Throughout March, Lake Regional Health System's Social Work Services department joins social workers nationwide to increase awareness of their profession. This year's theme, "Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy: The Power of Social Work," seeks to showcase the efforts of more than 650,000 professional social workers in America.
"As the profession of hope, we help people daily to overcome poverty, inequality, insecurity, fear, violence, trauma, loss and pain," said Susan Major, MSW, LCSW, director of Social Work Services at Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach. "It's rewarding to help people navigate life's toughest challenges to find hope and new options for maximum social functioning."
Social workers are highly trained professionals who help people cope with issues in their everyday lives, manage relationships and solve personal and family problems. They have a vital role in hospitals, schools, mental health clinics and other areas in our community.
Some social workers help clients facing disabilities, life-threatening diseases or social problems. Others assist families with domestic conflicts involving children or spousal abuse, conduct research, advocate for improved services or provide assistance with policy development.
At Lake Regional, Major and fellow social workers MaDonna Leinbach, BASW, LCSW; Nichole Stephens, BSW; Karyn Beth, LBSW; and Jamie Wilson, LMSW, are part of a multidisciplinary team. They provide access to community referrals, assist with advanced directives, help patients and families cope with psychosocial issues and coordinate appropriate discharge planning. They also help patients and families adjust to illness, loss and the grieving process.
To become a social worker, individuals must earn a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree in social work. Licensed clinical social workers also must complete 3,000 hours of supervised work for a minimum of two years under a current LCSW and pass the licensure exam.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake area. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a two-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional also operates primary care, urgent care, specialty and rehab therapy clinics, retail pharmacies and home health services throughout the lake area. To learn more, visit lakeregional.com.