What does a Social Worker Do?

Social workers help people resolve problems that affect their day-to-day lives.

People see social workers when they are going through a difficult period in their personal, family and/or work life.

Social workers help clients:

identify and understand the source of stress or difficulty
develop coping skills and find effective solutions to their problems
find needed resources
by providing counselling and psychotherapy.
Social workers deal with all ages, groups, backgrounds and income levels.

What are the services provided by social workers?

Social workers help people recognize and use their own strengths so they can confidently manage real-life issues. Social workers are an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society.

More specifically, the types of services provided can include psychotherapy and counselling associated with relationship problems, adjusting to life crises, abuse, stress management, anxiety and depression, addictions, caregiver burden and elder care, grief and loss, bullying, and suicide prevention. Social workers also connect individuals and families to important resources.

What sort of questions might a social worker ask me?

While every circumstance is unique, sample questions a social worker may ask during a first appointment include:

Why are you seeking help?
Is it a new or long-standing problem?
Have things changed and, if so, how?
How are you managing other parts of your life?
Who can you count on for support?


Carmel Girouard

Book an appointment with Carmel by visiting her website www.cgcounselling.com or call 705-665-6277 or email carmel@cgcounselling.com

Carmel Girouard is a registered bilingual social worker with a Master’s in Social Work and over 20 years of experience. She is specialized in cognitive behaviour therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, brief solution-focused therapy as well as mindfulness and grief recovery work.