CAN A SOCIAL WORKER HELP ME?
Social workers deal with everyday issues affecting everyone. They help people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels find solutions to problems that impact their day-today lives. Social workers look at all aspects of a person’s life (personal, family, work or schools and community) and this can prove especially useful in complex situations.
WHAT SERVICES DO SOCIAL WORKERS PROVIDE?
Social workers provide a variety of services that include counselling and psychotherapy related to such issues as: relationship problems, managing stress, anxiety and depression, addictions, adjusting to life crises, abuse/bullying, suicide prevention, grief and loss, and pressures related to being a caregiver. They also help people connect to important resources.
WHERE CAN I FIND SOCIAL WORKERS?
Services provided by social workers are available through many publicly funded services, e.g., family services agencies, hospitals and community health clinics, mental health settings, school boards, correctional institutions, and seniors’ services. For information, dial “211” or visit www.211ontario.ca. Some workplaces also cover social work services through employee group benefits plans or Employee Assistance Plans. To find a social worker in private practice in your area, visit www.FindASocialWorker.ca.
WHAT EDUCATION AND TRAINING DO SOCIAL WORKERS HAVE?
Social workers have university degrees in social work. This could be a: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); Masters in Social Work (MSW); or a Doctorate in Social Work (PhD/ DSW). Social workers also may have additional training in specialized areas of practice. Social work practice is regulated by the Ontario government and only Registered Social Workers (RSWs) can call themselves a “Social Worker”.