Education / Training / Credentials:


What education do you need to be designated a social worker in Ontario?
Social workers have specific education, training and expertise which make them uniquely qualified to deliver a range of counselling and psychotherapy services. Social workers also look at all aspects of a person's life (personal, family, work or schools and community) when helping people, which can prove especially relevant in complex situations.  

Education & Training: 
Social workers have university degrees in social work: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW); Master's in Social Work (MSW); and a Doctorate in Social Work (PhD/DSW). Social workers may also have additional training in specialized areas of practice. 

Social Work Programs

Registered Social Worker (RSW) Designation:

To be called a social worker, the individual must be registered with the 
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).

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