Professional Social Work

The social work profession is committed to the realization of individual and collective well-being through the advancement of social justice, the provision of effective programs and services, and the enhancement of individual and family development. The primary responsibility of social workers is to the most vulnerable groups and individuals.

Social work views differences among people as enriching the quality of life for all and places positive value on varying perspectives provided by race, ethnicity, gender, age, and other characteristics. Social work seeks to enhance opportunities for individuals, especially those who have historically been oppressed, to participate to their maximum in society.

Social work is practiced in a wide variety of settings. These range from hospitals and clinics, schools, public welfare departments, and family and child welfare agencies to counseling agencies, mental health clinics, gerontology and geriatric programs, and immigrant/refugee centers. The societal mandate of social work is to be prepared to intervene at various levels: with individuals, families, and groups; with organizations and communities; and with broader levels of government focusing on resource development and social policy changes.