Now accepting telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.
Skip to main content

Social Work Services Specialist

The Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research

Hematologists & Infusion Therapy Clinics located in Hollywood, FL & Jacksonville, FL

Individuals with psychosocial disabilities often experience a lack of support when seeking disability assistance. At The Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research in Homestead, Orlando, Lakeland, Jacksonville, Belle Glade, Tallahassee, and Hollywood, Florida, Gershwin Blyden, MD, PhD, FCP, FACP, and the team of hematologists provide comprehensive social work services, including psychosocial support for the disability application and appeal process. To schedule an appointment, call The Foundation for Sickle Cell Research or book online now.

Social Work Services Q & A

What are social work services?

Social work services refer to the care a patient and their family receive for the non-clinical side of health care. The primary role of social work is to provide patients and their families with the emotional and personal support they need in stressful situations. 

A social worker may also help patients navigate the logistical aspects of their care, such as assisting in filling out forms.

Who can benefit from social work services?

The Foundation for Sickle Cell Research provides telehealth support for a variety of psychosocial conditions, including:

Chronic diseases

Chronic diseases like sickle cell disease, lupus, and Crohn’s disease can all impact your psychosocial abilities to the point of disability.


Schizophrenia is a mental health disorder that causes hallucinations, changes in speech, delusions, scattered thoughts, and other potentially debilitating symptoms. Once diagnosed, schizophrenia requires lifelong care.

Anxiety disorders

While anxiety disorders — which cause intense feelings of worry and dread — are often manageable, many require substantial psychosocial assistance. Panic disorder, agoraphobia, and selective mutism are just a few anxiety disorders that can interfere with your ability to work, study, and participate in activities you enjoy. 

Eating disorders

Eating disorders are extremely complex and difficult to treat. In severe cases, an eating disorder can become a disability. Anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder can impact your overall quality of life. Many eating disorder patients find it difficult to thrive without the support of social work services.

Somatoform disorders

Individuals with somatoform disorders experience unexplainable pain. The pain can be severe and, because there is no connection to an explainable medical condition, the diagnosis and treatment process can be physically and emotionally grueling.

What services can social work provide?

In addition to telehealth mental health counseling, social skills training, and care management, the social work providers at The Foundation for Sickle Cell Research offer disability application assistance. 

Seeking disability with a psychosocial disorder can be challenging. Support from a trained medical professional helps ensure you can get the assistance you need. If your disability application is rejected, your provider can help you with the appeal process.

To learn more about the telehealth psychosocial support, disability, and other social work services offered by The Foundation for Sickle Cell Research, call or schedule an appointment online today.