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Social Work Mission and Objectives

The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession's focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

Social workers promote social justice and social change with and on behalf of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.  Social workers are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity, and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice. Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs. Social workers also seek to promote the responsiveness of organizations, communities, and other social institutions to individuals' needs and social problems.

The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values:

  • Service
  • Social Justice
  • Dignity and worth of the person
  • Importance of human relationships
  • Integrity
  • Competence

This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession.

The mission of the JHH Psychiatry Social Work Department is to provide the highest standard of care for our patients with the goal of maximizing the gains of their hospitalization. We recognize that the impact of a psychiatric illness affects multiple aspects of a patient's life as well as the lives of family members. We strive to help patients adapt, cope and make changes that will help them to live as fully as possible within their communities.

To fulfill this mission the Department of Psychiatry Social Work has the following objectives:

  1. Provide psychosocial assessments of all patients
  2. Provide individual, group, and family therapy as deemed appropriate for the patient's specific illness and treatment.
  3. Provide support and information, (education, updates, etc.), to both patients and family members as they begin the process of adapting to a mental illness
  4. Advocate for patients on patients’ behalf during illness and as a support.
  5. Provide interdisciplinary team members the psychosocial information essential to the development of the optimal plan of care after discharge
  6. Make available any known resources that will enable a patient to maintain or improve his/her quality of life
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