About Social Workers

Who Consults a Social Worker?
People from all age groups and all walks of life consult social workers. Social workers provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and corporations."Social Workers. Turn Issues into Answers" #TurnIssuesIntoAnswers; #RealExpertsForRealLife.

Why Consult a Social Worker?
Social workers help identify the source of stress or difficulty, help people to develop coping skills and find effective solutions to their problems, offer various forms of counselling and therapy, and mediate between conflicts.

Social workers provide the majority of counselling and psychotherapy services in Ontario.

Social workers provide a variety of services, including:

  • Individual, family and couple assessment and counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Mediation/alternate dispute resolution
  • Custody/access assessments
  • Employee assistance programs (EAPs)
  • Adoptions
  • Career/employment counselling and placement
  • Vocational assessments/rehabilitation
  • Stress management
  • Counselling for eating disorders
  • Grief, loss and trauma counselling
  • Addictions counselling
  • Mental capacity assessment
  • and more.

Where Do Social Workers Work?

Social workers practice in a wide range of settings, including:

  • Family agencies
  • Children's aid societies
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health settings
  • Addiction treatment facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Schools
  • Seniors' services
  • Grassroots social action organizations
  • Government offices
  • Social planning councils
  • Employee assistance programs
  • and more. 

Many social work positions are funded directly or indirectly by governments (municipal, provincial or federal). Other social workers work for agencies funded by voluntary donations. A growing number of social workers are independent or private practitioners.