National Social Work Month - William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital


National Social Work Month

Madison VA Social Work Staff

Madison VA Social Work Staff

By Stephanie Schilling, MSSW and Courtney Steinhafel, MSSW
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Since 1926, when the U.S. Veterans Bureau established a Social Work Section, social workers in the VA have been assisting Veterans and their families and making a difference.  Nationally, that first year  the social work staffing was 14 and but  now numbers over 10,000.

March is National Professional Social Work Month and the perfect opportunity to celebrate the important role of social workers here at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital and Outpatient Clinics.

The Social Work and Chaplain Service mission is to  provide the highest quality Social Work Services to eligible veterans and their families by optimizing their psychosocial functioning in the environment; to facilitate and conduct healthcare research; to educated other health professionals; and to provide education and supervision to Social Work Trainees.

Social Workers are Available to Assist if You and Your Family are:

  • Needing assistance to locate VA, community resources, services or benefits.
  • Having difficulty coping with your illness, injury, and/or treatments.
  • Dealing with financial, housing or employment problems.
  • Anticipating / adjusting to hospitalization.
  • Encountering family or marital problems.
  • Feeling depressed or concerned about your life situation.
  • Facing problems with alcohol or drugs.
  • Considering a living will and/or durable power of attorney for health care.
  • Needing assistance to plan for your hospital discharge.
  • Experiencing difficulties communicating with family members, other patients, and/or the health care team.
  • Needing assistance to plan for nursing home placement or transfer to another health care facility.

The 2013 national Social Work Month Theme is: “Weaving Threads of Resilience and Advocacy.” Social Work is truly the profession of hope. They help others explore their natural resiliency, find the strength to overcome barriers and succeed through advocacy. If you know a Veteran or a Veteran's family member who is struggling, please do not hesitate to refer them to the Social Work and Chaplain Service.


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