Social workers are members of the Allied Health Professional Practice Group, and each one holds at least a Master's Degree in Social Work and is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Social work actively participates in, and is well represented on, all corporate committees including the Professional Advisory Council and the Professional Practice Committee.
Common issues brought to social workers at UHN include, but are not limited to:
Interventions and services provided can include counselling services, crisis intervention (i.e., for cases where there is a risk of homelessness, elder abuse or domestic violence), advocacy, mediation and caregiver support. Social workers can also provide valuable education about advance care planning, living wills, powers of attorney and how to decide who will make decisions when a patient can't make them for themselves.