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February 9, 2021

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1. Black History Month Events

2. CASWE Accreditation extended to January 31, 2023

3. New School of Social Work Student Support Coordinator: Nicole Mitchell

4. Field Education Updates

5 Research Seminar with Régine Débrosse, Feb. 17, 2021, 12-1 pm

6. The Trans Youth & Families Journal Watch

7. Nicole Ives: Decolonization, Indigenization, Spirituality, and Buddhist Social Work

8. Temporary new address for delivery of mail and packages

9. PGSS Graduate Student Peer Support Initiative launched

10. New McGill Black Student Affairs Liaison, Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo

11. McGill Library Update - Winter 2021

12. Summer 2021 Course Lecturer Position

13. Forces AVENIR Applications Open Now!

14. Call for applications: Global Health Scholars (Graduate) Program & Summer Institute

15. Candidates for Info Social (info rec’d in French only)

16. Services aux femmes Mission Old Brewery


  1. Black History Month Events

Black History Month 2021 Calendar of Events.

TODAY Tuesday February 9th,2021 from 11:30–1:00 pm: Social (In)justice, Racism, and the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Precarious Entanglement among Blacks in Canada presented by: Professor Joseph Mensah


  1. CASWE Accreditation extended to January 31, 2023

The accreditation of the School’s BSW and MSW programs has been extended to January 31, 2023. The accreditation site visit, which was originally scheduled for this past fall, will be rescheduled once the School is back to in person classes and travel is safe for the COA reviewers.


  1. New School of Social Work Student Support Coordinator: Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell has been hired to take on the role of the School of Social Work Student Support Coordinator. Her mandate is to:

  • Respond to students' needs for support
  • Provide links to internal McGill resources, i.e. Wellness Hub, etc.
  • Provide links to external resources, i.e. community services, etc.

Office hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 12:00pm- 2:00pm

Please email Nicole for an appointment: studentsupport.socialwork [at]


  1. Field Education Updates

Field Fridays:

Join us for a weekly informal chat to discuss any issues or concerns regarding your field placements.

Every Friday at 12:30pm-1:30pm (Drop-In)

Please email fieldeducation.socialwork [at] for the zoom links.

MSW Professional Learning Community (PLC):

MSW students will have the opportunity to foster collaborative learning by:

Discussing challenges in their field placements

Discussing ethical issues

Reflecting collectively on cases and discussing interventions and strategies

Exchanging professional knowledge

Receiving peer support

This will take place every other Friday, from 1:30-2:30pm. Dates for the Winter 2021 Semester are: February 19th, March 12th, March 26th, April 9th.

Please email fieldeducation.socialwork [at] for the zoom links.


  1. Research Seminar with Régine Débrosse, Feb. 17, 2021, 12-1 pm

Black youths, Indigenous youths, and other youths of color demonstrate strength and resilience in myriad of ways. However, they are often portrayed through narrow narratives and negative stereotypes characterized by lower expectations of success. These portrayals that can, in turn, generate perceptions that belonging in their racial/ethnic community is not aligned with reaching their future aspirations (i.e. ethnic/ideal alignment). In longitudinal, field and experimental studies, my research found that BIPOC students who perceive little alignment between who they aspire to be, and their ethnic identity tend to disengage academically. Then, integrating identity-based motivation and strength-based approaches, I will introduce a task that elicits reflections on how Black and Latinx communities view their own resilience - and examine its impact in randomized controlled trials. Findings will be discussed in connection with systemic barriers, strengths-based approaches, and programs to reduce disparities.

Join Zoom Meeting:

For more information on CRCF's research seminars, please click here.


  1. The Trans Youth & Families Journal Watch

The Trans Youth & Families Journal Watch will begin meeting again starting in March, so please let me know if you or someone you know is interested in joining!

We are a group of researchers, professionals in various roles/sectors, and students, who gather once a month to review new literature regarding Trans youth and their families. Our aim is to improve knowledge, exchange, visibility, services, and health and social wellbeing regarding Trans youth and their families. At each meeting, members will select 1-2 articles to review (on a volunteer basis) and present briefly (a few minutes) to the group; articles are then discussed as a group.

