Anneka Westergreen BSW
Foster Care & Adoptions Social Worker
Family & Children Services YHSSA
GNWT PUBLIC SERVICE:
Northwest Territories Social Workers are an important part of the health and social services system. They provide a variety of mental health, community wellness, child protection, counseling and crisis intervention services in different settings.
Few occupations can match the scope of opportunities and settings that social work provides. Social workers are employed by local and regional health and social services authorities, band and town/hamlet councils, non-government organizations and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Currently, qualifications for social workers in the Northwest Territories vary depending upon the type of work required and the needs of the employing board or agency. Typically, individuals wishing to practice as social workers in the Northwest Territories need either a Bachelor in social work or a Diploma in social work. Supervisory positions require a Bachelor's or Master's degree in social work plus several years experience. However, beginning on January 1st 2012, in order to use the title “social worker”, individuals will be required to register with the Registrar, Professional Licensing as a Registered Social Worker, which requires a B.S.W. or a Licensed Social Worker which requires a Diploma in Social Work.