Medical Social Work Program
The medical social workers at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin are a team of Master's prepared professionals (MSW), either clinically licensed or certified. Social Work Services is an integral part of the health care team. The primary purpose of a social worker in the medical setting is to recognize the strengths, styles and goals of each family in an effort to encourage and empower them as advocates in their child's health care.
Social workers serve in many different capacities and provide many different services in the hospital, emergency room and outpatient clinics. Social Work services are free of charge to our patients and families.
- Support when adjusting to a new diagnosis or chronic illness.
- Assistance with financial, insurance or community resources.
- Support with transitioning to adult health care.
- Answers to guardianship questions.
- Linking a child's school and health care team.
- Coordinating services outside of the hospital with a patient's health care team.
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How to contact Social Work at Children's Hospital
After business hours, contact the hospital operator at (414) 266-2000 and ask to speak with the social worker on-call.
Social Work Services is available, as needed, 24 hours per day.
Opportunities for students
Social Work Services is committed to providing quality field instruction for students in MSW training/education. The program is affiliated with the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Graduate students interested in a field placement at Children's Hospital should contact their field liaison at the University.