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April 20, 2015
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The Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) offers social work programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The BSW program, located at Laurier’s Brantford campus, offers a generalist BSW with a unique focus on Aboriginal issues. The MSW program has three fields of study: Individuals, Families, and Groups; Community, Policy, Planning, and Organizations; and Aboriginal Wholistic Healing. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in two fields of study: Studies in Social Work Practice, and Critical Social Policy and Organizational Studies. Since its inception in 1966, the FSW has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction. more

Dates and Scheduling:

2014-2015 Term Dates: (inclusive)
Fall:  Monday, September 8, 2014 - Thursday, December 4, 2014
Winter:  Monday, January 5, 2015 - Thursday, April 2, 2015
Spring:  Monday, April 20, 2015 - Monday, June 22, 2015

 ADMISSIONS 2015 Deadline Dates

MSW Advanced Standing (full-time):  Closed

MSW Two year (full-time):  Closed

PhD Program (full/part-time):  Closed

MSW Aboriginal Field of Study (full/part-time):  Closed

MSW Four year (part-time):  May 1, 2015

Applicants are encouraged to review all information on the ADMISSIONS website; particular attention should be given to the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section for information such as; How to Apply, How to Submit Application, Referee Requirements, etc.

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People at Laurier

Kathy Absolon, Faculty of Social Work Kathy graduated from Laurier with her MSW in 1991 and joined the MSW Aboriginal Field of Study at Laurier in July, 2007. She recently completed her PhD at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto in Adult Education, Aboriginal Education. Her doctoral thesis was titled: "Kandossiwin, this is how we come to know: Indigenous graduate research in the academy: worldviews and methodologies". Her areas of specialization are in Indigenous knowledge and wholistic social work practice; Indigenous research methodologies; community based practice; community based education. Her practice, teaching, research and writing is grounded in her identity as an Anishinaabe kwe.

Kathy Absolon
Associate Professor, Aboriginal Field of Study,
Faculty of Social Work