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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/courier address:

School of Social Work

Dalhousie University

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: 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.

School of Social Work Continuing Education

View our current schedule of professional development workshops. Everyone is welcome.

Social Work News

Out of the Cold Halifax marks 10th Anniversary
  • Plan to attend a free public viewing of Ninth Floor on Monday, February 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Room C140 at the Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB), 5793 University Avenue, Halifax. Read more here.

  • 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 Grace Atkinson, a Dalhousie Social Work student, who has received the 2017 volunteer of the year award from the Halifax Regional Police Department as Adult Leader for the HRP Youth Program.

  • Social Work Month 2017 – Time to Celebrate our Profession!
    Social workers’ greatest strength and greatest responsibility is the Power to Empower: from helping communities organize and move through change, to planning and delivering social programs, as well as responding to crisis on the front lines, social workers promote mental health, support families, and engage with communities for a better Canada. Celebrated each year in March, this year’s National Social Work Month comes at a time marked by change and uncertainty.
    Read more at: http://www.casw-acts.ca.

  • 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.

  • Skills and Strategies for Responding to Sexualized Violence: What We All Need to Know. Read more.