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Biweekly Student Bulletin

In order to improve communications and reduce the high volume of emails, the School of Social Work introduced a student bulletin which includes ALL communications between students and faculty.  Depending on the volume of items, it will be produced every 2 weeks (schedule may vary during the summer months and holidays).

15th Edition, November 20, 2014

14th Edition, November 6, 2014

13th Edition, October 26, 2014

12th Edition, October 9, 2014

11th Edition, September 25, 2014

10th Edition, June 20, 2014


9th Edition, May 23, 2014


8th Edition, May 9, 2014


7th Edition, April 25, 2014


6th Edition, April 11, 2014


5th Edition, March 28, 2014


4th Edition, March 14, 2014


3rd Edition, March 5, 2014


2nd Edition, February 14, 2014


1st Edition, January 24, 2014


Following her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, Dr. Rabiau completed a two-year post doctoral fellowship at the CRIPCAS at l’Université de Montréal in Couple and Family Therapy. Dr. Rabiau has taught courses at McGill University including Child Development and Child Psychopathology in addition to Adolescence at l’Université de Montréal. She has published and presented her research in inter-national journals and at international conferences.
Dr. Rabiau is a fully bilingual licenced Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years of clinical experience. She works with a culturally diverse popula-tion in individual, couple, and family therapy with a systemic and co-gnitive behavioral therapy orientation.



Dr. Sutherland is an Associate Professor and Director of Couple and Family Therapy Program at the University of Guelph. She is also a coun-selling psychologist and clinical fellow and approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Sutherland’s re-search program falls under the umbrella of critical and discursive psychology in that it focuses on discursive, critical, and participant-centered accounts of human action and experience. Her research program addresses three areas: psychotherapy practice and pedagogy, social construction of mental illness, and gender and sexualities.



Dr. Sarah Fraser is a clinical psychologist and professor at the Depart-ment of Psycho-education at Montreal University. She works in the field of Aboriginal health, youth protection services and community development. Over the past years she has been working been working with an Inuit community in an action-research project around commu-nity mobilization for family wellbeing and prevention.

The lecture is entitled “SYSTEM THINKING IN SOCIAL PRACTICE”.  Click here for more information.  


These two appointments form part of the academic renewal of the School of Social Work, which includes the development of Canada’s first Masters in Couple and Family Therapy within a School of Social Work, an expanded doctoral program, a newly revised generalist BSW curriculum, an MSW offering three Specialist
streams (children and families, health and social care, and international and community development), as well as nine recent tenure‐track faculty appointments, including two Canada Research Chairs. The School is the home of the Center to Research on Children and Families, the McGill Middle East Program, and a new
Centre for Participatory Research on War and Violence.

For posting details, click here.

Professors Trocmé and Collin-Vézina discuss potential impact of Bill 10 on Youth Protection services in Quebec.

Professors Trocmé and Collin-Vézina discuss potential impact of Bill 10 on Youth Protection services in Quebec on October 28th, Parliamentary Commission on Health and Social Services, National Assembly in Québec:.

For more information see open letters that were published in The Gazette and Le Devoir below with regards to the bill 10 project as well as the link to the hearing where Nico Trocmé and Delphine Collin-Vézina presented the Mémoire.

Link to the open letter published in The Gazette

Link to the open letter published in LeDevoir

Link to the hearing at which Nico Trocmé and Delphine Collin-Vezina were invited.

Congratulations to Dr. Nico Trocmé for receiving SSHRC Impact/Connections Award

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Nico Trocmé received the The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Award which was presented by Dr. Ted Hewitt, SSHRC Executive Vice-President, at the award ceremony  held in Ottawa on Monday, November 3, 2014.

For more information, see SSHRC website.

The School of Social Work signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Social Affairs for the Republic of Indonesia.

On September 18, 2014, the School of Social Work signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Social Affairs for the Republic of Indonesia.

The MOU outlined several areas for future collaboration with the School on social work research and education.

