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Social Work Services

Mount Auburn's caring and compassionate social workers are fully prepared to assist you in dealing with many of the issues that may arise while you are a patient at our hospital, or while you are in the care of a Mount Auburn physician.

Social workers are available to hospitalized, clinic and emergency room patients, and to patients seen in our many doctors’ offices, as well. Their specialties include oncology, geriatrics, multiple sclerosis, women's health and critical care. Mount Auburn’s social workers have master’s degrees and have many years of clinical experience.

They are trained to treat you within the context of your environment by helping to remove barriers, including poverty, discrimination, abuse, addiction, physical illness, divorce, loss, unemployment, educational problems, disability, and mental illness, so you can cope more efficiently and function as healthily as possible.

Social workers will also connect you with the right resources, including support groups and services to help you lead your life to the fullest extent possible.

At Mount Auburn, we offer a number of resources, including crisis intervention and individual and group therapy, to help patients deal with issues such as disease diagnosis and loss.

Additionally, Mount Auburn's social workers may also:

  • Conduct assessments for potential domestic violence and neglect or abuse of an elder, child or disabled patient.
  • Assist with legal and ethical issues including guardianship, advanced directives or decisions regarding treatment.
  • Assist with financial and insurance concerns such as MassHealth, disability or prescription coverage.

Social Work services range from psychosocial assessments, support therapy and psychotherapy to facilitating patient access to community and financial services. Please call 617-499-5050 to learn more about how Mount Auburn's social workers can help you.

Other services include:

Life Resource Center – This outpatient clinic provides psychotherapy to Mount auburn Hospital patients. It is staffed by social workers who provide supportive treatment to patients and families dealing with a newly diagnosed or chronic illness. A staff psychiatrist is available for medication consultations. For additional information about the Life Resource Center please call Susan Darby, LICSW at 617-499-5665 x 4069.

Women's Health Liaison Service - This team collaborates with a consulting psychiatrist to provide social and mental health treatment to patients of Mount Auburn Hospital affiliated women's health providers. Services focus on meeting the challenges that women face in the context of their reproductive functioning, including support for pregnancy and the postpartum period, infertility and miscarriage. For more information, call the Social Work Department at 617-499-5050 (Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm)

A variety of support groups are offered for individuals and families coping with a cancer diagnosis. Please visit our Cancer Patient Caregiver and Support page or call the Social Work Department (617-499-5050) for current information.

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