The social workers within the Center for Autism and Related Disorders support families and individuals to develop a plan that ensures success in the home, in the classroom and in the community.

What is clinical social work?

Clinical social work is a mental health profession that has a primary focus on the emotional, social, and behavioral well-being of individuals, couples, families and groups. It involves a family-centered approach to psychotherapy and the client’s relationship to his or her environment. Clinical social workers within CARD use a strengths-based approach to support families and individuals to develop a plan that ensures success in the home, in the classroom, and in the community.

What is a clinical social work evaluation?

A clinical social work evaluation at CARD is a supportive assessment of the strengths and challenges currently impacting an individual with autism spectrum disorder.  The evaluation takes into consideration the mental health symptoms, medical needs and environment surrounding the child. Every effort is made to fully include the individual with autism throughout the evaluation.

How can the social work evaluation results be used?

Clinicians will help caregivers develop a better understanding of their child’s mental health and medical diagnoses.  They can provide information for medical, educational, and treatment planning.  Clinicians may clarify the need for additional individual and/or family therapy and related services.  Additionally, they can assist families in navigating their children’s developmental needs and healthcare transitions

What services are offered by the social work providers?

  • Individual Therapy: Individual treatment designed to target specific areas of concern (i.e. anxiety, mood, attention and emotional regulation) for children, ages 4-17
  • Group Therapy: Small-group, short-term treatment for children, adolescents, and parents that seeks to increase awareness and improve specific skills to achieve participants’ goals.
  • Family Therapy, with the patient:  Counseling designed to support overall family functioning, building on family strengths and attachments, and/or cope with recent changes or ongoing areas of difficulties
  • Family Therapy, without the patient: Supportive treatment for caregivers to develop new routines and strategies to respond to their child’s emotional, behavioral, social, and medical needs. Caregivers may also wish to meet together to address concerns and work on problem-solving, in order to enhance the caregivers’ ability to parent their child.
  • Care Coordination: This service involves working with caregivers to plan, seek, and advocate for required resources that will support the family in caring for their child.