Our meeting in March is by zoom on Weds March 17th, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm (EST).

Please email irene.beeman [at] if you would like to join this meeting, or future meetings, so you can receive the reading list.


  1. Nicole Ives: Decolonization, Indigenization, Spirituality, and Buddhist Social Work

Professor Ives will be presenting a talk on “Decolonization, Indigenization, Spirituality, and Buddhist Social Work – Social Work Academics Resisting the Globalization of Western-rooted Social Work” at the ARIISW - Shukutoku University – The 5th International Academic Forum

Visit: for details.


  1. Temporary new address for delivery of mail and packages

Until we return to working at the office located at 550 Sherbrooke, please direct all mail and package delivery to McGill’s central mailroom: 3465 Durocher, Room #13 Basement, Montreal, QC, H2X 2C6

When there is a package to be delivered, please include a phone number where the addressee can be reached.

All mail and packages will be sent to the receiving hub administrator in Arts B20 (basement of the Arts building, behind Dawson Hall) who will contact the addressee for pick up. The pick-up times are from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm. Signage has been set up leading to Arts B20. Should you need to contact Arts B020, the cell is 514-554-7080.

  1. PGSS Graduate Student Peer Support Initiative launched

The Graduate Student Peer Support Initiative was launched by the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) to improve the well-being of graduate students and reduce the stigma around mental health.

As a reminder, this program is a free active-listening service that will match students with a trained peer. Once matched, the graduate student will be able to meet this peer one-to-one and discuss any issue in confidence. Students can seek support by filling out an online form. The peer support coordinator will be in touch within 48 hours.

For all other information regarding health resources available for PGSS members, students can visit the PGSS Health and Wellness Committee page.

NOTE: PGSS peer support is meant to provide support for those in need but cannot provide students with advice. If students are in need of urgent professional care, a list of resources is available through the Wellness Hub.

For more info contact: peer-support.pgss [at]


  1. New McGill Black Student Affairs Liaison, Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo

The Black Student Affairs Liaison position was created pursuant to the University’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism.

In this role, Antoine-Samuel will be responsible for connecting with and supporting Black graduate students across McGill to ensure that their needs and interests are communicated effectively to the University and addressed in a timely and effective manner.

As part of his role, Antoine-Samuel can refer individuals to resources aimed at supporting Black students and ensuring their success and wellness. Graduate students can book one-on-one appointments with him via email (/Users/nicot/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/OOJLHOX9/antoine-samuel.mauffettealavo [at]">antoine-samuel.mauffettealavo [at]

To learn more about the position and receive targeted communications, we invite members of the Black graduate community to fill out this short webform.

For more info contact Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo antoine-samuel.mauffettealavo [at]


  1. McGill Library Update - Winter 2021

This term takes advantage of the Library’s collections, services, spaces, and staff. Despite some of the limitations placed on operations, the Library continues to offer in-person study spaces and many virtual services:

  • Study Hubs – Book a slot at one of the Study Hubs and enjoy a quiet study space. Click here to learn more about the Study Hubs and how to book a slot.
  • Library Pickup Service – Borrow physical items like print books, CDs, and DVDs from the Library using the Library Pickup Service. This is a contactless pickup service open to all current students, faculty, and staff. There are some restrictions on the materials you can borrow so visit the website here for more information and to fill out a request form.
  • Article / Chapter Scan Service – Do you need a chapter from a print book or an article only available in a print journal? Request scanned sections from print materials and a PDF will be emailed to you. Click here to learn more about this service.
  • Interlibrary loan (ILL) – Looking for a book or an article from a journal that McGill does not own or have access to? Request these materials through ILL and we will source the book or article from another library. Click here to learn more about ILL.
  • Virtual Reference Service – Take advantage of chat and email reference services, 7 days a week from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Do you have a question about your library account, can’t get the full-text of an article, not sure where to start your research? Ask us and we can help.
  • Virtual Workshops – The Library is offering a variety of online workshops this semester. Topics range from APA Citation Style tutorials to how to produce a podcast. See the complete workshops calendar here.
  • Liaison Librarian - Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, your Liaison Librarian, if you require assistance with anything related to research, teaching, and learning. Contact me anytime and we can communicate over email or schedule a meeting on Zoom: nikki.tummon [at]


  1. Summer 2021 Course Lecturer Position

The following job posting for 1 Course Lecturer position for the Summer 2021 Term is now live on WorkDay for application until February 15th.

