Social Work Facts

Social work is a profession with a long history of commitment to improving the well-being of people in society, particularly the disadvantaged. Social workers understand the complex interaction between individuals and their environment. Workers in this profession are the nation's largest provider of mental health services.

Social workers are committed to:

  • The intrinsic worth and dignity of every human being
  • The values of acceptance
  • The respect for individuality
  • The belief in the client's capacity for growth

Social workers are professionally trained at the university level and employed in a wide variety of areas that include:

  • Direct work with individuals, families and groups
  • Community development
  • Human resources development
  • Social policy
  • Program planning
  • Teaching
  • Research

Social workers reach every part of the community including:

  • Corporations
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health clinics
  • Military
  • Prisons
  • Public social agencies
  • Schools
  • Senior centers and nursing facilities

Objectives of the profession:

  • Social workers help people in all stages of life; from children to the elderly and from all situations; from adoption to hospice
  • Social workers use a variety of strategies to bring about change in persons, situations and institutions
  • Social workers strive to empower clients, assisting them to identify their problems and find meaningful solutions, building on their existing strengths
  • Social workers are strong advocates for individual rights and social justice.
To learn more about the social work profession, go online to
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