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May 25, 2016
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The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers social work programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The BSW program, located at Laurier’s 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:

2016-2017 Term Dates: (inclusive)
Fall:  Monday, September 12, 2016 - Friday, December 9, 2016
Winter:  Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - Monday, April 3, 2017
Spring:  Monday, April 17, 2017 - Monday, June 19, 2017

Next Steps for Incoming MSW and PhD Students:

Headstart Session / Incoming Student Registration Guide

Orientation Information

Returning MSW and PhD Student Information:

Returning Student Registration Guide 2016/17

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People at Laurier

Gabriela Novotna, Social Work Gabriela Novotna’s professional life has taken her from her days as an university student in Bratislava, to half a dozen years as a drug counsellor and therapist, to co-ordinating drug policy for the Slovakian government. Now she’s at Laurier, enrolled in the PhD program in the Faculty of Social Work. “I was looking for a university with a well-established social work program,” Novotna says, “and I liked the way the Faculty of Social Work responded to my application, working quickly to give me a research assistantship and scholarship. It was very welcoming.” Novotna’s research centres on the development and implementation of treatment for people with co-occurrent mental health, substance abuse and gambling problems. “I am interested in mapping the linkages between the environment of the studied treatment programs, their patterns of adaptation, and the effects of these adaptation processes on clients."

Gabriela Novotna
PhD Candidate,
Social Work