About Social Work at Upstate

The mission of the Social Work profession is a set of core values:
  • Service, upholding the dignity and worth of the person
  • Appreciating the importance of human relationships
  • Maintaining integrity and competence
  • Curbing social injustice

Hospital Social Workers collaborate with patient care teams and integrate these core values utilizing principles and standards to guide ethical decision-making. Social Workers' primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.

Upstate Medical University Social Workers are required to have a Master of Social Work degree and a New York State License (LMSW). In addition to the LMSW some Social Work Staff members have achieved a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker -R (LCSW-R) status.