COVID‑19 and The School of Social Work



  • Social workers are frontline responders during this crisis, and that means many of you - our students and our colleagues - are working on the frontlines, frequently in roles far less visible than other professions.  Social workers are engaged with already vulnerable people in an unprecedented vulnerable time, across ages and stages, working to adjust ways of communicating, supporting, assessing, and comforting.  And social workers are doing so when perhaps we ourselves are feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty for ourselves, for others, and for the world.  Faculty and Staff at the School of Social Work believe in you, know the work you are doing, and know that now more than ever, believing in the common good and the collective  effort will see us through these challenges.

    The following are School messages:

  • The School is aware that volunteer hours for 2021 admission might be more challenging to secure given Covid-19.  We are monitoring the situation and will take all factors into consideration.  We are not clear on how and when restrictions will be lifted.  We will put an update on the School’s website once we know how society will open up. 
  • Per the direction of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) BSW Field placement hours have been reduced from 700 to 525 hours until April 2021  - see attached message from CASWE.
  • Placements for all of our students, locally and nationally, have been significantly impacted by this unprecedented crisis and likely will be for the foreseeable future.  The first priority is everyone’s health and safety but please know our School is working very hard to develop alternative options.  We will work with each student to develop a plan, and together, we will overcome these challenges. 
  • SLWK 3140 Crisis Counselling (for BSW campus students), scheduled for May 11 to June 29 will be moved to remote (online) teaching.  Students registered for this course will receive further information from their instructor regarding this change.  The School of Social Work has a very well developed online learning program and campus students will receive full support from the School during this temporary transition period.
  • Other Resources:
  • The University COVID-19 website:
  • Message from Dean Merritt:
  • CASWE Field Education [171 KB]
  • SSWCC Resources Map [598 KB]