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Medical Social Work: Integrating Psychotherapy Into Very Brief Interactions



Medical social workers are more challenged than ever due to understaffing, burnout, high hospital census, and increased co-occurring mental health concerns due to the COVID pandemic. In many settings, medical social work prioritizes complex discharges and quick behavioral interventions, leaving little time for clinical work with patients and families. Using current research and real-life case studies, this training will help social workers at all levels of experience to find opportunities to integrate psychotherapy into very brief interactions at the hospital bedside or in a busy ambulatory clinic.

For experienced social workers, it will provide an opportunity to process work challenges and add to or refresh the social work skill set. For new social workers, or social workers looking to make a career change, this training will provide insight into the role of medical social worker and how to tailor social work practice to very brief interventions in a medical setting.


About the Instructor:

Odessa Holt is a public health social work professional and a graduate of the Boston University Schools of Social Work and the Boston University School of Public Health. She has over 20 years of experience working in healthcare as a medical social worker, trainer, clinical supervisor, and manager. Ms. Holt is known as a flexible and accessible leader who fosters positive workplace interactions, and her training style is inclusive, interactive, and solution-focused. Most recently, Ms. Holt worked as a manager for the Massachusetts COVID Community Tracing Collaborative, where she witnessed incredible resilience in the workplace and gained valuable experience in change management and pandemic response. Ms. Holt is now a Certified Trainer in The Network for Professional Education’s Trainers Hub. You can learn more about Ms. Holt in her Trainers Hub Profile.


  • Describe the benefits of brief psychotherapy in medical settings.
  • Apply the use of psychotherapeutic interventions to individuals and families in the hospital and the healthcare workers who support them
  • Determine where psychotherapy can be applied and which populations will benefit.
  • Integrate psychotherapy into family-centered care and discharge planning.

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