How a Social Worker Can Help You

Social workers help you get the most out of your relationships, work and community life.

They help you to identify the source of stress or problems, strengthen coping skills and find effective solutions. 

Social workers are unique among helping professionals because they look at people's problems within the context of their families, workplace and communities and consider the connection between personal problems and larger social issues.

Social workers offer various forms of counselling and therapy, and mediate between conflicts.

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

Who Does a Social Worker Help?
People from all age groups and all walks of life are helped by social workers. Social workers provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups, communities, workplaces and organizations.

Social workers provide a variety of services, including:

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

Where Do I Find a Social Worker?
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 workers offer services directly in private practices and are covered by many group benefits plans.