Social Work

What is home care social work?

Within home care in Ontario, social work services are grouped with the therapies.  Social work is a regulated profession “concerned with helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being.  It aims to help people develop their skills and their ability to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve problems.”

What do social workers do?

Social workers specialize in working with people, families and communities whose needs are high and whose resources to meet those needs are compromised or depleted.   At the individual level, social workers assist with the management of issues ranging from depression, dealing with marriage problems or family breakdown, living with chronic or debilitating health conditions, recovering from trauma, or facing a life issues.

What are the goals of social workers?

  • Restore, maintain and enhance functioning by mobilizing strengths.
  • Provide psychosocial education to facilitate independence and informed decision making.
  • Optimize coping capacity and safety.
  • Modify dysfunctional patterns of relating and acting.
  • Link people to necessary resources.
  • Alleviate environmental stressors.
  • Mediate and facilitate multicultural environments and diversity. 

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