Social Work: Profession of Choice - Celebrating National Social Work Month 2015

OTTAWA, March 2, 2015 /CNW/ - Social Work: Profession of Choice is the 2015 theme for National Social Work Month (March) selected to communicate the professions unique scope and significance in meeting the needs of Canadians.

"In today's society, social worker's distinctive skill sets are increasingly relevant and in-demand," states (CASW) President Morel Caissie. "With an ageing demographic, growing concern about mental health, and increasing wealth inequality in Canada, the social work perspective has never been more important." 

While National Social Work Month is an opportunity to celebrate the profession of social work, the 2015 theme seeks also to recognize its incredible diversity. Across Canada, social workers can be found in direct (public and private) practice, health and education, as well as in the areas of community organization, policy analysis, planning, and administration.

Indeed, Canadians continue to make social work the profession of choice in the areas of mental health, addictions, child protection, and community development among many others. Clients and the public alike recognize that social workers are professional, accountable, and possess the right training to provide services in innumerable settings.

As Canada suffers increasing cuts to integral social services, the voices of social workers across the country are needed more than ever. "The social work profession continues to grow, and we anticipate that our role in the promotion of social justice will continue to grow with it," added Caissie.

"Whether working in a clinical setting, community centre, school, or any of the many other places social workers can be found, we are all united by the principles and perspective of our profession," states Caissie. "Looking forward, many young people with a passion for helping others – and for building a better future for all Canadians – will choose the profession of social work and Canada will be stronger for it."

 

SOURCE Canadian Association of Social Workers

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For further information: Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW, casw@casw-acts.ca, Tel.: 613.729.6668

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