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About The Profession of Social Work


What is social work?

Social work is a profession concerned with helping and empowering individuals, families, groups and communities to resolve problems that affect their well-being on an individual or collective basis.  The scope of the social work profession also includes problems such as those arising from poverty, unemployment, racism or other emerging social issues.

Professional social work practice may intervene to:

  • Enhance developmental, problem solving and coping abilities of people and systems;
  • Promote effective and respectful access to/and delivery of services and resources to people;
  • Link people to needed resources, services and opportunities; and
  • Contribute to development and improvement of social policy.


What are the educational requirements?                   

The practice of social work requires specific education.  In New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree is the minimum requirement. 

The NBASW believes in the lifelong process of engaging in learning activities to acquire new knowledge and skills forsocial work practice, because this results in increasing social work professional competencies.  The NBASW recognizes and values the importance of continuing professional education (CPE) as we believe this is an ethical responsibility of each social worker.