What is Social Work?

Social Work is a profession concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems. Social Work is concerned with individual and personal problems but also with broader social issues such as poverty, unemployment and domestic violence.

Human rights and social justice are the philosophical underpinnings of social work practice. The uniqueness of social work practice is in the blend of some particular values, knowledge and skills, including the use of relationship as the basis of all interventions and respect for the client's choice and involvement.

In socio-political-economic context, which increasingly generates insecurity and social tensions, social workers play an important and essential role.

So You Want to Be A Social Worker...

Earning a degree in Social Work is a long-term commitment - not only does it require years of education and training, there is also an emotional commitment and a financial obligation. Before embarking on such an important step and making a personal investment, it's important to find the right program that will serve you best in a future career. In Canada, there are over 40 Social Work programs to choose from. Knowing the right questions to ask and areas to evaluate can help you in making an informed choice.

We have developed a series of questions and a checklist to help you find the program that not only "makes the grade," but best meets your needs and supports your growth.

View our 10 questions checklist document here.

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To find out more about becoming a social worker, including career paths, visit the CASWE website