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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

Celebration of 75 Years of Human Rights
  • Dalhousie University School of Social Work hosted a one-day conference in celebration of 75 Years of Human Rights on December 9, 2016. The conference provided an opportunity for community leaders, students, advocates, and members of the public to come together for discussions about human rights and social justice. Read more.
  • 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.