Announcing a New Credential

The Certified Clinical Social Worker – Mechanical Circulatory Support (CCSW-MCS) credential has been available since January 1, 2015. Applications are being accepted currently. This credential is for social workers working in transplant/MCS programs or standalone MCS programs. Qualifications are listed on the application.  If you have any questions, please email Jan Hart at

Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker Credential

The Society launched the Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker (CCTSW) Credential in 2009. The credential recognizes transplant clinicians who have met strict eligibility requirements encompassing education, licensure, experience and peer recommendations.

Purpose Statement

The purposes of the Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker credential are:

  • to recognize individuals who have met professional standards and who possess clinical expertise based on specialized knowledge, skills, and experience in transplantation
  • to help members of the Society for Transplant Social Workers distinguish themselves in today’s competitive market
  • to enhance professional and public recognition
  • to reassure patients and their families of professional social work services specific to transplantation
  • to increase awareness of transplant social work as a highly specialized, professional classification of clinical social work
  • to provide a mechanism for the attainment of a professional distinction and expertise
  • to promote professionalism within the transplant social work community
Core Functions

The core functions of a Certified Clinical Transplant Social Worker are as follows:

  • psychosocial assessment and psychosocial diagnosis – of living donors and transplant recipients pre- and post-transplant
  • psychosocial interventions, treatment planning, implementation, and coordination
  • psychotherapy and/or counseling on issues related to:
    • adjustment to disability and chronic illness
    • adjustment to machine dependency
    • adjustment to life-threatening or terminal illness
    • end of life care
    • adherence to one’s medical treatment plan
    • preparation for the waiting period
    • donors
    • financial challenges
    • rehabilitation, including physical, emotional, and social issues
  • crisis intervention
  • case planning, case management, resource management, care planning
  • patient advocacy, resource brokering, and information and referral services
  • continuity of care planning, including reassessment and evaluation
  • admission diversion planning
  • patient and family health education to maximize patient wellness and graft survival
  • interdisciplinary collaboration and consultation
  • documentation, report writing, and record keeping
  • discharge planning and coordination
  • program development and resource development
  • clinical research and publishing

For any credentialing questions not answered in the application or information pages, please feel free to contact us at

Read the UNOS Update article regarding the credential.

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