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Social Work Month 2020

March 3, 2020

The official theme for Social Work Month in March 2020 is “Social Workers: Generations Strong.”

 

Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.

 

Our nation’s almost 700,000 social workers have amazing tenacity and talent.

 

They confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.

In hospice care, the social worker is an important member of the team. Their insights, support, and recommendations can vastly improve the experience of the patient and his or her family.

The Role of a Social Worker

Medical social workers are experts in evaluating the well-being and emotional status of individuals in the health care system and their families. They are also trained in a variety of techniques to help manage emotional distress, provide resources, and support the wishes of the patient. Some social workers have training in stress management techniques and can help patients and family members express and cope with their emotions.

How Social Workers Help With End-of-Life Care

Social workers have in-depth knowledge and expertise in working with ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity; family and support networks; multidimensional symptom management; bereavement; interdisciplinary practice; interventions across the life cycle; and navigating health care systems. They are concerned with enhancing the quality of life and promoting well-being for patients, families, and caregivers.

We celebrate the contributions of all social workers during National Social Work Month in March.


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