- Nov 12, 2010
What do psychologists do? Often, they do assessment and provide psychotherapy, typically for the more wealthy clientele. What about social workers? And why would anyone go to see a private social worker as opposed to hospital one? Social workers don't do psychological assessments but I believe they can provide psychotherapy. They also help their clients access various social services and resources available in the community (disability, health, etc). What am I missing? I know very little about social workers in private practice and I would appreciate some info. What does your typical day look like? Do you spend a lot of time on the phone trying to get people connected with the right organization? Though I have great respect for the kind of work social workers do for our society and the poor and marginalized, I wonder if it--based on my limited knowledge of the field--is intellectually challenging and satisfying. My training in psychology provided me with more than enough intellectual stimulation and I would like to hear from the other side.