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.

Mailing address:

School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
PO Box 15000

Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Courier address:

School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 3201
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Main Office Telephone: 902-494-3760

Fax: (902) 494-6709

E-mail for general inquiries: social.work@dal.ca

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.

Social Work News

From Seed to Impact:  Sharing Stories of Struggle, Resistance & Resilience in the Fight For Justice
  • Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard was pleased to meet former Dalhousie Alumni in Calgary recently.

  • From Seed to Impact: Sharing Stories of Struggle, Resistance & Resilience in the Fight For Justice 

    At the Association of Black Social Workers’ 40th anniversary conference, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard and four of her former students (from left to right Dr Marion Brown, Bria Symonds, Rajean Willis, and Sasan Issari) engaged in a critical reflection on their teaching and learning journeys in the fight for social justice with examples of how seeds planted in the classroom have blossomed in the field over the past four decades.

    Photo credit: George Bernard.
  • A new open mindfulness group begins on October 1st, organized by a team comprised of community members and Dalhousie faculty, staff, and students, of which faculty member Marion Brown is a member. Download the poster [463 KB].

  • A wonderful conversation with Jeff Karabanow, from Dalhousie's School of Social Work and, of course, our Out of the Cold team, about homelessness in the Maritimes. Jeff's compassionate approach to his work has been a great inspiration to many of us and he always provides valuable insights on how we can come together to support people experiencing homelessness and precarious housing. Watch the entire interview.

  • The School is sad to announce the death of a retired faculty member, Patrick Kerans who was on Faculty from 1975 - 1995.  His area of scholarship was poverty, low income housing, food security, and economic justice.  The School of Social Work expresses our deepest condolences to his family.  His obituary is noted below. 

    March 10, 1930 — August 13, 2019
    Peacefully in Ottawa at the age of 89. Survived by his wife of 46 years, Marion Douglas Kerans, four step-children, Karen (Brian), Joanne (Michael), Robert (Heather), and Lyn (Jamie), thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, and by other family members, Murray Angus (Joyce), Deborah Stienstra (Greg) and Elspeth MacEwan (Grant). Also survived by his brother Roger Kerans. Predeceased by his parents, Philip and Julia Kerans, step-children Patrick and Maureen, and nephew Chris Kerans.
    Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1930, Pat lived in various prairie towns during the Depression where his parents pursued their careers as teachers. At the age of 18, he joined the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and spent the next 13 years studying in Canada and abroad. He was ordained in 1961.
    Pat was an intellectual of great depth and breadth. He was also a natural teacher, and took great pleasure in sharing his vast knowledge with students at St. Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities in Halifax, and at UBC in his later years. He took particular satisfaction in working with adult students, particularly Mi’kmaq, while teaching at Dalhousie’s School of Social Work.
    Pat was also a life-long advocate for social justice at both the community and global levels. He and Marion were instrumental in the development of the first housing co-op in Halifax, and were both commissioners on the People’s Food Commission in the late 1970’s. His academic writings focused on poverty and inequality, and the conflict between modern economic values and those of the Gospel. His groundbreaking book, Sinful Social Structures, in 1972 captured the essence of his thinking, and of the times.
    In 1972, Pat felt called to leave the Jesuits and enter into marriage with Marion Douglas Kellerman, a widow with six young children. In doing so, he became a central figure in what would become a large and ever-expanding family across the country. He took particular delight in witnessing the development of his thirteen grandchildren, and his eight great-grandchildren.
    The family would like to express appreciation to Dr. Claudia Hubbes for the exceptional care she provided during Pat’s final years, and to the May Court Hospice in Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour Pat’s life may do so by donating to a charity of their choice.
    A funeral mass was celebrated for Patrick Kerans, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ottawa on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Cremation has taken place and Pat’s ashes will be interred on Caribou Island, NS, at a date to be determined.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Ungar on the publishing of his new book, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success. You can buy the book at Amazon.ca or visit Dr. Ungar's website. You can read more about the book launch at Dal News.

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Karabanow and Field Education Coordinator, Cyndi Hall on winning the William Webster Excellence in Interprofessional Education Award for the Dalhousie University Social Work Community Clinic.

  • Read the Canadian Social Work Review article [225 KB], Creating A Space for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Service Delivery: The Story of the Dalhousie University School of Social Work Community Clinic.

  • On March 26, 2019, Dr. Jeff Karabanow was awarded the 150 Canadian Senate Commemorative Medal for his community-based research and community development work in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was honoured with this award by Senator Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard. Congratulations to Dr. Karabanow!

  • Caring for Community, the Dalhousie's Social Work Community Clinic now calls Quinpool Road home. Read more in this week's Dal News.

  • Congratulations to Nik Harris, a current MSW student, who was selected to attend a UN conference on childhood disability as a CASWE nominated candidate. Read more.

  • 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.