Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Social Work

As one of the modern helping disciplines, social work fulfills a strategic function in the field of social services. The social work profession is concerned with the wide range of human and environmental factors, and processes that influence social functioning in contemporary life. It seeks to alleviate and prevent personal and social problems experienced by individuals, families, groups and communities, and to contribute to constructive institutional change and development.

The educational program of the faculty is designed to prepare specially qualified personnel for the many forms of direct clinical and community practice, and for the related professional functions of policy development, planning, administration and research. In all of these areas there is a growing demand, in both governmental and voluntary sectors, for social workers who possess advanced, theoretical knowledge and specialized practice competence.

MSW Program
Dr Cheryl-Anne Cait, Associate Dean: MSW Program
ccait@wlu.ca 
519-884-0710, ext 5224

PhD Program
Dr Carol Stalker, Associate Dean: PhD Program
cstalker@wlu.ca
519-884-0710, ext. 5217

Faculty/Staff

Graduate Faculty
  • Kathy Absolon, PhD (OISE/Toronto), Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Robert Basso, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Susan Cadell, PhD (Wilfrid Laurier), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Cheryl-Anne Cait, PhD (Smith), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Gary Cameron, DSW and Certificate in Advanced Social Welfare (Columbia), Professor of Social Work
  • Lea Caragata, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Nick Coady, PhD (Toronto), Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Lesley Cooper, PhD (Queensland), Professor of Social Work
  • Peter Dunn, PhD (Brandeis), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Marshall Fine, PhD (East Texas State), Professor of Social Work
  • Nancy Freymond, PhD (WLU), Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Martha Kuwee Kumsa, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Ginette Lafreniere, PhD (McGill), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Deena Mandell, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Shoshana Pollack, PhD (Toronto), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Malcolm Saulis, MSW (WLU), Associate Professor of Social Work
  • Carol Stalker, PhD (Smith), Professor of Social Work
  • Eli Teram, PhD (McGill), Professor of Social Work
  • Anne Westhues, DSW (Columbia), Professor of Social Work

 
Approved Fields for the PhD Program

  • Studies in social work practice
  • Critical social policy and organizational studies

 
Note on Courses Contained in Graduate Calendar

As far as possible, each program attempts to provide a full range of core courses and electives. However, every course listed in this Calendar is not available in every session or every year.

Students should consult the program/department to inquire about course offerings each year.

 
Course Offerings
Course #TitleCredits
SK500 Human Development in Context 0.5
SK501 Community Interventions: Theory and Practice Essentials 0.5
SK504 Research Methods in Social Work 0.5
SK507 Diversity, Marginalisation and Oppression 0.5
SK508 Reflective Group and Community Practice 0.5
SK509 Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups 0.5
SK522 Social Work Practice with Individuals 0.5
SK531 Social Welfare Seminar 0.5
SK534 Tutorial 0.5
SK541 Practicum I 0.5
SK549 Special Summer Practicum 0.5
SK552 Social Work Practice with Families 0.5
SK607 Community Research and Data Analysis 0.5
SK608 Community Capacity Building 0.5
SK609 Program Development and Social Planning 0.5
SK610 Social Change and Social Action 0.5
SK615 Clinical Social Work Research and Data Analysis 0.5
SK619 Family Violence 0.5
SK620 Marital and Couple Counselling 0.5
SK621 Use of Self 0.5
SK622 Self, Identity and Diversity in International Social Work 0.5
SK628 Cultural Camp 0.5
SK629 Values and Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work 0.5
SK632 Social Work Issues 0.5
SK634 Tutorial 0.5
SK635 Indigenous Knowledges and Theory 0.5
SK641 Social Policy Analysis 0.5
SK642 Research Methods, Design and Analysis 0.5
SK643 Practicum II 0.5
SK644 Aboriginal Kinship Structures and Social Work Practice 0.5
SK645 Indigenous Research Methodologies 0.5
SK646 Wholistic Healing Practices 0.5
SK647 Elders' Teaching and Indigenous Identity 0.5
SK648 Elders' Teaching and Self-Reflection 0.5
SK649 Advanced Standing Practicum 0.5
SK651 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals 0.5
SK652 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families 0.5
SK653 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups 0.5
SK654 Brief Therapies 0.5
SK656 Death, Dying and Bereavement 0.5
SK657 Treatment of Children and Adolescents 0.5
SK658 Social Work Practice with Older Adults 0.5
SK663 Treatment of Child, Adolescent and Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 0.5
SK664 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Social Work Practice 0.5
SK665 Aboriginal Issues 0.5
SK666 Alternative Social Work Interventions 0.5
SK667 Play Therapy 0.5
SK668 Social Work Practice with Survivors of Trauma 0.5
SK675 The Third World and Social Work Practice 0.5
SK677 The Therapeutic Process 0.5
SK679 Organizational Practice 0.5
SK680 Advanced Social Policy: Creating Change in Government 0.5
SK688 Social Work in Health Care Settings 0.5
SK695 Poverty in Canada and its Implications for Social Work 0.5
SK698 Thesis 0.0
SK699 Fundamental Statistical Methods for Social Work Research 0.5
SK701 Multivariate Analysis for Social Work Research 0.5
SK702 Advanced Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research 0.5
SK711 Study of Social Work Practice with Families 0.5
SK714 Advanced Groupwork I 0.5
SK718 Advanced Studies in Social Work and Related Disciplines I 0.5
SK721 Child Welfare as a Field for Social Work Practice 0.5
SK722 Aging as a Context for Social Work Practice 0.5
SK723 Mental Health as a Context for Social Work Practice 0.5
SK731 Advanced Studies in Social Planning 0.5
SK732 Advanced Studies in Community Development 0.5
SK734 Current Issues in Community Development 0.5
SK735 Advanced Studies in Policy Analysis 0.5
SK736 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Social Policy 0.5
SK737 Advanced Studies in Organizational Theory 0.5
SK738 Advanced Studies in Social Administration 0.5
SK741 Study of Social Work Practice with Individuals 0.5
SK751 Advanced Readings in Social Work Practice 0.5
SK752 Advanced Readings in Social Policy 0.5
SK790 Social Work Thought and Theory Development 0.5
SK791 Epistemology and the Nature of Social Work Knowledge 0.5
SK802 Evaluation of Social Work Programs and Services 0.5
SK805 Applied Qualitative Research Methods 0.5
SK808 Practicum I 0.5
SK820 Doctoral Seminar 0.5
SK893 Comprehensive Examination 0.0
SK894 Writing for Publication 0.5
SK899 PhD Dissertation 0.0