Recognizing the responsibility to participate in the training of professional social workers, the Department of Social Work is affiliated with the Boston University School of Social Work, Boston College School of Social Work, Smith College School of Social Work, Simmons College School of Social Work and Salem State School of Social Work.
Social work interns have the opportunity to work with patients, families and groups from a variety of social, cultural, emotional and economic backgrounds in a Medical-Surgical and/or OB/Gyn division. The social work intern provides psychosocial assessments, diagnosis, treatment, discharge planning and community follow-up during the course of the patient’s illness. Experience is gained in providing services to both hospital inpatients and outpatients. The intern will be expected to formulate, coordinate and implement the psychosocial component of the patient/family care plan through collaboration with physicians, nurses, other health professionals and community resources.
Twenty-four hours/week spent at Brigham and Women’s Hospital of which approximately 16-18 hours is devoted to activities directly related to patient care. This includes direct patient/family contact, consultation/collaboration with other professionals within and outside the hospital and with community agencies. The intern carries 10-15 patients and co-leads a specialty support group.
In addition to clinical opportunities, the social work intern has weekly individual supervision, weekly educational student seminars, student support group, psychiatry rounds and presenting cases for consultation.
The student supervisor is the major educational resource to the student in field placement. They formulate and evaluate the student learning needs and develop an educational contract.
The social work intern is oriented to the various medical/surgical and OB/Gyn Divisions by the social worker assigned to that specialty area. They will serve as a consultant to the intern and supervisor on psychosocial issues pertinent to the care of patients and families.
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