Practice Areas

One of the largest health professions in Newfoundland and Labrador, there are more than 1,600 Registered Social Workers practicing throughout all regions of the province in a diverse range of practice settings. 

Social workers practice within hospitals, seniors’ homes, adult and youth corrections, child welfare, addictions, mental health, community centres, government departments and universities. Social workers are also self-employed in private practice and consulting businesses.

Social workers also work in direct practice with individuals, couples and families, community development, health promotion, policy development, administrative practice and research.

Showcasing Social Work Video Series

An initiative of NLCSW's Promotion of the Profession Committee, this ongoing series, recorded by registered social workers, is designed to capture what motivates and inspires members of the profession, the breadth and scope of the profession, the essential services social workers provide, and much more.  Access the full series at

Fact Sheet Series

Learn more about how social workers advance the health and well-being of individuals, families, groups and communities with some quick facts about the profession.  For more detailed information about the role of social work in diverse practice settings, check out the fact sheets below.