'>volunteer</span> <span m='161070'>once</span> <span m='161340'>a</span> <span m='161410'>week.</span> <span m='162220'>Volunteer</span> <span m='162690'>once</span> <span m='162910'>a</span> <span m='162980'>month.</span> <span m='163970'>A</span> <span m='164250'>lot</span> <span m='164450'>of</span> <span m='164810'>hospitals</span> <span m='165530'>have</span> <span m='166740'>high</span> <span m='166930'>school</span> <span m='167340'>volunteer</span> <span m='167870'>programs.</span> <span m='168840'>Participate</span> <span m='169105'>in</span> <span m='169370'>it.</span> <span m='169890'>I'm</span> <span m='170000'>sure</span> <span m='170150'>you</span> <span m='170250'>get</span> <span m='170390'>credit</span> <span m='170720'>for it</span> <span m='170910'>in</span> <span m='170990'>high</span> <span m='171150'>school</span> <span m='171450'>too.</span> <span m='172050'>So</span> <span m='172350'>good</span> <span m='172650'>luck.</span> </p>","file":{"id":350868,"video_id":"3183999990001","name":"1950-Shirley-ClinicalSocialWorker1","duration":173384,"thumbnail_url":null}});