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July 2, 2015

Canadian Excellence


The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers social work programs at the bachelorís, masterís and doctoral levels. The BSW program, located at Laurierís Brantford campus, offers a generalist BSW with a unique focus on Aboriginal issues. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Wholistic Healing. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies. Since its inception in 1966, the FSW has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction. more

Dates and Scheduling:

2015-2016 Term Dates: (inclusive)
Fall: †Monday, September 14, 2015 - Thursday, December 10, 2015
Winter: †Monday, January 4, 2016 - Thursday,†March 31, 2016
Spring: †Monday, April 18, 2016 - Monday, June 20, 2016

Course Registration Opens for 2015-16:† May 15, 2015

Incoming Student Registration Guide:† click here

Returning Student Registration Guide:† click here

Next Steps for INCOMING MSW/PhD students:† click here

FSW Orientation Information:† click here

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Nancy Riedel Bowers, Faculty of Social Work Nancy Riedel Bowers teaches child and group therapy courses, as well as the only graduate social work course in Play Therapy in Canada. In her research, she studies the psychotherapeutic process particularly in the area of child and play therapy. Her research recognizes the treatment phases involved in careful intervention planning and selective choice of models for intervention. She is currently co-authoring a book that will address family-based healing models. Nancy has recently been granted status as an APT- Continuing Education Provider and is providing training for 2010-2011 in Newfoundland, Hong Kong, Morocco and other North American settings.

Nancy Riedel Bowers
Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Social Work