Job Requisition# JR0000008245

Job Title: Course Lecturer SWRK 321 - Introduction to Practice with Groups

Term Dates: May 3rd - June 6, 2021

Course Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:35-11:25 (Note this course will be taught online)

If you have a WorkDay profile (i.e. are currently employed at McGill or have recently been employed at McGill), you must apply as an internal otherwise we will not be able to action your hire should you be the applicant with most MCLIU Priority Points who meets the minimum TQRs. You must connect to McGill VPN prior to opening a web browser to access your WorkDay Profile.

If you do not know whether you have an internal WorkDay profile (or cannot access it and need assistance logging in or setting up VPN) you will need to contact IT directly. IT is now offering face-to-face “live” support. You can select an appointment time directly on the calendar with their Virtual Walk-in Service ( and an IT representative will guide you, one-on-one, though the process for 2FA, VPN, and WorkDay login.

Here is the help document link to apply as an internal candidate:

Here is the help document link to apply as an external candidate:


  1. Forces AVENIR Applications Open Now!

Forces AVENIR aims to recognize, honour and promote the commitment of students in projects that contribute to the development of socially conscious, active and responsible citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world. Forces AVENIR category Finalists are awarded $2000, and the winners of each category are awarded $15,000, in addition to significant exposure within Quebec media, and introductions to invaluable contacts in various industries. More information can be found on the Dean of Students website.

The Office of the Dean of Students will be hosting several 30 minute information sessions on Forces AVENIR – students can sign up on myinvolvement. The dates and times of the information sessions are:

  • Wednesday February 10th at 12pm
  • Tuesday February 23rd at 10am
  • Friday March 12th at 4pm

The deadline to OPEN an application is March 31st, and the last day to EDIT an application is April 11th – no applications will be accepted after this date.


  1. Call for applications: Global Health Scholars (Graduate) Program & Summer Institute

McGill Global Health Programs is currently accepting applications from McGill Masters and Doctoral students from all Faculties, Schools and Departments for its Global Health Scholars – Graduate Program.

This opportunity supports McGill graduate students from any faculty engaged in research addressing health inequities in low and middle-income countries or Northern Canada. Selected students will receive at least $1,500 CAD and will also benefit from a variety of training and networking opportunities organized by GHP throughout the academic year. The research project submitted for funding consideration must be related to the student’s thesis or graduation requirements and must be conducted under the supervision of a McGill faculty member. During the academic year, Global Health Scholars also benefit from a variety of training and networking opportunities organized by Global Health Programs.

More information:

Application form:

Application Deadline: February 17, 2021, 11:59 PM


  1. Candidates for Info Social (info rec’d in French only)

Sous l’autorité de chef d’administration de programme Info-social, la personne offre à la population, au sein d’un service 24/7, 7 jours semaine, une intervention téléphonique de nature psychosociale dans le respect de la mission et de la philosophie du service Info-Santé/Info-Social. Elle identifie, analyse et évalue les besoins psychosociaux de l’usager et fournit les services et les conseils relatifs à la situation de l’usager.

For more information, please contact nicole.mitchell2 [at] (Nicole Mitchell).


  1. Services aux femmes Mission Old Brewery

Nous sommes à la recherche d’une coordonnatrice clinique pour le remplacement du congé maternité de notre collègue. Un poste d’une année, au sein d’une équipe stimulante et engagée auprès des femmes vulnérables.

Poste de coordonnatrice clinique des services aux femmes du pavillon Patricia Mckenzie

Merci d’adresser votre candidature à l’attention de Neila Ben Ayed,

Directrice adjointe des services aux femme nbenayed [at]


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]



School of Social Work

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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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