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February 24, 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
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Research Forum Registration
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Walk-in therapy clinics more effective than traditional counselling sessions, study finds
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Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work participates in interprofessional showcase Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work participates in interprofessional showcase
(Campus Update - Nov 18)
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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