Are social workers trained to treat schizophrenia?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Social workers are often a very important part of the team of mental health workers helping people with schizophrenia. Some social workers help with daily life management, helping people with schizophrenia to secure social services, insurance, or sources of income. They may assist with housing and money management issues. Some social workers have a bachelor's degree, while most social workers hold a master's degree (M.S.W.). Typically, the social workers who work in psychiatric settings, with people who have schizophrenia, hold master's degrees and licenses (L.C.S.W.). These licensed clinical social workers are licensed to conduct individual and group therapy with schizophrenia patients. Social workers are not able to prescribe medications to patients.

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