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Would an HIV-positive woman get charged if she was raped? McMaster prof asks

School of Social Work's, Professor Saara Greene discusses the power imbalance that can make it more challenging for women to reveal their HIV status to their sexual partners in a recent article.

Jan 16, 2017

We stand together for equity

Members of the social work community respond to alt-right posters found on campus on Nov. 21

Dec 09, 2016

McMaster’s School of Social Work launches two new graduate programs

New programs in Critical Leadership Social Services and Communities respond to real world challenges social workers face today.

Dec 01, 2016

Outstanding MSW graduate celebrated with Judge Hugh C. Arrell prize

On Nov. 17, 2016 at the Fall Convocation, Brittany Madigan, MSW was awarded the Judge Hugh C. Arrell prize in Social Work for her Master's Thesis, titled "The Voices of the Youth: How Indigenous Young People Experience Plans of Care".

Nov 21, 2016

Power of performance and poetry

McMaster School of Social Work’s We Are Not the Others tells real stories of Hamilton immigrants

Nov 17, 2016

How a dog named Boom is helping us learn more about the lives of service animals

With the help of the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Social Work PhD student Melissa Marie (emmy) Legge, pictured here with therapy dog Boom, has built an electronic sensor package to help better understand the experiences of therapy dogs.

Nov 08, 2016

We Are Not The Others

An evening of performance at the AHG Annex, 118 James St. N. Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 13 - 4 p.m. Free Admission

Nov 01, 2016

Darina Vasek Presented with the Sheila Sammon Award for Excellence in Field Instruction

The McMaster School of Social Work celebrated the outstanding contributions and services of Darina Vasek, BSW, MSW, RSW, in her 12-year tenure as a McMaster Social Work Field Instructor.

Oct 26, 2016

Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice

We are delighted to announce that Jen Dustin is this year's recipient of the Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice.

Oct 24, 2016

Preparing for Critical Approaches to Child Welfare pathway through the Bachelor of Social Work program

The McMaster University School of Social Work is partnering with child welfare agencies in southwestern Ontario to offer (starting in 2016) an enhanced educational experience to BSW students in the areas of child welfare and child protection.

Oct 23, 2016

New graduate programs in Critical Leadership

Starting this September, the School is offering two new graduate programs focused on justice-oriented leadership in social services and communities: a new MSW stream, and a Graduate Diploma.

Oct 23, 2016

Indigenous Pathways through the Bachelor of Social Work program

Beginning in 2016, BSW students will have the opportunity to pursue indigenous pathways through the program. In the first pathway, students will take three indigenous focused courses and have a fourth-year placement in an indigenous-focused agency or setting.

Oct 20, 2016

In partnership with the Indigenous Studies Program: A required Indigenous Studies course for Bachelor of Social Work students

Starting in 2017, all BSW students will be required to take an introductory course offered by McMaster’s Indigenous Studies program.

Oct 19, 2016

Accessibility and inclusion in Field Education

Recognizing the need for focused attention to accessibility and inclusion in field education, in the Spring of 2016 Janice Chaplin and Jennie Vengris applied to the McMaster Institute for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning for funding for two ‘program change’ initiatives.

Oct 19, 2016

Janice Chaplin appointed Assistant Professor & Coordinator of Field Education Program

Faculty members and staff of the McMaster School of Social Work are pleased officially to announce the appointment of Janice Chaplin to the position Assistant Professor, Teaching Track: Field Education Coordinator.

Aug 08, 2016

The Development of an Indigenous Social Work Education Strategy

The Circle of Indigenous Social Work action has identified this goal: To develop an Indigenous social work education strategy where we continue to work to embed Indigenous content across curriculum, future research in the area, and to foster pedagogical innovation grounded in Indigenous knowledge as related to social work education

Aug 08, 2016

Sheila Sammon Award For Excellence in Field Instruction - Call for Nominations

Sheila Sammon retired from the School of Social Work in July. In recognition of her longstanding support of and devotion to field education, the School has established an award that will annually recognize an outstanding field instructor.

Aug 01, 2016

Tara La Rose joins the School as Assistant Professor

The School community is delighted to welcome Tara La Rose. Tara will be providing intellectual and practical leadership to the School’s emerging graduate programs in Critical Leadership in Social Services and Communities.

Aug 01, 2016

Celebrating Sheila Sammon

Sheila Sammon – teacher, field educator, community-builder & mentor extraordinaire – has retired from the McMaster School of Social Work. Students and former students, field instructors and colleague of Sheila’s gathered to celebrate her.

Jun 30, 2016

Jake Pyne recognized for leadership in the trans community

Jake Pyne has spent the past thirteen years as an advocate and a community-based researcher in Toronto’s transgender community.

Jun 29, 2016

Dr. Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work & Social Justice

The Jane Aronson Graduate Scholarship in Social Work and Social Justice was established to honour the contribution of Professor Jane Aronson to the McMaster School of Social Work, to McMaster University and the Hamilton community, and to the social work profession in Canada.

Jun 23, 2016