Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)*
Welcome to the Social Work website.
Gdi-nmokaagoom maanpii waasmowin-giigdoowin makoonsing enji-maasjimaawnjiseg.
Greetings! We acknowledge the territory of the Mississaugas of Curve Lake. Boozhoo! Ngii-kendaanaa maanda maanpii nikeyaa Mississauga nji-baa'aad.
The challenging field of Social Work provides
essential supports to communities by helping
its individuals, groups, and families meet their
basic human needs while simultaneously working towards creating the conditions necessary for social change and equality. The new Bachelor of Social
Work at Trent University will prepare graduates
with the knowledge and skills for meaningful
professional practice in a wide range of social
work contexts. Through an interdisciplinary
curriculum grounded in social justice, human
rights, and cultural awareness, you will develop a
strong foundation of clinical knowledge, critical
thinking skills, and social responsibility. You
will explore a range of contemporary themes
connected to social work from across disciplines
in your first two years. Students who qualify for
the professional years (years 3 and 4) will focus on the integration of social work theory and practice including more than 700
hours of supervised clinical placement.
The Social Work Program's mission is to deliver a Bachelor of Social Work program that advances knowledge and understanding of intersecting injustices and oppressive structures that create inequality, personal hardship, and suffering for marginalized peoples. Our faculty and staff are committeed to politicized social work practice that is grounded in anti-oppressive approaches to social work. Emphasizing social justice, social action, and the core ideals and values of our profession, and based on mutual respect, community collaboration, diversity, open-mindedness, acceptance, compassion, and flexibility we endeavour to prepare students to be professional effective practitioners and assist them to develop the vision, knowledge, and skills necessary for ethical practice. From the classroom to field placement, and all of the places, relationships, and experiences in between, we hope to foster a commitment and passion to engage with us in creating the conditions necessary for equality, social justice, and social change.
The Department of Social Work has earned pre-accreditation status from CASWE for our social work program.
Dr. Bruce Cater,
Department of Social Work
Current as of September 2016.