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July 30, 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:

2015-2016 Term Dates: (inclusive)
Fall:  Monday, September 14, 2015 - Thursday, December 10, 2015
Winter:  Monday, January 4, 2016 - Thursday, March 31, 2016
Spring:  Monday, April 18, 2016 - Monday, June 20, 2016

Course Registration Opens for 2015-16:  May 15, 2015

Incoming Student Registration Guide:  click here

Returning Student Registration Guide:  click here

Next Steps for INCOMING MSW/PhD students:  click here

FSW Orientation Information:  click here

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Deena Mandell, Faculty of Social Work Deena was a veteran social work practitioner prior to completing a PhD and joining the faculty at Laurier. Her earlier research and publications explore the experiences of families interacting with systems: child welfare, family law, and health care. She was involved in a research project on the experiences of child welfare workers and has co-authored a number of publications on that study. More recently her focus has turned to an evolving conceptualization of “use of self” that links theoretically and methodologically to critical reflection/reflexivity in social work practice, supervision and education. She has published a book and done international teaching on this subject. Deena is an enthusiastic teacher whose latest courses include Use of Self, Practice with Individuals, Practice with Families (both levels) and a doctoral course on Writing for Publication. Together with the head of the Writing Centre, Deena developed a series of Writing Workshops for MSW students that are presented annually at the faculty.

Deena Mandell
Associate Professor,
Faculty of Social Work