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Social Worker


Social Workers work with patients to connect individuals with the resources and services they may need. Social Workers also develop treatment plans, provide counselling, crisis intervention, facilitate support groups, and more.

Steps to becoming a social worker in Nova Scotia.

Step 1
Complete a Social Work program

Aspiring social workers may complete a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and or a two-year Master of Social Work (MSW).  To help you get started, here are a few Social Work programs in Atlantic Canada.  

Dalhousie University – Programs

Université de Moncton – Programs

Memorial University - Programs

Step 2
Complete supervised practice

The BSW/MSW program you complete will determine the amount of social work experience required. Generally, three years of practice under qualified supervision is required after a master’s degree. 

Step 3
Register as a Social Worker in Nova Scotia

You can apply and become registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. If you are approved by the Board of Examiners, you may be registered as a Registered Social Worker (RSW).

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