Social Work

The profession of social work is an exciting and diverse one. From working to develop social policy to providing counselling to individuals and families, social workers are committed to social justice and the well-being of all members of society. Here, at Lakehead University, our program provides you with an opportunity to learn the necessary knowledge and skills to begin your career as a social worker. We pride ourselves on providing a program that is challenging, meaningful, and applicable to a range of professional practice settings. We also are committed to you -- our students -- through the use of small classes, innovative teaching methods and outstanding placement settings.

Our faculty is experienced and enthusiastic bringing a range of practice and research experience to the classroom. The result is a program that is truly exceptional. To find out more about us explore our website or contact us. For HBSW Program information, contact us at the campus of your choice. The MSW program is offered at both our Thunder Bay and Orillia Campuses.

Interested in Social Work?

Social Work is a growing and challenging profession which provides vital services for individuals, groups, families and communities with various kinds of issues in living. Those involved in social work believe in the dignity and worth of each human being and the potential of all persons for continued growth and development throughout their life spans.

The Program

The School of Social Work at Lakehead University delivers a Generalist undergraduate degree while our graduate program provides an Advanced Generalist degree.  The School is an innovative program based on an ecological view of social work practice. This approach stresses the social worker's role in providing and facilitating a comprehensive range of helping experiences which relate to the client's needs as a whole person. 


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Congratulations to All Award Recipients

Congratulations to those faculty and staff who were presented with awards at Senate.

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Social Work Prof Wins Education Award

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