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UF Health Shands social workers offer a variety of services to pediatric patients and their families. Social workers are available to all pediatric patients and work intensively in many highly specialized medical areas, such as organ transplant teams, pediatric oncology, pediatric intensive care and many others. We work as part of the pediatric patient's healthcare team, with medical staff, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, case managers, nutritionists, Child Life and other professionals.

We are also available in areas where both adults and children are treated. We have a total of 31 master's level social workers, the majority of whom are Florida licensed clinical social workers.


Counselors are available to discuss concerns, provide support and explore solutions.

  • Individual, family, and group counseling
  • Problem solving
  • Stress management
  • Crisis intervention
  • Support and educational groups

Environmental Management

Social workers can help with discharge planning and referrals to community agencies.

  • HomeCare agencies
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Sponsorship agencies
  • Parenting programs
  • Specialized support groups
  • Community mental health centers

Concrete Services

  • Obtaining resources
  • Housing assistance
  • Transportation assistance
  • Emergency financial assistance


For more information, visit the UF Health Shands Children's Hospital location page.