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Social Work

Social WorkEastern Health currently employs approximately 340 social workers, making social work the largest sub-group of allied health professionals.

Social work is a profession concerned about people’s social and psychological well-being. Social workers offer a variety of skills, knowledge and therapies designed to help individuals, families or communities through assessment, remediation and prevention of psycho-social problems.

Social work also contributes to the development of healthy public policy and social change, and addresses issues such as poverty, oppression, discrimination, exclusion and violence.
Social workers provide services, individually and as part of clinical teams, in settings that include:
  • Acute care facilities
  • Long-term care within the community and facilities
  • Community service programs
  • Palliative Care
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Rehabilitation centres and outpatient cancer care
  • Children's and Women’s Health
We provide the following:
  • Assessment
  • Direct counseling and therapy
  • Consultation
  • Discharge planning
  • Case management
  • Education
  • Supervision/teaching
  • Community development
  • Health promotion
  • Policy development
  • Administrative practice and research
About the Profession
Social Workers at Eastern Health must have either a bachelor or master degree in Social Work and must be registered with the provincial regulatory body, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW). Regulatory bodies serve to protect the public by ensuring that registered social workers have the required competencies and practice safely and ethically.
The practice of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador is regulated by provincial legislation titled “Social Workers Act”, 2010.
More information on the regulation of social workers and the role of the regulatory body can be found at


Updated Aug 12, 2019