Social Workers

(NOC 4152)

Career Description

Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services. Social workers also respond to other social needs such as unemployment, racism and poverty.

Duties May Include

Community and Social Service Workers:

Interview clients to obtain case histories, assess skills, and prepare intake reports;

Assess and investigate clients' eligibility for social benefits, and assist/advise clients regarding social assistance/pensions;

Assist clients to sort out options, develop plans of action, and direct them in locating/using other social services;

Counsel clients living in group homes/halfway houses, supervise their activities, and assist in pre-release/release planning;

Provide crisis intervention and emergency shelter services;

Implement programs such as life skills workshops, substance abuse treatment, and youth services under the supervision of social workers or health care professionals;

Assist in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs.

Examples of Titles

Addiction Social Worker
Case Management Consultant
Case Worker
Child Welfare Social Worker
Family Social Worker
Geriatric Social Worker
Medical Social Worker
Psychiatric Social Worker
Social Work Supervisor
Social Worker

Where They Work

Social workers work alone or in teams in hospitals, clinics, school boards, social service agencies, child welfare organizations, correctional facilities, community agencies, employee assistance programs and aboriginal band councils. They may also work in private practice.

Here are some schools that have programs related to this career:

University of Guelph-Humber
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Family and Community Social Services Bachelor; Honours
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Service Worker (Intensive) Diploma
Social Service Worker Diploma
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Booth University College
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Work Bachelor
Bachelor of Social Work After-Degree Bachelor
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Canadore College
North Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Social Service Worker Diploma
Social Service Worker - Gerontology Diploma
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Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Bachelor of Social Work Bachelor
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Modified on May 20, 2012