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School of Social Work

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Further to Quebec government directives, McGill campuses are closed,

with the exception of necessary activities.


For information about the response to the Coronavirus at McGill please go to


April 17, 2020

Subject:  Call to join humanitarian effort to help our elderly

To all students in the health professions and health sciences:

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary situation calling for extraordinary actions. As reported earlier this week, the province’s CHSLD network is short some 1,250 workers. Quebec’s elderly in the Montreal area and our health care staff need your immediate assistance.

As McGill students in the health professions, sciences and related disciplines, you can directly contribute by joining the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest de-l’Île-de-Montréal or the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal as temporary paid employees on contract. These two McGill affiliated CIUSSSs include several long-term-care centres and private seniors’ residences in their networks. We are coming together as a community to help our elderly in Montreal. This effort is part of a broad appeal for assistance by the Ministers of Education and Higher Education and of Health and Social Services. Thank you, in advance, for considering giving your time and support if you are able, taking into account academic and other responsibilities.

Note: should you decide to devote time to this collective effort, we ask that you do so outside of your regular academic courses and activities.

For complete details, click here.

School of Social Work

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This FAQ list provides information on questions specific to the School of Social Work. 

For questions about general McGill policies or links to public health resources please consult the McGill central COVID19 resource page and FAQ:

For questions about policies specific to the Faculty of Arts please consult:


School of Social Work Bulletin

July 3, 2020

(Click here for FAQs and SSW Update archive)





1. Welcome Professor Charles Gyan

2. Summer Zoom Lunchtime Talks & Drop-In Series: Wednesdays at 1 pm (as of July 15)

3. June 21st: National Indigenous Peoples Day

4. Supporting Children and Youth During the Pandemic

5. Tomas Jirousek: Faculty of Arts Valedictorian & Led Campaign to Drop Redmen Name

6. June 19th SSW Convocation Videos

7. McGill Library Online Workshops


  1. Welcome Professor Charles Gyan

Professor Charles Gyan will be joining the School on August 1st at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of social policy. Professor Gyan completed his PhD in Social Work in 2018 at Wilfrid Laurier University, prior to which he worked in community development and social policy in Ghana. His PhD research examined barriers faced by women in their efforts to engage in community development processes in rural Ghana and his current program of research extends this work to researching women’s experiences in community development process in urban communities. Professor Gyan brings extensive teaching experience teaching courses in social policy, community development and research methods at the Universities of Ghana, Wilfrid Laurier and Regina. This fall term Charles will be teaching the BSW level Social Policy and Administration course.


  1. Summer Zoom Lunchtime Talks & Drop-In Series: Wednesdays at 1 pm (as of July 15)

With Wilson Hall remaining closed over the summer, students, faculty and staff are invited to drop-in for a brown-bag lunch series covering topics related to social work practice during COVID. The 20 minute talk will be followed by a 20 minute Q&A discussion. Following the talks faculty and staff will offer a drop-in session to address questions students may have about the fall session.

Please mark your calendars, updates and information of Zoom links will follow

July 15th

Working with Children & Families, Delphine Collin-Vezina

July 22nd

Working with Communities, Regine Debrosse

July 29th


Aug. 5th

Strategies for Effective Advocacy, Cindy Blackstock

Aug. 12th

Remote Counselling, Heather MacIntosh


Aug. 19th



  1. June 21st: National Indigenous Peoples Day

The summer solstice marks National Indigenous Peoples Day, a moment to acknowledge the ongoing harm and violence of colonization against First Nations, Indigenous, and Métis communities. We take this moment to honour First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples across Canada with special focus on our students and colleagues in the School of Social Work and at McGill.


  1. Supporting Children and Youth During the Pandemic

Professor Delphine Collin-Vézina and colleagues have published an article discussing the decrease in reports received by the Director of Youth Protection during the pandemic:

PhD Student Susan Mintzberg published an opinion piece in the Montreal Gazette reflecting on the role of educators during the pandemic and the need for more investment in our education system:

In a reflective article published in The Conversation, Professor Marjorie Rabiau, discusses the anxiety emerging from pandemic isolation, teach our children, “that every human being has the same value, regardless of ethnicity, social status, religion, age, sexual orientation or gender identity”:


  1. Tomas Jirousek: Faculty of Arts Valedictorian & Led Campaign to Drop Redmen Name

Tomas Jirousek, a member of the Kainai First Nation in southern Alberta, was one of the valedictorians selected in the faculty of arts gave a valedictorian speech for the Faculty of Arts 2020 convocation. Tomas led the campaign campaign to get McGill University to change the name of its men's sports teams. Tomas was a student in the SW First Peoples Course and the inaugural recipient of the Moral Courage in Reconciliation Award sponsored by Indigenous Access McGill.

See Tomas Jirousek’s convocation address at:


  1. June 19th SSW Convocation Videos

Convocation for School of Social Work graduates was celebrated through a virtual ceremony on June 19, 2020. Link for the SW Graduation Video:

Link for the CFT Video:

Graduates can stay in touch at


  1. McGill Library Online Workshops

McGill Library continues its summer workshop series with new and interesting sessions being added all the time! Upcoming sessions include:

- A second installment of APA Citation Style – The Basics and Beyond

- SocINDEX database, an introductory workshop

- EndNote Essentials

- Finding Canadian Data

- And so much more…

Please visit the Library website to view the full calendar and to register.

Nikki Tummon, Social Work Liaison Librarian, nikki.tummon [at]



Nico Trocmé, MSW, Ph.D., RSW, FRSC

Director, School of Social Work

Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work


McGill University

3506 University Street

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2A7


514 398-7068 / nico.trocme [at]

Assistant: Ms. Yong Hong Feng / 398-2137 / yong.feng [at]


The School of Social Work provides world-class social work education, generates leading research, and strives for social justice in the community, Canada, and internationally. 

Our emphasis is on critical thinking, clinical practice, community development, advocacy, policy and research, in order to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people and to promote social justice.


Bachelor of Social Work 

The BSW program prepares students for generalist social work practice. This 90-credit undergraduate program includes academic coursework and practical field placements.  

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Qualifying Year for direct entry into the MSW Non-Thesis Program

The Qualifying Year prepares students who have an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than social work for entry into the MSW Non-Thesis Program. 

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Master of Social Work

The MSW Program allows students to pursue advanced social work study and practice. Students can choose the Non-Thesis option to focus on practice experience, or the Thesis option to focus on research.  

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Master of Science (Applied) in Couple and Family Therapy  

The MScA Program in Couple and Family Therapy gives students the opportunity to advance their practice within the academic and research context of McGill University, along with the clinical expertise of the Department of Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital.  

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Ph.D. Program

This program provides an opportunity for students to pursue advanced scholarship in social work theory and practice, as well as generate transformative knowledge in the field of social work. Working closely with faculty supervisors, students will have opportunities to conduct research, teach, and pursue a variety of professional development programs. 

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Undergraduate Program

The Bachelor of Social Work will prepare you to make a difference. 

Graduate Programs

The School offers dynamic M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs.

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