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April 25, 2017
Canadian Excellence


Since its inception in 1966, the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction. The 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 an overarching framework of social justice, equity, inclusivity and relexivity and provides students flexibility in choosing the direction of their learning in micro and/or macro social work practice. more

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FSW Fall Convocation Reception - October 28, 2016
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Laurier explores hidden histories of provincial institutions Laurier explores hidden histories of provincial institutions
(News Release - Feb 29)
Research Forum Registration
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Walk-in therapy clinics more effective than traditional counselling sessions, study finds
(Headline - Jan 21)
Laurierís Faculty of Social Work participates in interprofessional showcase Laurierís Faculty of Social Work participates in interprofessional showcase
(Campus Update - Nov 18)
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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