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September 14, 2020

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1. Scholar Strike Canada

2. Fall 2020 Remote Teaching

3. Field Education Update

4. School of Social Work EDDII Strategic Plan for 2020-2022

5. Black children five times more likely than White children to be placed in out-of-home care

6. Restraint, seclusion and time-out among children and youth in group homes

7. Imagining a Post-Pandemic World (September 23)

8. Grads in the News

9. SAFE Mental Health Counselling Service

10. Movies for Mental Health (Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence): September 22 from 6-8 p.m.


1. Scholar Strike Canada

Scholar Strike Canada brought to classrooms and meetings the harsh realities of anti-Black, racist, and colonial brutality in the US, Canada, and elsewhere. Many students and faculty took the time to join some of the teach in events. In the light of the White supremacist violence south of the border, Desmond Cole’s lecture on police violence was a stark reminder of the extent of police violence and anti-Black racism in Canada. Idil Abdiliahi and Beverly Bain’s discussion highlighted some of the ways academe reproduces this violence. Recorded lectures and discussions are available at:

2. Fall 2020 Remote Teaching

Fall 2020 term social work classes will mostly be taught remotely through a combination of Zoom class meetings during part of the scheduled class times, and pre-recorded lectures. Course syllabi with details about scheduled class meetings will be posted on MyCourses. Plans have not yet been finalized for winter term classes.

Instructors have made every effort to adapt their courses to remote learning formats following the Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) Remote Teaching Guidelines and McGill’s Best Practices guide. In addition, members of the BSW, MSW, CFT and PhD Program Committees have reviewed the course syllabi to maximize between course coordination. Students should let their instructors know if there are additional adaptations that would help support their learning. While we all miss the richness of in-person contact, the remote format opens up possibilities for introducing alternate modes of teaching and learning. We are fortunate to be able to continue our work and learning, despite the pandemic: there will be some glitches, but with patience and good will, let’s make this a productive term!


3. Field Education Update

Field Fridays:

Weekly informal and optional zoom meeting with the Field Education team

Every Friday (next one Sept.18, 2020) at 12:30 pm at the following zoom:

Meeting ID: 775 518 5022


4. School of Social Work EDDII Strategic Plan for 2020-2022

Let’s Work together!

Participate in the survey:

Attend a Town hall to discuss the proposal (Zoom links TBA):

Wednesday September 30th 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Thursday October 1st 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Contact us: edissw [at] ()


5. Black children five times more likely than White children to be placed in out-of-home care

In a study published this month in a leading international journal, Professor Alicia Boatswain-Kyte and colleagues tracked child protection services over a ten-year span for a group of close to 16,000 children involved in an urban agency in Quebec. They found that “while representing 9% of the general population in 2011, Black children represented 24% of children receiving child protection services for the corresponding year. When compared to White children, Black children’s protection reports were five times more likely to be screened in, substantiated, and brought to court. Black children were also five times more likely than White children to enter out-of-home placement”.


6. Restraint, seclusion and time-out among children and youth in group homes

Post-doctoral student Alexandra Matte-Landry and Professor Delphine Collin-Vézina have just published a study about the use of restrictive interventions in group homes and residential treatment centers. Click here to read the article.


7. Imagining a Post-Pandemic World (September 23)

This webinar will bring together Prof. Daniel Béland, Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada - MISC and Prof. Delphine Collin-Vézina, Director of the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families - CRCF, for an insightful conversation moderated by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Antonia Maioni. Building on their extensive research in the fields of social work, sociology and political science, the panelists will discuss the pandemic's impact on families and vulnerable communities, and will explore the potentially lasting ramifications if adequate resources and policies are not put in place to address it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 4:30 PM to 5:15 PM

RSVP: Register from Aug. 18 to Sep. 22, 2020

Contact: Doa Mansour, doaa.mansour [at]


8. Grads in the News

Baptism by fire: In a recent article published in the Globe and Mail, MSW Graduate Silken Chan on working in Quebec’s long-term care during COVID-19

I an article in La Presse Susan Mintzberg, PhD candidate in social work at McGill University challenges Quebec cabinet ministers to hold their meetings using the same conditions that children are facing in their schools.


9. SAFE Mental Health Counselling Service

Keep.meSafe is a collaboration between PGSS, SSMU, and McGill University to give our students access to comprehensive mental health services. All students pay $2.75/semester to access these services.

Keep.meSAFE is a mental health counselling service that specializes in student mental health support and provides access to:

  • In-person counselling appointments with hundreds of licensed counsellors in the City of Montreal, with minimal wait times.
  • 24/7/365 immediate and unlimited access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat, even when travelling abroad.
  • Mental health care in over 60 languages.

These services are provided at no additional costs and are unlimited for all McGill students including undergraduate, graduate, Post-docs, continuing studies, and recent graduates (up to 6 months post-graduation). For more information, please visit the PGSS keep.meSAFE page.


10. Movies for Mental Health (Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence): September 22 from 6-8 p.m.

Knowing that art speaks the language of our interior worlds, Movies for Mental Health Online (Supportive Communities for Survivors stream) organized by McGill’s Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) is an event that harnesses film to engage with participants on the vital topics of mental health, and the mental health effects of sexual violence on individuals and communities. On September 22, 2020, students, educators, community members, and health professionals are welcome to join and see how short film has the power to increase understanding around these very important topics and build compassion for people impacted by sexual violence. Hosted by national organization Art With Impact, participants will be guided along this interactive free 2-hour virtual workshop using film and a panel discussion highlighting student lived experiences and support resources on and off campus. Reserve your spot here

This event is part of the OSVRSE’s annual #ConsentMcGill Campaign running from September 21-October 2, 2020. With over 8 virtual events designed to create a dialogue about and increase the understanding of consent, healthy relationships, and sexual violence prevention and support for survivors. All are welcome to attend! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to learn more!



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]


April 17, 2020

Subject:  Call to join humanitarian effort to help our elderly

To all students in the health professions and health sciences:

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary situation calling for extraordinary actions. As reported earlier this week, the province’s CHSLD network is short some 1,250 workers. Quebec’s elderly in the Montreal area and our health care staff need your immediate assistance.

As McGill students in the health professions, sciences and related disciplines, you can directly contribute by joining the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest de-l’Île-de-Montréal or the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal as temporary paid employees on contract. These two McGill affiliated CIUSSSs include several long-term-care centres and private seniors’ residences in their networks. We are coming together as a community to help our elderly in Montreal. This effort is part of a broad appeal for assistance by the Ministers of Education and Higher Education and of Health and Social Services. Thank you, in advance, for considering giving your time and support if you are able, taking into account academic and other responsibilities.

Note: should you decide to devote time to this collective effort, we ask that you do so outside of your regular academic courses and activities.

For complete details, click here.

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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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