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You might hire a social worker to:

  • Work closely with vulnerable individuals or groups, identifying people in need, assessing their needs, and providing tailored support

  • Help clients adjust to changes and overcome challenges in their lives, like unemployment or divorce

  • Advocate for communities in need and develop programs to support them

  • Refer clients to other services and resources, such as rehabilitation facilities, to ensure they get the help they need

  • Provide crisis intervention when a client’s safety or well-being is in jeopardy, such as during mental health emergencies

  • Diagnose and contribute to treatment plans for mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders (if licensed to perform clinical work)




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Required Skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Degree in social work (BSW or MSW)
Relevant licenses, if applicable (e.g. LCSW)
Post-graduation supervised practice
Experience working in a similar setting or with specific groups (e.g. children)
Strong communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills
Proficiency with case management software
Ability to act swiftly and appropriately in crisis situations   Fluency in multiple languages (if working with diverse groups)
A patient and compassionate approach to dealing with clients and their families Valid speciality certificates (e.g. C-CYFSW)
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