Social Work Services

What is Social Work?

Social Work focuses on helping individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. Social workers work in a variety of settings including health care, child welfare, schools, counseling centers, and community agencies.

How do I access Social Work Services?

To schedule an appointment with the Social Worker, you may speak to your Nurse Practitioner about accessing our Social Work services. You may also contact the receptionist directly by phone or in person to schedule an appointment.

What do Social Workers Do?

Social workers provide services to assist patients in addressing individual and interpersonal issues in their lives. A Social Worker can help patients to explore social/emotional issues, find solutions to problems, develop coping strategies, identify personal goals, and promote their personal health. They also assist patients in accessing resources/services in their community and advocate for the needs and rights of their patients. Social Workers strive to help patients achieve optimal functioning and an improved sense of well-being.

At Essex County Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, the Social Worker collaborates with other members of the health care team to support the care and needs of our patients. A Social Worker will meet with you at the clinic through scheduled appointments.

Social Workers hold patient information in strict confidence. Information is only disclosed when patients have consented to disclosure or is required by law to do so.

Information partially derived from the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Canadian Association of Social Workers.