A clinical social worker is a licensed healthcare professional trained to help patients with life's most difficult situations. As integral members of the healthcare team, social workers collaborate with other practitioners to identify the psychosocial needs of each patient throughout his or her care.
Our social worker can help patients and their families understand and cope with the medical, psychological, and social issues related to their illness. This involves assisting patients in effectively communicating with their healthcare team and ensuring participation in their individual plan of care. Our social worker offers emotional support, patient advocacy, and guidance.
Social work services are available for all patients with digestive diseases and disorders at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. For pediatric patients, our social worker works closely with pediatric physicians, navigators, and psychologists to care for our youngest patients and their parents. Social work is also available to guide pediatric patients as they transition to adult programs and prepare for college.
Our social worker is also available to meet with patients during chemotherapy infusion sessions and coordinate care with the oncology team. Patients having difficulty adjusting to life with an ostomy or a new digestive diagnosis have access to a social worker for support, guidance, and the development of coping skills. For patients and families preparing for surgery or changing the goals of care, our social worker is available to assist with family meetings to enhance communication, provide education about home care services, and teach patients and families how to access resources within their own communities.
Our clinical social worker offer many services, including:
Sofia Rivkin-Haas, LMSW, is a licensed master social worker specifically dedicated to the Center for Advanced Digestive Care. She provides concrete services and supportive counseling to patients and their families. Sofia has a range of interests in the field of social work, including domestic violence, substance abuse, and general mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. She has experience working with both children and adults. Prior to joining the CADC, Sofia interned at the Employee Assistance Program at Weill Cornell Medical College and at the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research.