Social Workers in Illinois

Chicago (2560)McHenry (529)Champaign (313)Evanston (256)Naperville (223)
Oak Park (189)Rockford (182)Skokie (174)Aurora (159)Peoria (146)Hines (143)Wheaton (136)Springfield (135)Danville (115)Northbrook (109)Elgin (106)Waukegan (97)Berwyn (95)Park Ridge (92)Arlington Heights (90)Joliet (81)Northfield (78)Woodstock (75)North Chicago (74)Bloomington (73)Oak Brook (72)Orland Park (72)Quincy (72)Crystal Lake (69)Elk Grove Village (67)Schaumburg (64)Hinsdale (62)Dekalb (58)Hoffman Estates (56)Marion (55)Highland Park (52)Glenview (51)Geneva (50)Libertyville (50)Wilmette (50)Downers Grove (48)Rock Island (48)Des Plaines (47)Dixon (46)Barrington (45)Lombard (42)Plainfield (42)St Charles (42)Alton (41)Decatur (41)Buffalo Grove (39)Gurnee (38)Belleville (37)Moline (37)Oak Lawn (36)Normal (35)Watseka (35)Carbondale (34)Matteson (34)Glen Ellyn (32)Urbana (32)Franklin Park (31)Palatine (31)Lisle (30)Mount Vernon (30)Vernon Hills (29)Antioch (28)Lake Bluff (28)Ottawa (28)West Frankfort (28)Yorkville (28)Homewood (27)Elmhurst (26)Melrose Park (26)Batavia (25)Tinley Park (25)Western Springs (25)Mount Prospect (24)Palos Hills (24)Pekin (24)Saint Charles (24)Deerfield (23)Granite City (23)Grayslake (23)Palos Heights (23)Sterling (23)Bolingbrook (22)Freeport (22)Niles (22)La Grange (21)Sycamore (21)Winnetka (21)Bloomingdale (20)Savoy (20)Collinsville (19)Cicero (18)Lake Forest (18)Lake Villa (18)Mattoon (18)Oswego (18)Winfield (18)La Salle (17)Swansea (17)Flossmoor (16)Jacksonville (16)Lincolnwood (16)Morris (16)South Holland (16)West Dundee (16)Carterville (15)Edwardsville (15)New Lenox (15)Olympia Fields (15)Blue Island (14)Cary (14)Galesburg (14)Herrin (14)O Fallon (14)Romeoville (14)Bourbonnais (13)Forest Park (13)Kankakee (13)Oak Forest (13)Westchester (13)Westmont (13)Frankfort (12)Loves Park (12)Mundelein (12)Rochelle (12)Countryside (11)Effingham (11)Glen Carbon (11)Lake Zurich (11)Maryville (11)Maywood (11)Metropolis (11)Paxton (11)Centralia (10)Chicago Heights (10)Evergreen Park (10)Fairview Heights (10)Glencoe (10)Greenville (10)Hazel Crest (10)South Elgin (10)Wheeling (10)Mokena (9)Murphysboro (9)North Aurora (9)Oakbrook Terrace (9)Pontiac (9)Rock Falls (9)Roscoe (9)Addison (8)Anna (8)Gibson City (8)Lemont (8)Morton (8)Mount Carmel (8)Pittsfield (8)Princeton (8)Warrenville (8)Bradley (7)Burr Ridge (7)Great Lakes (7)Villa Park (7)Washington (7)Carlinville (6)Channahon (6)Crest Hill (6)Fairfield (6)Huntley (6)La Grange Park (6)Lansing (6)Lincoln (6)Monticello (6)Oregon (6)Roselle (6)Scott Afb (6)Scott Air Force Base (6)Streator (6)Taylorville (6)Venedy (6)Vienna (6)Waterloo (6)Willowbrook (6)Algonquin (5)Arlington Hts (5)Canton (5)Columbia (5)Du Quoin (5)East Peoria (5)Energy (5)Harrisburg (5)Hillsboro (5)Homer Glen (5)Lake In the Hills (5)Lincolnshire (5)Macomb (5)Mahomet (5)Minooka (5)Paris (5)Peoria Heights (5)Riverside (5)Streamwood (5)West Peoria (5)Bannockburn (4)Belvidere (4)Broadview (4)Clinton (4)Galena (4)Gillespie (4)Harvey (4)Hickory Hills (4)Itasca (4)Jerseyville (4)Johnsburg (4)Lindenhurst (4)Long Grove (4)Marengo (4)Mount Carroll (4)River Forest (4)Sandwich (4)Vandalia (4)Wood River (4)Woodridge (4)Aledo (3)Bartlett (3)Calumet City (3)Carmi (3)Centreville (3)Chatham (3)Chillicothe (3)East Saint Louis (3)Eldorado (3)Hanover Park (3)Highland (3)Lawrenceville (3)Mt Prospect (3)Newton (3)Norris City (3)Olney (3)Red Bud (3)Rolling Meadows (3)Shelbyville (3)Sparta (3)Summit Argo (3)Troy (3)Zion (3)

Learn more about Social Workers

A social worker specializes in helping individuals, couples, families and groups tackle many kinds of problems and situations. Social workers work within the context of a person’s environment and life situation. They help people cope with and overcome the challenges of psychological problems, serious illnesses, social and economic problems, life crises and transitions, and difficulties in school, work and relationships. 

There are two general types of social workers, direct-service social workers and clinical social workers. Clinical social workers are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A clinical social worker is also known as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

In contrast, direct-service social workers do not diagnose or treat disorders, but work to help people with an illness or otherwise difficult situation cope and achieve their goals. Direct-service social workers identify a client’s needs, strengths, goals and challenges; make plans to help a client improve coping skills and quality of life; and follow up with clients to assess their progress and the effectiveness of plans. A direct-service social worker may be known as a licensed social worker (LSW) in states that require licensure.

The practice of a social worker varies depending on if he or she is a direct-service social worker or a clinical social worker, his or her education and specialty, and the type of setting and client. In general, a social worker may:

  • Assess a client’s needs, challenges, support systems, and resources

  • Identify or diagnose mental and emotional disorders and life challenges. A LCSW diagnoses and treats mental, emotional and behavioral disorders with therapy.

  • Develop treatment or action plans to help clients, and re-evaluate and modify plans as needed

  • Help a client access needed resources and organizations

  • Advocate for a client

  • Provide individual, group, family, and couples or marriage counseling

  • Teach and support strategies for behavior changes, coping skills, and therapeutic techniques, such as breathing techniques and the use of visual imagery

  • Collaborate, refer and consult with other professionals, such as psychiatrists, teachers and psychologists

  • Maintain strict patient confidentiality, unless patients are at risk of hurting themselves or others or the provider has a legal obligation to share information

  • Commit patients involuntarily in emergency situations

Social workers may also be known by the following names: direct-service social worker, licensed social worker (LSW), clinical social worker, licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), child social worker, therapist, or counselor.

There are 10023 specialists practicing Social Work in Illinois with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 37 hospitals in Illinois with affiliated Social Work specialists, including Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Edward Hospital - Main Campus and Presence Mercy Medical Center.