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Social workers help individuals, couples, families, groups, communities and organizations develop the skills and resources they need to enhance social functioning and provide counselling, therapy and referral to other supportive social services. Social workers also respond to other social needs and issues such as unemployment, racism and poverty. They are employed by hospitals, school boards, social service agencies, child welfare organizations, correctional facilities, community agencies, employee assistance programs and Aboriginal band councils, or they may work in private practice.
co-ordinator of social work, medical social worker, psychiatric social worker, social work supervisor, social worker.
- Interview clients individually, in families, or in groups, to assess their situation and problems and determine the types of services required
- Provide counsel and therapy to assist clients in developing skills to deal with and resolve their social and personal problems
- Plan programs of assistance for clients including referral to agencies that provide financial assistance, legal aid, housing, medical treatment and other services
- Investigate cases of child abuse or neglect and take authorized protective action when necessary
- Serve as members on interdisciplinary teams of professionals working with client groups
- Act as advocates for client groups in the community, lobby for solutions to problems directly affecting client groups and develop prevention and intervention programs to meet community needs
- Develop or advise on social policy legislation, conduct social research and assist in community development
- Provide mediation services and psychosocial assessments
- Evaluate the effectiveness of counselling and social programs
- May provide public education and consultation to professionals or groups regarding counselling services, issues and methods
- May supervise other social workers.
Social workers may specialize in fields of practice such as child welfare, family services, corrections, gerontology or addictions.
Outlook & Prospects for Social Workers in Prince Edward Island
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Employment prospects for social workers are expected to be good in 2012-2013.
The provincial government has on-going recruitment for social workers in child protection services. These are considered entry level positions. Given the nature of the work, turnover is common. Social workers will often move into other positions within government or into counselling positions from child protection services. Opportunities outside of child protecion services may be more limited.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 20 – May 24, 2013
- A program that provides funding and a guaranteed job for graduating nursing students on PEI will be scaled back in the fall due to a lower number of nurses retiring in the province
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- A pilot project in Charlottetown that allows a nurse practitioner to care for patients on the waiting list for family doctors will be expanded to Eastern PEI by the end of the year
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- The Mount Saint Mary's building in Charlottetown was sold to the JTM Group who will begin rennovations to turn it into a home for seniors living independently or requiring community or nursing care. The facility will be open later this year.
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- A new community care home that will open in May in Clyde River is looking for licensed practical nurses, cooks, resident care workers, and light duty cleaners
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