Social Work Week
Social Work Week (SWW) is celebrated annually across Canada
during the month of March. In Ontario, the first week of March
marks the start of NSWW. Activities that occur during this time
highlight the role and contribution of the profession in providing
services to the public. Each year a theme is selected that reflects
the ideals and values of social workers.
For more information, click Social Work Week Themes.
Social Workers: Mobilizing Strengths in Individuals &
OASW's theme of the upcoming Social Work Week 2015, which is being
celebrated during March 2-8, is: "Social Workers: Mobilizing
Strengths in Individuals & Communities".
This theme was selected to highlight the significant role that
social workers play in helping people improve the quality of their
lives and achieve their goals. Dr. Betsy Clark, the former
Executive Director of the National Association of Social Workers in
the United States (NASW), observed that: "The foundation for growth
and change in any individual, family or community is existing
strengths. Understanding and utilizing these strengths are
essential to improving the emotional health and well-being of
society. Social workers look for inherent strengths that can be
used as a starting point for future growth".
Social workers recognize that people are experts about their own
lives, and that the changes that they and their communities seek
may take many forms. Essentially, social workers help people find
solutions that are tailored to meet their unique needs and
Social Work Week provides an opportunity each year for social
workers to promote and celebrate their profession and the
life-changing work that they champion in every community.
As social workers in Ontario prepare for Social Work Week 2015,
OASW encourages you to:
- reflect on the ways you and/or your agency/organization help to
mobilize strengths in individuals and communities and make a
difference in the lives of the client populations you serve
- identify ways to tell this story, and
- let others know that when client groups need help, social work
interventions can provide a catalyst for growth and change.
Mobilizing strengths is a major tenet of social work practice
and helps to empower individuals and communities to overcome
obstacles and achieve their goals!
"Social Workers: Mobilizing Strengths in Individuals &