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April 29, 2021

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1. Congratulations to Susan Mintzberg, Winner of the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement

2. Le Devoir - Couvre-feu et canicules, une question urgente de santé publique by our very own postdoctoral Julien Simard

3. PhD Candidate Monica Batac Awarded Scarlet Key

4. Invitation for Social Workers and Social Work Students to participate in a research study

5. Call for contributions to OTSTCFQ 20 years

6. Call for Applications: Stephen Bronfman Scholarship in Environmental Studies

7. New pathway to permanent residency for over 90 essential temporary workers and international graduates

8. Summer Institute on Migration & Mobility Justice course

9. Jobs and Volunteering


  1. Congratulations to Susan Mintzberg Winner of the Principal's Prize for Public Engagement

The School of Social Work is delighted to congratulate Susan Mintzberg PhD Candidate, who was selected as the Graduate Student winner of the Principal's' Prize for Public Engagement for 2021. Since the onset of the pandemic Susan has been actively speaking out about myriad of social issues closely tied to her own doctoral work such as our continued failure to recognize families as experts in the health of their relatives, and the problematic results of top down decision making . While her engagement has included participation in webinars and public lectures, her outstanding contributions in the production of thought-provoking Opinion Editorials and live media interviews on senior care, education, and religious diversity are what stood out to the committee as exceptional.

The awards ceremony took place on April 13, 2021 and can be viewed here:


  1. Le Devoir - Couvre-feu et canicules, une question urgente de santé publique by our very own postdoctoral Julien Simard

For the full article, see Le Devoir.


  1. PhD Candidate Monica Batac Awarded Scarlet Key

Monica Batac is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work, a dedicated and inspiring leader whose initiative has had a direct and positive impact on undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff at McGill. More specifically, through her lived experience, she has envisioned new ways of building community for and with racialized students at the university. This has included a dynamic vision for creating the types of spaces that nourish and sustain racialized students on campus and across the larger Montreal community. Both collaborative and community-driven, her most important contribution at McGill has been envisioning and coordinating the first North American academic-community gathering of Filipinas, with over 200 participants including Filipina feminists she has long-admired. Alongside a group of eight undergraduate student mentees, Monica has co-created the very spaces where racialized students, faculty, and community members can find community and in turn see themselves reflected back at McGill.

We are thrilled that Monica was selected for this highly prestigious award, a wonderful recognition of her amazing work.

Learn more about the Scarlet Key Society.


  1. Invitation for Social Workers and Social Work Students to participate in a research study

The Researching the Impact of Service Provider Education (RISE) Project is a collaborative effort between clinician-scientists and scholars at McMaster University, McGill University, and the University of Calgary dedicated to studying child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, education scholarship, research methods, and implementation science. The project is graciously funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

To date, the RISE team has completed qualitative interviews with 102 practitioners and trainees, to better understand the educational needs and preferences of healthcare providers related to safely recognizing and responding to intimate partner violence and child maltreatment. The team would now like your support in responding to an online survey that will help corroborate and further explore findings from the qualitative data.

The RISE Phase 1 survey is anonymous and is open to all Canadian physicians and social workers, as well as medical residents, fellows, and social work trainees completing their education at a Canadian institution. The survey has four sections and should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. All individuals who fully complete the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of six $500 prizes (three prizes are reserved for practicing clinicians and three are reserved for trainees). Please note that the survey is available in both English and French.

Link to English version of the survey:

Link to French version of the survey:

Thank you in advance for considering this invitation to participate in this important work. If you are unable to participate in this study but know someone who you think would be eligible, please feel free to forward this invitation. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the study coordinator, Dr. Anita Acai, at acaia [at]


  1. Call for contributions to OTSTCFQ 20 years

This year, the profession of couple and family therapy in Québec turns 20!

In celebration of these 20 years of professional recognition, Intervention magazine is issuing a call for contributions whose purpose is to provide an update on clinical advances, the development of knowledge, promising models and, finally, the profession’s challenges and future prospects. Contributions can take the form of research papers, stories of practice, or critical reflections and can be submitted in either French or English.

Please see the full description available at:

Deadline for abstracts (350 words maximum): May 31, 2021
Deadline for articles: August 29, 2021
Email: revue.intervention [at]


  1. Call for Applications: Stephen Bronfman Scholarship in Environmental Studies

Applications are now being accepted for a $7,500 second-year or later graduate scholarship in environmental studies. The Stephen Bronfman Scholarship in Environmental Studies is offered to legal Quebec permanent residents in a second year Masters or PhD program in environmental studies at a recognized academic institution, anywhere in the world.

The Recipient of the award will receive a first payment of $6000. Upon reception of a two-page maximum year-end report highlighting how the scholarship helped achieve the desired results, the final $1500 will be awarded. Students in Language, literature, culture, art or music; or in any field of medical, scientific or industrial endeavour or research are welcome to apply.

For guidelines and application form, please visit The Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal website.


  1. New pathway to permanent residency for over 90,000 essential temporary workers and international graduates

The Government of Canada announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers (social work on the list) and international graduates. For graduating International students and recent alum who have a degree from Canada and are interested in Canadian residency, please consider this program which is taking applicants on a first come first serve basis until the 90,000 slots are reached.


  1. Summer Institute on Migration & Mobility Justice course



Limited spaces available for Concordia graduate students (3 credit) and members of the public (non-credit/ $200 CAD registration fee applies). For more information, email: summerinstitute [at]


  1. Jobs and Volunteering

Please visit the website for your most up-to-date information on employment and volunteer opportunities.



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]



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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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