Social Work:

Hours of Service:

Mondays through Thursdays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Jessie Brown - (519) 235-2700 extension 5143

Out Patient Services

Social work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the
community to resolve problems. Social work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and
domestic violence.

Social workers provide direct services to individuals, couples, families, and groups
in the form of counselling, crisis intervention, and therapy, as well as advocacy,
coordination of resources, and case management.

The emotional well-being and mental health of the client is of utmost concern to
Social Work.

Our Social Worker provides individual counselling for clients who are struggling with
various mental health difficulties and struggles in their lives such as depression, anxiety, relationship complications, adjustment to illness/disability & managing stress, just to
name a few.

If our Social Worker cannot meet the clients need she will ensure that the appropriate
links are made to resources available in the community.

Referrals to Social Work can be made by the individual themselves, a doctor or another healthcare provider in the community.

Inpatient and Family Services

The role of social workers in an interdisciplinary team is to provide the psychosocial perspective to complement the biomedical perspective.

Working in concert with doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals, social workers sensitize other health care providers to the social and emotional aspects of a patient’s
illness. Hospital social workers use case management skills to help patients and their
families address and resolve the social, financial and psychological problems related to
their health condition. Job functions that our social worker might perform within our
hospital include:

• Helping patients/families adjust to hospital admission; possible role changes; exploring emotional/social responses to illness and treatment;

• Educating patients on the roles of health care team members; assisting patients and
families in communicating with one another and to members of health care team;
interpreting information;

• Educating patients on the levels of health care (i.e. acute, rehab, home care);
entitlements and community resources

• Facilitating decision making on behalf of patients and families;

• Employing crisis Intervention;

• Providing or making referrals for individual or family psychotherapy;

• Educating hospital staff on patient psychosocial issues;

• Promoting communication and collaboration among health care team members;

• Ensuring communication and understanding about post-hospital care among patient,
family and health care team members;

• Coordinating patient discharge and continuity of care planning

Community Resource Guide

A Community Resource Guide was compiled by the hospital Social Worker as a way of assisting patients and their families that are in need of support during difficult times.

Ontario South West Local Integration Network Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre Huron County Health Unit South Huron Hospital Foundation Ontario Hospital Association