Thunder Bay • Orillia

School of Social Work

Social Work is a growing and challenging profession which provides vital services for individuals, groups, families and communities with various kinds of problems 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 social work program at Lakehead, which concentrates on being relevant to the social service needs of northern populations, 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. This requires skill in an integrated practice method which students learn through both classroom courses and field practice experiences in human service agencies with actual client cases under the supervision of a field instructor.

Lakehead has two Honours Bachelor's Degree (HBSW) programs in social work. The four year program is designed to combine a liberal arts education with a professional education. The one year program is designed for those students who have completed the requirements of an approved Bachelor's degree other than social work and related practice experience. Both programs are offered on a full-time and a part-time basis.

The Bachelor's degree in social work is recognized by the profession as the first-level professional degree. Both HBSW programs at Lakehead are fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work which is the standard setting body for Canadian social work programs.

There are varied opportunities open to graduates of the Lakehead University Social Work program to enter practice after graduation; or if qualified, to continue in graduate studies in social work at the masters or eventually doctoral level. Career opportunities exist in various settings where social work practice takes place such as in child and family welfare, mental health, corrections, health services, schools and services for the aged. Career advancement opportunities are available to those who qualify in the areas of supervision, program planning, administration, consultation and university teaching.

Students are also advised of the interdisciplinary minor concentrations in Gerontology, Indigenous Learning, and Women's Studies. The HBSW four-year and one-year programs are offered at both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia.

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The following Sociology program offerings are available:
Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Honours Bachelor of Social Work (TB)(O)
Honours Bachelor of Social Work 1-year (TB)(O)
Honours Bachelor of Social Work (Concentration in Indigenous Learning) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Social Work (Concentration in Women’s Studies) (TB)
Specialization in Women’s Studies for students in the Honours Bachelor of Social Work degree program (TB)(O)