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School of Social Work

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:

Further to Quebec government directives, McGill campuses are closed,

with the exception of necessary activities.


For information about the response to the Coronavirus at McGill please go to


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.

School of Social Work

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This FAQ list provides information on questions specific to the School of Social Work. 

For questions about general McGill policies or links to public health resources please consult the McGill central COVID19 resource page and FAQ:

For questions about policies specific to the Faculty of Arts please consult:


School of Social Work Weekly Update 

May 22, 2020

(Click here for FAQs and SSW Update archive)


In our efforts to support the School’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this email provides a weekly update of the activities undertaken by members of the School of Social Work and summarizes any new relevant developments at the level of the University. Our efforts are all aimed at the same goal – to support the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and to ensure that our students are successful in meeting academic degree requirements. 

Please consult the University’s Coronavirus webpage for the most up to date information.


1. Field Education Update

2. Phased in Partial Reopening of Some Campus Activities

3. New Procedure for accessing Wilson Hall

4. Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

5. Covid-19 : il faut un moratoire pour les jeunes de la DPJ

6. June 10: Preparing Courses for Remote Delivery in September

7. Extended Deadline: Celebrating Our Graduates!

8. Grad Discussion Group

9. Reminder: Critical Job Opportunities in Support of COVID-19 Health Efforts


  1. Field Education Update

The switch to a remote delivery of fall classes has raised many questions regarding field placements. We are developing a number of different options, which will be contingent on guidelines from public health, the CIUSSSs and other field agencies, as well as on the availability of field instructors. At the University level we are working with the Faculty of Medicine and the Schools such as Nursing and Occupational Therapy to coordinate field placement plans. We are also closely with CASWE and other schools of social work across Canada. We will keep you informed as options are developed.

To discuss any concerns or issues, we have scheduled the following Field Education Drop-In Zoom sessions:

MSW Field Education Drop-in

Time: May 26, 2020 03:00 PM America/Toronto
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Meeting ID: 923 5937 2818
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BSW Field Education Drop-In

Time: May 26, 2020 04:30 PM America/Toronto

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Meeting ID: 913 4930 9313

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  1. Phased in Partial Reopening of Some Campus Activities

Deputy Provost Labeau announced this week a two phase plan for partial reopening of some research and clinical activities. Some research activities that require campus access are being reviewed as first phase, following a strict safety protocol see \


In a second phase, the University will consider resuming other select activities on campus, such as clinical training in simulations facilities, clinical skills training labs, limited on-campus administrative activities, and plans for individuals to pick up personal belongings or work material. The possibility of holding some social work clinical teaching on campus is being explored as part of this second phase.

  1. New Procedure for accessing Wilson Hall

Please email (with at least 24 hours notice) your request to both nico.trocme [at] and andy.catalano [at] Ensure that your request includes the following information:

  • The reason for your visit (note: visits will only be authorized to retrieve essential work-related materials)
  • The time and day you wish to be on campus
  • The office you will be visiting
  • The anticipated length of your visit (note: visits must be a maximum of 60 minutes)

Additionally, every employee coming to campus must answer the three following questions:

  • Do you have any of these symptoms: cough, fever, difficulty breathing, sudden loss of smell?
  • Have you been out of the country in the last two weeks?
  • Are you in contact with someone who has COVID-19?

The following are important guidelines to follow when to retrieving items from your office.

  • Individuals must respect the 2 meters rule at all times. This includes while in line waiting to enter the building, when circulating in the building and when exiting.
  • Individuals disposing of perishable items, must bring the items with them and are not to use McGill garbage bins as these are no longer being emptied regularly.
  • Individuals should continue to practice health precautions to further reduce the risk of propagation by:
    • Washing their hands often with soap under warm running water for at least 20 seconds
    • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available
  1. Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

Professor Delphine Collin-Vezina has been awarded a $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership grant over 7 years to set up and run the Canadian Consortium on Child Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care. This Partnership unites 39 co-applicants (including Kate Maurer and Mike MacKenzie from our School), 18 collaborators (including Wenda Gabriel and Ben Geboe from our school), and 43 partner organizations from across Canada. This consortium aims to improve the quality of life and trajectories of trauma-impacted children and youth by expanding social responses to child trauma across provinces, linguistic and service sectors, disciplines, and mandates. In the mist of the turbulent time we are facing, it seems that more work in the area of trauma will be more important than ever soon.

  1. Covid-19 : il faut un moratoire pour les jeunes de la DPJ

PhD student Melanie Doucet has published an important article in “La Conversation” calling for the Quebec government to place a moratorium on cuts to child protection services for youth aging out of care during the pandemic. Click here to read Covid-19 : il faut un moratoire pour les jeunes de la DPJ.

  1. June 10: Preparing Courses for Remote Delivery in September

A second faculty and course lecturer Zoom retreat is being held June 10th to support adapting courses to remote delivery. Details about the agenda will follow.

TLS is holding two Remote Delivery Planning workshops:

June 2, 12:00-12:45pm - Register

June 8, 12:00-12:45pm - Register

  1. Extended Deadline: Celebrating Our Graduates!

We have received photos and videos from some of you but are looking forward to receiving even more before May 29th, the extended deadline date. We have hired a professional videographer to help us commemorate your graduation from the School of Social Work and will be posting the video on the School’s Instagram page: so that you can share with friends and family.

Please send your photo, audio and video clip of 10 seconds each to alicia.kyte [at] so that we have sufficient time to upload by the virtual convocation.

We are asking all graduating students to please:

1) send us a recent picture of yourself, and/or

2) send us video and audio recorded responses (up to 10 seconds) to one of the following questions (please choose the one that speaks to you):

  • My vision of my future career in Social Work is…
  • To me, social work means...
  • From my BSW, what I am taking with me is…
  • As a social worker, I will...
  • Or… the message of your choice

Please send your photo, audio and video clip of 10 seconds each to alicia.kyte [at] so that we have sufficient time to upload by the virtual convocation.

  1. Grad Discussion Group

GPS has launched a virtual discussion series for graduate students and postdocs to ask questions, share concerns, and exchange ideas in the current context. The discussion groups are hosted by the Dean of GPS on Zoom every Friday at 12:00 PM EST (May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 & 26)

The Zoom meeting link as well as the telephone numbers to join the meeting(s) will be sent automatically by email following registration. Weekly registration is required to attend the subsequent sessions. For more info, please contact Lorna MacEachern (lorna.maceachern [at]

  1. Reminder: Critical Job Opportunities in Support of COVID-19 Health Efforts

Our partners in the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest de’-I’Île-de-Montréal and the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-I’Île-de-Montréal have urgent need for temporary paid employees on contract to aid in the relief in the CHSLD network. Attached to this update is the contact and application information. Those who join this effort would have access to personal protective equipment, accelerated infection control and PPE training, and access to childcare services where available. This link is to a master list of jobs for social workers.

The government is also seeking social work students and will grant special exercise permits to those with one session left to complete, to lend a hand to the health and social services network. They have temporary and permanent positions to offer: For more information on how to obtain your special permit please call (514) 731-3925 poste 252 or consult the Order of Social Work’s FAQ:

Finally feels like summer and small outdoor socially distanced get togethers have been authorized! Enjoy, and take care,

Take care,


Nico Trocmé, MSW, PhD, 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]


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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