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MHAD 501: Mental Health and Addictions is a continuation of the study of mental health and addiction problems from a lifespan perspective, with a special focus on aging populations. The course is focused on a variety of rehabilitative and treatment modalities used in working with older adults.  Attitudes toward mental health and substance use problems and how they impact helper effectiveness are explored in a supportive milieu. Evidence-based practices such as early detection, harm reduction and health promotion are used as frameworks for the development of skills and knowledge.  Students are introduced to strategies to overcome stigma and support empowerment in a variety of community and facility settings.


Effective social service workers need a good understanding of groups and group skills. This knowledge and skill development can be applied to a large number of settings: in the workplace as a team member; working with specific client groups including children, adolescents, families, special interest groups, learning and discussion groups; planning, implementing and evaluating community development work. Students will work in groups to gain first-hand experience in group dynamics.

This site compliments the face to face classes.

SSW 161 Introduction to Social Policy explores social issues and how they are influenced by cultural ideologies and values. The historical development of social security policies and programs in Canada, within the context of larger global trends is examined. The impact of social policy on populations such as those who live in poverty, people with disabilities and minority populations will be explored with a view to the past, present and potential future status of the social safety net in Canada and other countries around the world.

This seminar in the winter semester is for students enroled in SSW 163. Discussions will focus on field placement activities. The emphasis of the course is on applying the theory of social services to its practice.