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Social workers: real experts for real life


Published: 06/21/2016

by Arielle Duke

Divorce, bullying, grief, stress, addictions, abuse; these are just some of the issues that Canadians deal with every day. These issues can leave us feeling alone and helpless with nowhere to turn and no one to talk to. While issues range in severity and affect us all differently, there are trained professionals to help.

Social workers are trained to help with all kinds of issues you may be experiencing. They help people find solutions to problems that impact daily life. In doing so, social workers look at all aspects of a person's life (personal, family, work, school and community) and this can prove especially useful in complex situations.

Social workers provide a variety of services that include counseling and psychotherapy related to such issues as relationship problems, managing stress, anxiety and depression, addictions, and adjusting to life crises.

Where to find a social worker

There are more than 16,000 social workers in Ontario working with people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels. The practice of social work is regulated by the provincial government and only registered social workers (RSWs) can call themselves a “social worker”. These people are highly-skilled professionals who have a university degree in social work. They may also have additional training in specialized areas of practice.

Services are provided through many publicly funded services, such as family services agencies, hospitals and community health clinics, mental health settings, school boards, correctional institutions, and older adults' services. Some workplaces include coverage through employee group benefits plans or Employee Assistance Plans.

Turning issues into answers

Social workers help with the everyday problems that people face. They also help people connect to important resources within the community. For more information on finding a social worker, visit or

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