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What do social workers do?

Social work professionals believe in the intrinsic worth and dignity of each person. Social workers are committed to the values of acceptance, self-determination and respect for individuality. Social workers are dedicated to the welfare of individuals and the achievement of social justice for all. Social workers believe in the obligation of all people, individually and collectively, to contribute to the provision of resources, services and opportunities for the overall benefit of humanity. 


Social workers practice in a variety of fields, including:

  • Addiction
  • Administration
  • Case management
  • Child, Youth and Families services
  • Community Development
  • Corrections
  • Gerontology
  • Group therapy
  • Health
  • Mediation
  • Mental Health
  •  Poverty
  • Prevention 
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Social Assistance
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work Education
  • Supervision
  • Disability
  • Vocational Assistance
  • Violence
  • And others…


Social workers practice in a variety of settings, including:

  • Schools and Universities
  • Hospitals and Extra-Mural
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Non profit organizations
  • Private practice
  • Private business
  • Family assistance programs
  • Victim services
  • Government offices (provincial/federal)
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Others


Also see the CASW page, "What Social Workers Do"