What is the difference between a Social Worker, Psychologist and Psychiatrist?
Some might ask the question, “am I seeing the right mechanic for my problem?”
Psychiatrists and psychologists address the physical hard wiring, write pathological assessments and prescribe medication. For them to be effective, they need to be provided with expert observations and recommendations. Social workers provide ongoing contact and communication allowing us to understand the theoretical and focus on the practical which supports the team.
- Look at historic, economic, environmental, biological and behavioural issues to name just a few.
- Look at strengths and determine what is working and what might work differently.
- Advocate for the individual and for systemic change.
- Coach individuals to make change of their own free will.
- Teach people to modify their lives to improve their quality of life.
- Stand with people and provide temporary supports like a hand rail or bannister. (read the poem ‘Footprints in the Sand’)
- Help people to have the courage to take risks to make the changes that will improve their lives.
- Help people to figure out for themselves what they can do for themselves and what, when and who they might ask for help.
- With client consent, share information with doctors so that the doctors can make better decisions about the medication to be prescribed.