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November 30, 2020

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1. We are Moving!!!

2. McGill School of Social Work Discussion - Dec 2nd @ 11:30am

3. Social Work Race Caucus: Friday, December 4th 11:30 – 12:30 PM.

4. Game Night for Social Work Students: Friday December 4th @ 5pm.

5. Field Fridays: December 4th, 2020 @ 12:30pm-1:30pm

6. EDDII December 11th at 2:30-4:00 pm

7. Bridging the gap between isolation and seniors

8. Migration and Social Work with Nicole Ives

9. Sex Cells! Workshop December 9 from 11:30am-1:30pm

10. Elective Course: CANS-303 migration, power and possibilities for change

11. Call for submissions: Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media

12. Graduate Internship Program 2020/21

13. IMT/MT180 competition launched – share your research!

14. Susan Mintzberg on Quebec’s “secularism” at Christmas time

15. Head & Hands Job Opportunity


One more week of classes, hang in there!

  1. We are Moving!!!

The School will be moving mid December to 550 Sherbrooke while Wilson Hall gets a full overhaul. Our temporary home occupies the second floor of two adjoining buildings with entrances on Sherbrooke, Aylmer and Union. The space includes a new clinic/simulation centre, over 100 workstations for research students and research assistants, and an installation of the School’s 100th anniversary time wall. The Wilson Hall renovations will be completed over several years.

If you have belongings in Wilson Hall and have not yet packed them for the move or brought them home please contact pamela.weightman [at] (1st floor), marilena.orsini [at] (2nd & 3rd floor) or yong.feng [at] (4th floor).


  1. McGill School of Social Work Discussion - Dec 2nd @ 11:30am

Please join us for a School discussion on abolition, activism and social work taking place on December2nd from 11:30-12:30. This event is hosted by the Equity Diversity Decolonization Indigenization Initiative (EDDII) and the discussion will be moderated by Ajantha Vignarajah.

Register in Advance:


  1. Social Work Race Caucus: Friday, December 4th 11:30 – 12:30 PM.

The Race Caucus at the McGill School of Social Work (SSW) is a newly formed group that aims to create a space for its members to critically explore how race, racialization, and racism operates in social work education, pedagogy, and research, and in turn, advocates for the development and implementation of responsive, needs-based interventions within the SSW. This caucus builds on past and ongoing organizing efforts by racialized students, staff, and faculty members at the School, including the Racialized Students Network.

Members of the McGill SSW community who self-identify as racialized, Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour. If you’re interested in joining the Caucus, please email alicia.kyte [at] with your name, affiliation to McGill SSW (student, staff, faculty, alumni), and email address.

The caucus meets every first Friday of the month from 11:30 – 12:30 PM.


  1. Game Night for Social Work Students: Friday December 4th @ 5pm

Join your peers for an End of Semester Game Night, hosted by the School of Social Work Peer Mentorship Program!

Friday December 4th @ 5pm EST /

The Peer Mentorship Program has just received financial support from the Office of the Deputy Provost (Student Life and Learning) to plan some trainings for the Winter of 2021. Stay tuned!


  1. Field Fridays: December 4th, 2020 @ 12:30pm-1:30pm

Weekly informal & optional Zoom meeting with the Field Education Team for students who would like to connect, share concerns and exchange ideas about field education and field placements. Zoom link will be provided to participants. Please email fieldeducation.socialwork [at] if you would like to join.


  1. EDDII December 11th at 2:30-4:00 pm

All members of the School of Social Work community are encouraged to attend the Equity Diversity Decolonization Indigenization Initiative (EDDII) meeting on Friday December 11th at 2:30-4:00 pm. The meeting will focus on opportunities to participate in actions (working groups, events, etc.) to advance objectives from the EDDII Strategic Plan 2020-2024 that will be prioritized in winter and spring 2021. Zoom link:


  1. Bridging the gap between isolation and seniors

Project Connection is a fundraiser organized by two social work students, Sierra Aggett and Jason Spiegler. It is a fundraiser for isolated seniors living in residences. The have set up a GOFUNDME page to be able to raise money to buy tablets for these seniors to connect with their loved ones!

