Clinical Social Worker vs. Clinical Psychologist
April 22, 2005 12:16 PM Subscribe
Clinical social worker and clinical psychologist. What might the functional differences in treatment be between the two professions?
posted by Netzapper to health & fitness (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm suffering from suicidical depression, and finally decided I couldn't handle it alone, or even with the support of friends. As such, I went to my university's counseling services department to get a referral to a therapist. I was hoping to find a psychologist, but after the triage shrink called around to her friends, one could not be located with space in their schedule.
I've been referred to a clinical social worker at my university (although the assumption is that I will be seeing him at his private practice). I suppose this is good, since I've found somebody. But, the problem is, I read the words "social worker", and I immediately have a set of images in my head that do not at all sound like somebody I could relate to. I've set up an appointment, but I'm trying to convince myself to give him a chance (i.e. open up, tell him the truth, etc.)... but, the title/degree makes me very wary of him.
Basically, the lack of a PhD makes me seriously question his competence, in the same way that I question the competence of a chiropractor or homeopathist. I know it's petty, but it's my mind.