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Biweekly Student Bulletin

In order to improve communications and reduce the high volume of emails, the School of Social Work is introducing a new student bulletin which will include ALL communications between students and faculty.  Depending on the volume of items, it will be produced every 2 weeks.   

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

Congratulations to Dr. Myriam Devov 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

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.
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