About the Faculty of Social Work
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. The Aboriginal field of study in the MSW program is rooted in a wholistic Indigenous world view and includes the use of Indigenous elders, a traditional circle process, and Indigenous ceremonies. The PhD program provides students with opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth. It is designed to lead to leadership roles in social work in postsecondary education and in policy, research and specialized practice in governmental and human service organizations.
In September 2006, the Faculty opened its doors at the historic St. Jerome’s College/High School, in the heart of downtown Kitchener just four kilometers from the Waterloo campus. Located at Duke and College Streets, the Laurier FSW Kitchener Campus is a 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, housing seven classrooms (including a unique circular classroom for the MSW Aboriginal Field of Study), computer lab, a 2,000 square foot library, interview-viewing room, a large conference/lecture hall, community meeting space, student lounge, and a spiritual room.
The FSW’s downtown Kitchener location places us in proximity to numerous community agencies, and we enjoy strong partnerships with the social services sector both in research and in practicum opportunities for students. The BSW program on the Brantford campus started in September, 2014 and we hope to develop similarly strong partnerships with the social services sector, as well as with Six Nations of the Grand River.
The FSW is governed through a committee structure that includes representation from faculty, students, practicum instructors, and alumni. We are committed to providing a friendly, respectful, and inclusive learning environment. Whether you are a prospective or current student, practicum instructor, alumnus, or community partner, we hope you find information on the website helpful and we welcome your feedback.