Lessons from a Social Worker

Real Life of an MSW

I am a clinical social-worker who wears several different hats. I find these eight tips Managing Caseloads to be universal and easily tailored throughout the profession. Are there tips you would add?


1. Review each case that is inherited and write a summary paragraph.  The summary should include the date the child(ren) were last seen by a social worker, any recommendations given by a professional, any services placed in the home or for a particular household member, the family’s response to service intervention, and any court action or other pertinent information. This will help in developing a strategy for serving the family and serve as a quick review for each case.

2. Staff each case with an immediate supervisor for an outside view and directive measures.  Utilize the supervisor as an agency and policy expert. Follow all suggestions and directives.

3. Ensure that all critical issues are managed by the…

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