Present for the signing ceremony were (left to right):
Mu'man Nuryana; Head, Board of Education and Research on Social Welfare
Toto Utomo Budi Santosa; Secretary General
Salim Segaf Al Jufri; Minister
Christopher Manfredi; Dean of Arts
Sarah Stroud; Associate Vice-Principal for Research & International  Relations
Nico Trocme; Director of School of Social Work

The Kagedan Lecture on Social Work and Human Rights - Annual Alumni Homecoming and Networking Supper

Presented on October 16th, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. in the Wendy Patrick Room, Wilson Hall, 3506 University.

Reflections on the Quebec Charter of Values: 

Where do we go from here?

An inter-disciplinary panel discussion on the socio-cultural context from which the Charter emerged, the lingering impacts upon affected communities, and implications for social workers and health professionals interested in supporting an inclusive agenda that supports cultural diversity.

A light dinner will be served in the Wendy Patrick Room at 5:00 p.m.  Kindly send your RSVP to marilena [dot] orsini [at] mcgill [dot] ca or call 514-398-2030 by October 8th, 2014.

For full details and guest speakers, please click here.

Congratulations to Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina appointed as new Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF).

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina as new Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF) effective September 1st, 2014. 

For more information on CRCF, please visit the website.

Congratulations to Dr. Myriam Denov who was awarded prestigious Trudeau Fellowship

Professor Myriam Denov, of McGill’s School of Social work, has been awarded one of Canada’s most prestigious research awards to help fill this knowledge gap. One of three recipients of Trudeau Fellowships awarded in Canada in 2014, she hopes to shed some light on an “invisible, but resilient” population of children and youth.

The project will be conducted in partnership with two NGOs: Canadian-based Children/Youth as Peacebuilders (CAP) and Watye Ki Gen, a local African organization that works specifically with women who have survived armed captivity. The Trudeau Fellowship program provides its Fellows with access to a vast network of scholars and mentors focused on research on human rights and advocacy, in addition to $225,000 in funding over three years.

For more information, see McGill Reporter.

Dr.  Nico Trocmé appointed as new Director of the McGill School of Social Work

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Nico Trocmé as the Director of the McGill School of Social Work, effective 1st July 2014 replacing the previous Director, Dr. Wendy Thomson.

Dr. Trocmé is the Philip Fisher Chair in Social Work at McGill University and directs the Centre for Research on Children and Families (CRCF), positions which he has held since joining McGill in 2005.  Dr. Trocmé is the principal investigator for the  Canadian Incidence  Study (CIS) of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (1993, 1998, 2003 & 2008), the lead researcher for a Federal-Provincial-Territorial initiative to develop a common set of National Outcomes Measures in child welfare, directs the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal (cwrp.ca), and is conducting a research   capacity development and knowledge mobilization initiative involving child welfare and Aboriginal service provider agencies in Quebec.  Recognized as one of the most prolific social work researchers in Canada, Dr. Trocmé is the author of over 130 scientific publications, has been awarded 25 million dollars in funding through grants, contracts and gifts, and has mentored a new generation of Canadian child welfare scholars.  Dr. Trocmé has acted as a child welfare policy and program consultant to several provincial governments and Aboriginal organizations and has presented expert evidence at various inquests and tribunals. Prior to completing his PhD, Dr. Trocmé worked for five years as a child welfare and children's mental health social worker.

 Dr. Trocmé  is taking on this role at a great time, as the School looks forward to building on its many recent achievements.  Having hired 13 staff during Dr. Thomson’s term, the School now has a majority of new faculty, who together with long-serving faculty form a talented and collegial community. They come with richly diverse orientations and backgrounds, with much to offer to students and the academy. Amongst the faculty we have two Canada Research Chairs, a Trudeau fellow, and a James McGill professor.  Social Work is now one of the most    research productive in its Faculty.  

Our programs have undergone extensive review and updating to meet modern professional standards. In September we are launching the first Masters in Couple and Family Therapy in a Canadian School of Social work. The BSW and MSW programs have been recently accredited and received an excellent independent Academic Unit Review.  Our PhD program is thriving with over 35 students, many of whom have been   awarded SSHRC, CIHR, Trudeau and Vanier scholarships.

