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

Today is World Social Work Day
  • 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!
  • Registration is open for Counselling Skills Level 1 with Jill Ceccolini and Debbie van Horne! This intensive 5-day program runs on campus June 10 - 14.

  • Today is World Social Work Day! The theme this year is promoting the importance of human relationships. Celebrate!

  • Celebrate Social Work Month on Wednesday, March 27 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Dalhousie School of Social Work Community Clinic at 6054 Quinpool Road in Halifax with special guest speaker Alec Stratford. Download the poster [147 KB].

  • 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.

  • 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.