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May 27, 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

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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Gabriela Novotna, Social Work Gabriela Novotna’s professional life has taken her from her days as an university student in Bratislava, to half a dozen years as a drug counsellor and therapist, to co-ordinating drug policy for the Slovakian government. Now she’s at Laurier, enrolled in the PhD program in the Faculty of Social Work. “I was looking for a university with a well-established social work program,” Novotna says, “and I liked the way the Faculty of Social Work responded to my application, working quickly to give me a research assistantship and scholarship. It was very welcoming.” Novotna’s research centres on the development and implementation of treatment for people with co-occurrent mental health, substance abuse and gambling problems. “I am interested in mapping the linkages between the environment of the studied treatment programs, their patterns of adaptation, and the effects of these adaptation processes on clients."

Gabriela Novotna
PhD Candidate,
Social Work