We are also pleased to recognize outgoing Director, Dr. Wendy Thomson, who has made inroads into Canadian policy-making, during her two terms leading the School. She advised Ghana’s President John Kufuor on Evidence-based policy-making for 2 years; then served as Commissioner for 3 years on the Ontario Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare; and over 18 months as Chair of the Expert Group on Patient-based Funding for the Quebec government (http://www.santefinancementactivite.gouv.qc.ca/en/works/documents-papers/).  She is now taking a leave from her professorship at McGill to return to England to serve as the Managing Director of Norfolk, a multi-function regional tier of government in a very pretty part of England.

YWCA - 2014 Woman of Distinction

The YWCA Montreal announced on Monday, May 5, 2014, its 13 laureates of the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards. Among the proud and well-deserved award recipients are Wendy Thomson (in the category of Education) and Mispa Nkuh Basa (in the category of YWCA Woman), our BSW graduate. The ceremony will be held on September 30, 2014 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal. Warmest congratulations to Wendy and Mispa!

For details, please see: http://www.ydesfemmesmtl.org/En/Home_English.html.

McGill Hosts the Colloque interuniversitaire de travail social 2014

McGill University hosted the 7th edition of this symposium from March 28th to March 30th. This was the first time that it was a bilingual symposium. The organizing committee included the following members: Catherine Roy,

Katrina St-Amand and Virginie Yeba Gbongo.  The students who attended the symposium came from Université de Montréal (U de M), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) and McGill University.

For more detailed information, click here.

Opinion: Canada should be doing more to fight income inequality by Rick Goldman

 "Are the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer in Canada?"

  For the full story, see Montreal Gazette

  For version with links to information sources, see Rabble.ca

  For Rick Goldman's profile, see Lecturers

Congratulations to Adjunct Professor, Myra Giberovitch on the launch of her book, Recovering from Genocidal Trauma: An Information and Practice Guide for Working with Holocaust Survivors (University of Toronto Press)

On February 19, 2014 the School of Social Work proudly hosted a book launch for Myra Giberovitch. Myra began her career at the School where she formulated her ideas and built  the foundation for her life’s work with Holocaust survivors in the Montreal community. She initiated the first community-based social service program for survivors in Canada and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in this area. 

Myra Giberovitch has been lecturing in the School of Social Work for more than 20 years and currently teaches the course on Social Work Practice with Older Adults. To view Myra's profile, please see http://www.mcgill.ca/socialwork/faculty/lecturers

  • For information on the book launch presenters, click here.
  • For a picture of student attendees, click here.
  • To view the Four Burning Questions, see McGill Reporter
  • Montreal Gazette featured a full page article about Myra's life work with Holocaust survivors. Please click here.

Recommended Students by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies to the funding agency for further consideration.

The following students’ applications have been recommended by Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies to the funding agency for further consideration at the National level.   Final results will be announced in spring 2014.

For students' names and pictures, click here.

The 4th Health and Wellbeing in Children Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference Life Transitions.

The Conference will be held from October 22 – 24, 2014 at The Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites Vancouver, BC .

This conference will provide educational and informative updates on psychiatric, behavioural and complex health components specific to individuals with DD, and showcase best practices in the field. The conference will focus on life transitions across the lifespan and health and mental health challenges associated with school transition, entering adult life and aging. This conference will engage health care providers and educators from a wide range of professional disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to maximize health and wellbeing so as to minimize disability and improve quality of life. The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions and poster sessions.

For more information see the Social Development Research Group, or visit the conference website at http://interprofessional.ubc.ca/HealthandWellbeing2014.

Treatment of Black Families within a North American Family Therapy Conference

The conference will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry (Amphitheatre), 4333 Cote Ste-Catherine, Montreal (Quebec).
For more information, please Boyd_Franklin_Conference.