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October 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Since its inception in 1966, the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work (FSW) has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and practicum instruction. The FSW offers social work programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.  The BSW program, located at Laurier's Brantford campus, offers a generalist BSW with a unique focus on Aboriginal issues.  The MSW program has an overarching framework of social justice, equity, inclusivity and relexivity and provides students flexibility in choosing the direction of their learning in micro and/or macro social work practice. more

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FSW Fall Convocation Reception - October 28, 2016
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Laurier explores hidden histories of provincial institutions Laurier explores hidden histories of provincial institutions
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Walk-in therapy clinics more effective than traditional counselling sessions, study finds
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Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work participates in interprofessional showcase Laurier’s Faculty of Social Work participates in interprofessional showcase
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Martha Kuwee Kumsa, Faculty of Social Work Social Work professor Dr. Martha Kuwee Kumsa looks at healing youth violence among urban ethnic minorities. Dr. Kumsa, a native of Ethiopia, has worked with youth from Ethiopia's Oromo community in Toronto. Many of them come from traumatic backgrounds in Ethiopia and have become re-traumatized by the experiences of poverty, racism and social marginalization in their new country.Dr. Kumsa is the lead researcher in a new SSHRC grant entitled “The Self-Other Issue in the Healing Practices of Racialized Minority Youth”. The three year project will take her research to the national level, studying racialized ethnic youth in Toronto, Vancouver, and Kitchener-Waterloo. “My hunch is that the issue of violence is reversible. I think we create violence and we can create healing, too”.

Martha Kuwee Kumsa
Associate Professor,
Faculty of Social Work