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Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard appointed to the Senate of Canada

Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard appointed to Senate

Congratulations to Social Work's Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard on her appointment to the Canadian Senate.



Conference: 50 Years of Human Rights in Nova Scotia

On December 9, leading human rights professionals, students, advocates, and members of the public will come together to critically review what we have learned, and to evaluate how effective we have been in challenging and changing long-standing patterns of discrimination. Everyone is invited.


revised_student SWOT

Critically examine social work values and ethics

Beginning Social Work Practice is a multi-faceted course introducing students to the social work profession.


Study anywhere in Canada with our distance delivery option

Study from anywhere in Canada

Students from coast to coast can earn degrees through distance delivery.


A new, critical and collective approach to social work

Discover a new approach to social work

We focus our critical and collective teaching approach on transformative learning.


Get involved.

Get involved!

We have opportunities for student involvement in a wide range of ventures beyond our core social work classes.


The Dalhousie Way

The Dalhousie Way

In our MSW program, students are challenged to embrace a critical and anti-oppressive social justice approach to social work practice.


Social Work Continuing Education

Social Work Continuing Education

Our online workshops are designed to allow participants to fit study time into their busy schedules. There are no scheduled lecture times, and course sites are available 24 hours a day. Studying online with us is a user-friendly, interesting, and interactive experience.


Social Work Continuing Education

You're invited to the School of Social Work 75th Anniversary Reception on December 9

The Dalhousie University School of Social Work was established independently in 1941 as The Maritime School of Social Work in Halifax. The School was founded on the principles of social justice and connection to community -- principles it continues to reflect today. In 1969, The Maritime School of Social Work joined Dalhousie University. In celebration of our 75th anniversary, we invite our faithful alumni and the community to join us for a reception.


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

Holiday greetings from the School of Social Work
  • The School of Social Work has sent you a Holiday Note Card.
  • Congratulations to Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard surrounded by her proud family and Dalhousie's president Dr. Richard Florizone during her introduction to the Canadian Senate. Read more about the new senators welcomed to the Red Chamber.
  • In memoriam - Dr. Daniel O'Brien
    Dr. Daniel W. O'Brien, CM, ONB, KSG, DLitt passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016. He was a devoted partner to Valerie, beloved father and grandfather. Dan spent 21 years at Dalhousie as a professor of Social Work and was Director of the School of Social Work from 1986-1991. Read more in the Chronicle Herald.
  • Skills and Strategies for Responding to Sexualized Violence: What We All Need to Know. Read more.
  • It is with great respect and pride that we announce that Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard has become Nova Scotia's new Senator. Congratulations Senator Bernard. Read more at CBC News.
  • Congratulations to the Dalhousie Social Work Team that participated in the Sleep Out for Shelter Nova Scotia on October 1, 2016.  They were the top fund raising team and raised $2,562. Well Done!!!
  • Save the Date! Plan to attend a One-Day Conference on Human Rights in Nova Scotia on Friday, December 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Collaborative Health Education Building, Room C170. Download the poster [250 KB].
  • The School of Social Work welcomed fellow students from Greenland. Read more at Dal News.
  • We congratulate Dr. Merlinda Weinberg, winner of a Senior Fellowship on Ethics in Social Work. She has been awarded a Senior Fellowship at Durham University, under the Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise Scheme. Durham University is one of the world top 100 universities, ranked fifth in the United Kingdom. Dr. Weinberg will be a scholar-in-residence for three months in 2017, collaborating with Dr. Sarah Banks on research and a book manuscript, the topic of which is contextual ethics in social work. The prize is valued at approximately £20,000.
  • Social Work student, Maya Fry, is making a difference at Dalhousie's School of Social Work Community Clinic. Read more at Dal News.
  • We applaud Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard on her appointment as Special Advisor, Diversity and Inclusiveness. Read more at Dal News.
  • "Congratulations, Fred, on your Order of Canada appointment. This is a well deserved achievement for all of your hard work and dedication to social issues over the years, particularly your work and research with various Aboriginal communities. Well deserved!"
    ~ Judy MacDonald, Interim Director of the School of Social Work
    Read more in Dal News and the Faculty of Health Professions E-News.