School of Social Work

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A tribute to Nelson Mandela

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." Nelson Mandela

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March to resist cuts to social services

Resisting neoliberalism

School of Social Work faculty Cheryl Moir-van Iersel and Yvonne Haist march to demonstrate the school's opposition to cuts to social services.

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Social Work Students work on their journals

Innovative teaching and learning

Students in the summer intensive course "Collaborative Conversations" use art journals to express their thoughts, feelings and questions.

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Distance education

Flexible learning through our distance education program

Darren Usher lived and worked from Vancouver while he completed his Bachelor of Social Work through distance education. "I selected the School of Social Work at UVic because of the distance education program and its excellent reputation."

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Kundoqk, Jacquie Green is first Indigenous director

Our director, Kundoqk, Dr. Jacquie Green (Haisla) is the first Indigenous director of any mainstream post-secondary social-work program in Canada.

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Students, staff and elders

Indigenous specializations

Learn about undergraduate and graduate specializations for Indigenous students.

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Share our commitment. Bring justice to life.

Learn how to impact change with our flexible and innovative programs. Choose from the standard program or one of three specializations in our Bachelor of Social Work program, or develop critical skills with one of our three distinct Master of Social Work programs.

Learn in a supportive environment that promotes equity, respect, responsibility, curiosity, collaboration, risk-taking and creativity.

Learn where you live

Complete your BSW courses through on-campus/distance education delivery or by distance education. You can choose to complete the program by taking a combination of on-campus/blended learning courses and distance education courses.

Ideafest Social Work LogoIdeafest Panel: Indigenous Social Work in the Neoliberal Era:
Join a diverse panel compiled of students, professors and community members in discussing the importance of Indigenous social work in a neoliberal era and the challenges of putting theory to practice. The panel includes Katherine Richie (co-ordinator for Fostering Education for Youth in Care), Todd Ormiston (sessional instructor for the School of Social Work), and Laurie Harding (Indigenous Cultural Competency Online Program Facilitator at BC Provincial Health Services Authority).


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Linking Theory and Practice:

Victoria Community Based Social Work Agencies meet with UVic faculty, staff and students to discuss the connections between theory and practice in their work.
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BSW Graduate, Annita McPhee, recieves an Indigenous Leadership Award honouring her role as President of the Tahltan Central Council and her work with Aboriginal rights and title, land conservation, mentorship, and responsible economic development. Read her bio online.


Indigenous Specialization LogoIndigenous Practicum Agency Partner, Kwumut Lelum, wins the MLS Community MVP Award.


Jacquie GreenJacquie Green, School of Social Work director is interviewed by Gregor Craigie, host of CBC Victoria - On The Island. (September 26, 2014 interview).


Avoiding the PrecipiceAvoiding the Precipice: An Evaluation of Aunt Leah's Link Program in Supporting Youth from Foster Care - Report by Deborah Rutman, PhD, Carol Hubberstey, MA and Sharon Hume, MSW.


Carolyn PeacockMSW June 2014 Graduate, Carolyn Peacock, is featured in The Ring - Noted Children's Advocate Seeks Wider Impact


Reconfiguring CitizenshipCongratulations to Associate Professor Mehmoona Moosa-Mitha and Adjunct Professor Lena Dominelli on the release of their new book, "Reconfiguring Citizenship Social Exclusion and Diversity within Inclusive Citizenship Practices". Contributions from various members of the UVic community including Leslie Brown, Jeannine Carriere, Jacquie Green, and Robina Thomas.