What is Social Work?

Social Work is a practice-based profession that focuses on the theories of social work, social science, and humanities. Social Workers often work in a variety of different settings, as a lot of the work they do is highly variable between environments. Whether working with individuals, families, or communities, Social Workers seek to provide support and address the unique needs of their clients while maintaining the respect and dignity of the person.

The practice of social work applies a strengths-based perspective and sees individuals, families, and communities as strong, resilient, and capable of chance. Social Workers challenge people to address their life challenges and/or traumatic events to invoke change and establish resiliency

Social Work can focus on improving the health and overall wellbeing of others by acknowledging that one’s wellbeing is the product of many different dimensions of health. Quite often, Social Workers will utilize the social determinants of health framework within their practice.

What are the Social Determinants of Health?

The social determinants of health are the social and economic factors that have influence (either positive or negative) on an individual’s health outcome. They are the visible and invisible conditions that affect our daily lives in various ways. They can include (but are not limited to):

  • Income and Income Distribution
  • Education
  • Unemployment and Job Security
  • Employment and Working Conditions
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Food Insecurity
  • Housing
    • Social Exclusion
    • Social Safety Network
    • Health Services
    • Aboriginal Status
    • Gender
    • Race
    • Disability

How does Social Work Opperate?

The Social Work practice aims to respond to the needs of individuals, families, groups and communities. Social Workers aid their clients by addressing barriers and injustices they may be experiencing in their world. Social Workers often collaborate with other professionals, community personnel, and other organizations to create change, improve wellbeing, and create opportunities for personal growth and development.

Counseling services are one of the areas targeted within Social Workers’ scope of practice. These services can be provided to individuals, families or groups. At the Speech Language Network (SLN) we are passionate about communication, learning, and being fully engaged mentally and emotionally in relationships, friendships and daily activities. We are committed to helping clients of all ages reach their full potential.  

The SLN offers therapeutic counseling for individuals, families, children and youth in the following areas:

  • Anxiety / Stress
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Behavioural / Mood Changes (Depression)
  • Self-Esteem / Body Image
  • Adjustment and Transition
  • Family Support / Advocacy
  • Self Awareness and Personal Growth
  • Self Compassion / Confidence
  • Trauma & Attachment
  • Relationship Conflicts
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Grief and Loss
  • Gender Identity
  • Spirituality
  • Cultural Issues
  • Abuse

Contact us today to connect with a Social Worker.

Information Sourced from the Canadian Association of Social Workers and the Canadian Public Health Association