Instagram @pjt.connection [at]


  1. Migration and Social Work with Nicole Ives

Nicole Ives will be teaching SWRK 620 Migration and Social Work this coming winter 2021 term.

The seminar examines how migration’s social, economic, political, legal, and cultural aspects shape the lives of those migrating voluntarily or involuntarily. The course will examine the historical context of migration, current immigration policies, intersection between stages of migration and social work practice, and migration-generating contexts and subsequent international and Canadian responses. Students will analyze both policy implications of internal migration and Canadian immigration policy, history, and the evolving response to refugees and immigrants. Theory-grounded practice with migration-shaped populations is examined. The powerful role that social workers can play in the fight against anti-immigrant policies, sanctions, and discriminatory practices will be central to the course.

The course is open to MSW students as well as BSW students who have a CGPA of 3.30, have not taken more than 6 credits of 600-level courses, and who write to Nicole Ives nicole.ives [at] requesting course approval.


  1. Sex Cells! Workshop December 9 from 11:30am-1:30pm

Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives and the McGill Students Chapter for Scientista are hosting an online workshop on sex- and gender-based analysis plus in research on December 9 (details below). All are welcome to attend.

Sex Cells! A workshop on sex- and gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+) in research

Wednesday, December 9 from 11:30am-1:30pm EST

Online (Zoom) Learn more and register:



ONLINE COURSE - WINTER 2021 Mondays, 2:35-5:25 PM

How, when and why do migrants and communities organize to make concrete changes to social and immigration policies? This past year, narratives and experiences of “essential” and “frontline” workers across Canada have been highlighted in the news, conversations and policy changes. This has brought forward longstanding contradictions and inequities related to immigration status, race, age, sexuality, gender, class, and abilities, access to social services and local to federal policies. But many community organizations have been calling for action on these same issues for many years.

Instructor: Jacqueline Colting-Stol, PhD Student, School of Social Work jacqueline.stol [at]


  1. Call for submissions: Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media

Each year the office of the Vice-Principal Communications and External Relations celebrates those who share their knowledge with the media and the public, through the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement ($5,000) \through Media, now in its fifth year. We encourage all of you who engage in this essential work to apply for the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media. 

The deadline for applications for the 2020 prize is midnight, 18 January 2021.  

For details about the award, click here. 

Read the McGill Reporter story to find out more about last year’s winners. 


  1. Graduate Internship Program 2020/21

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is expanding the Graduate Internship Program (normally known as the Doctoral Internship Program) to allow for in-course internship opportunities for both doctoral and Master’s students in an effort to increase opportunities for professional development under the current circumstances. In-course internships for doctoral students and all internships from Master’s students will need approval from the McGill supervisor, who will sign off on the application form.

Value and Duration: Up to $2,000 per month for an internship of 1-3 months

Students are responsible for securing their internship before submitting their completed and signed application form and supporting documents to GPS online. GPS website offers resources to help identify potential host organizations.

Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

While internships abroad may be permitted in a virtual environment, no physical travel outside of Quebec or requiring air travel is allowed. This is according to the current McGill policy on University-related travel.


  1. IMT/MT180 competition launched – share your research!

McGill’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition (3MT) is back!

In the University-wide competition, graduate students have the chance to showcase their leading-edge research before a live audience. With only three minutes and a single slide, students must engage their audience and convey the complexities of their work to a diverse, non-expert audience. 3MT competitions are now held in over 350 universities in 59 countries around the world and help to cultivate graduate students' academic, presentation and research communication skills.

Register today to be part of this year’s competition or sign up for an information session to learn more:


  1. Susan Mintzberg on Quebec’s “secularism” at Christmas time

PhD student Susan Mintzberg wrote and op-ed in La Presse discussing Quebec’s secularism at Christmas time.


  1. Head & Hands Job Opportunity

Moving Forward with Care was initially conceived as a drop-in, food-based community space for youth 18-25 having recently aged out of involvement with Youth Protection Services. For more information, send email to counselingdirector [at]">Gabriela.


Please visit the School’s website for your 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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