Why Choose Social Work?
Gain knowledge and experience in how to help individuals, families and communities, and promote policy to provide a better environment in which to live. The School of Social Work's vision is a commitment to building a socially just society, defined as one that upholds and validates the values of equality, diversity, inclusiveness, democracy and concern for human welfare. We manifest and advance curricula, scholarship and school culture that are congruent with those values. Learn more about the profession of Social Work.
Read more about some of Social Work's graduands and the important work they have been doing.
The School of Social Work is located on the third floor of the Mona Campbell Building which is situated on the corner of Coburg Road and LeMarchant Street.
School of Social Work
1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Main Office Telephone: 902-494-3760
Fax: (902) 494-6709
E-mail for general inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty & Research
Our professors engage and challenge students to develop their skills, emphasizing social policy, professional values, theoretical perspectives, and practice methods. Learn more about our faculty and their research specializations.
School of Social Work Continuing Education
View our current schedule of professional development workshops. Everyone is welcome.
Social Work News
- Dr. Merlinda Weinberg was the keynote speaker at two conferences in 2018, one international, one in New Brunswick. Having been a presenter in 2017 in Iceland, Reykjavik, she was asked to return to be the keynote speaker for the Icelandic Association of Social Workers’ annual conference. Her talk was entitled “Human rights and social work ethics in bureaucratic times.” The second presentation was in memory of Dr. Brian Carty, a beloved social work professor at St. Thomas University. He was killed in an accident right before he was to defend his dissertation for his PhD, a degree awarded posthumously. Dr. Weinberg had the honour of being asked to address about how his work could be taken into the future. She spoke on “Dr. Carty’s legacy: Innovative ideas for ethics in social work.” Both keynotes were very well received.
- A big shout-out to Dr. Jeff Karabanow and his new book, Homeless Youth and the Search for Stability. Youth are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. Although there has been much research on how youth become homeless and survive on the streets, we know very little about their pathways off the street and the many challenges that present during this process. Available at amazon.ca.
- Out of the Cold Halifax marks its 10th Anniversary.
Congratulations to volunteer and co-founder, our School of Social Work's, Dr. Jeff Karabanow. Read more in the Halifax Citizen.
- Research Good News! Congratulations to School of Social Work Faculty Member, Dr. Marion Brown, on her recent research grant successes:
Brown, M., Rose, H., Mitchell, C., Bishop, A., Burge, F., Martin-Misener, R., Sampalli, T., Vanberkel, P., Tortorelli, C. & Goldade, R. (2017-2018). Addressing Fragmentation in the Health Care of Children in Foster Care. $14,745 from NSHRF Development/Innovation Competition.
Brown, M. & Sheppard-Kutcher, J. (2017-2018). Bridge to Social Work in Nova Scotia. $18, 089.00 from NS Dept of Labour and Advanced Education Recognition of Prior Learning Competition.
- Congratulations to Ngozi Otti, Dalhousie BSW student, who has been selected as one of the individuals to participate as part of the official Canadian Delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
The 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) will be held from March 13 to 24, 2017, in New York. The session will gather representatives from Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world. The priority theme for this session is “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” The review theme will examine “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls (agreed conclusions of the fifty-eighth session)”. In addition, the emerging issue/focus area will be the empowerment of indigenous women. More details on the 61st session can be found here: http://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw61-2017.