What Does a Social Worker Do?

When life's challenges become overwhelming, social workers can help.

Social workers help people resolve problems that affect their day-to-day lives. The focus is on finding practical solutions to use people’s own strengths to improve coping with their unique situation. 

People see social workers when they are going through a difficult period in their personal, family and/or work life. 

Social workers provide counselling and psychotherapy.

Social workers help clients:

  • Identify and understand the source of stress or difficulty
  • Strengthen coping skills and find effective solutions to their problems
  • Find needed resources

Social workers help you recognize and use your own strengths so you can confidently manage real-life issues. 

More specifically, the types of services provided by social workers can include psychotherapy and counselling associated with:

  • relationship problems
  • adjusting to life crises
  • abuse
  • stress management
  • anxiety and depression
  • addictions
  • caregiver burden and elder care
  • grief and loss
  • bullying, and
  • suicide prevention.  
Social workers deal with all ages, groups, backgrounds and income levels.

Social workers have the ability to anticipate, address and facilitate practical solutions 
for (costly and important) societal issues.