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  1. 8 hours ago, Ihatethissomuch said:

    I don’t know of many BSW programs that have a clinical focus. 

    You need a masters in social work to do clinical work. 

    I am wondering if it depends on the province. We had a MSW student at our clinic (in NS) who was working as a BSW prior in New Brunswick. She told us it is not uncommon for BSW's to do clinical therapy (mostly CBT and SRP) in community mental health clinics. It may be because the need is so high with all the rural areas with limited resources in the maritimes. 

  2. 18 hours ago, lulu76 said:

    Thank you! How important do you think a clinical focus is at the BSW level? Is it possible to do clinical work immediately post a BSW or would I likely need my MSW? Other BSW programs I applied to include Waterloo and McMaster.

    I think it is important if that is your goal in the end! Some BSW's in NS can get jobs doing Community Outreach, and subsequently they need to do a lot of self-directed learning on clinical therapeutic strategies. I am biased though because my background is in nursing and my primary role is doing clinical therapy.

  3. 16 hours ago, lulu76 said:

    Hi Everyone,

    I applied to Laurier's MSW program and didn't get in, but I've now been accepted into Dalhousie's BSW distance delivery program (yay!!). I'm curious about people's thoughts on pursuing the BSW now and then ultimately doing a 1 year MSW versus holding out and re-applying to the 2 year MSW next year (I'm a mature student and have improved my grades as a post-degree student since my original MSW application). My hope is to work in mental health.

    Also, any input on Dal's BSW distance delivery program is much appreciated.


    Friends and colleagues have told me that Dal is not a very clinical school for both BSW and MSW. I think it totally makes sense to do a distance bsw esp if you are working and then only have to do a 1 year msw! I would do a pros and cons list :)

  4. On 5/14/2019 at 8:34 PM, dolnin said:

    Hey all, 

    Lot's of great information in this thread. I'm wondering if there is anyone in the same situation as me: 5+ years of experience in social services, graduated with a non-bsw undergraduate degree. 

    I'm hoping to get into health related social work such as "mental health clinician,"  or working as a resource social worker, residential or hospital." I know that with MCFD they do look for undergraduate + experience, where as the health authorities seem to require MSW. 

    I reside in BC, and Im looking for something flexible that I can do either online or part-time/evenings, so I can still work.  At this point i'm not sure if I should be spending my time and money on a BSW is best so that I can do an advanced MSW. I've researched so many schools and I still am not making any progress... 

    Anyone in the same boat? 

    I have been a therapist for 5 years (mental health nurse is my background) I was accepted into the distance part-time MSW program at Laurier. My motivation to do this was so I could work privately and not have to worry about losing clients due to lack of insurance coverage.


    Good luck!

  5. On 4/30/2019 at 7:43 PM, blueeyedblonde said:

    Does anyone who applied to Laurier know if there is a place to check your application status? If there is, I can't seem to find it. The website only states they'll e-mail with a decision.
    Now that my application is in, naturally I need somewhere to obsessively check every 20 minutes for the next several months. 

    LORIS is where you can check :) if the page looks the same as when you uploaded all the stuff, my understanding is that a decision hasn't been made yet. Good luck!

  6. On 4/15/2019 at 9:01 PM, smile4matsie said:

    Long time lurker here. I applied to the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson for MSW advanced standing programs.  I was rejected by Ryerson (WTH...I had my BSW from Ry) and waitlisted by UofT and York.  I was offered acceptance by York University on April 12, 2019, with $10 000 funding with fellowship.  I've accepted their offer.  Previously my status on MyFile stated - application under consideration.  

    I had until April 26th to accept.  I'm assuming the next round of acceptances for people on the waitlist will go out after April 26th.  Good luck to everyone still waiting. This process was more intense than I expected.

    Congrats! That's amazing.

  7. Hi folks! Congrats to those who have heard from Laurier! And to everyone else who has been accepted to other universities.

    Has anyone heard from Laurier for the 2.5 year online part-time program Sept 2019 yet? I have butterflies!



  8. On 2/26/2019 at 6:20 PM, SuzyH said:

    I found out I was accepted to Laurier through Loris before the e-mail went out, if that helps at all. I am still waiting to hear from Waterloo. Positive vibes to all!

    thank you that is valuable information!

  9. 15 hours ago, SocialWERK2019 said:

    I attended Dal's BSW. I enjoyed it, however it was very social justice and research-oriented and not very practical. I have heard the MSW is a lot more practical though. I've heard really good things about Waterloo's MSW, which is very clinical. So it really depends what you're looking for. 

    that is consistent with what I've heard :)

  10. On 3/1/2019 at 10:01 AM, Ihatethissomuch said:

    I certainly didn't mean to downplay anyone's accomplishments, and I'm sorry that you interpreted my comments that way. I also wasn't referring to 'wow-ing' on paper as the personal statements - as obviously I have not read everyone's statements. What I meant was that some individuals get in who may not have the highest GPA / highest amount of hours of experience. Obviously they have displayed something else that certain schools feel is fantastic/ beneficial / relevant to their program. 

    I was not discrediting anyone's accomplishments. I was not minimizing anyone's efforts or dis valuing celebration of hard work. 

    ALL I meant was that comparing yourself to others on here will not help anyone 'guess' or determine what their admission status will be.


    I found your comment to be somewhat personally attacking of my character - however I'm not assuming that that was your intention. I am guessing you felt somewhat defensive of your acceptance. 


    I get it! It can cause a sense of anxiety to read everyone's posts and there are certainly urges of self-comparison. At least that's what I do, haha! I find it helpful and interesting for me though, I enjoy to connect with folks who have similar goals as I.

    Seems like you're having a reaction to this, and it's ok! Let your experience be your guide, if this forum is unhelpful, no need to look. However, perhaps you could be curious about the experience well and see if there is anything else you are reacting to underneath the surface.

    All the best :) I hope you get in!

  11. On 2/27/2019 at 5:39 PM, hellohamilton said:

    does anyone have any thoughts on waterloo vs dalhousie?  i am leaning towards dalhousie (and good thing as i have paid the fee) but really want to know about laurier!

    also even though i wasn't super keen on uvic i feel kind of bummed that i didn't get in and want feedback on my application!  does anyone else get this way?!?

    Full disclosure: Have never attended Dal. I work with ++ social workers who enjoyed Waterloo and bash Dal, especially the undergrad program. I know about 5 who have completed DAL MSW and they said it did not blow them away and at the same time got them the piece of paper they needed. Part of the reason why I didn't apply there.


  12. On 2/26/2019 at 11:33 PM, hellohamilton said:

    i am in a similar position!  i have heard from dal - still waiting for laurier, u vic and waterloo.  the wait is so hard!  i think i am going to end up paying $200 to secure dalhousie as the deadline for that is march 2nd.  erg.  

    wow that is not much time, when did you hear back from Dal (I didn't apply there, just curious)?

  13. 14 hours ago, SuzyH said:

    What season did you apply to? I was accepted but for May season. I know different cohorts have different dates as well. Don't panic!

    September 2019! My anxiety has decreased :) 

  14. 15 hours ago, ayxl said:

    I was going to say the same thing haha, those acceptances were for a different cohort. have you spoken to any of their admissions officers during the application proces?

    No, there was a bit of time crunch to get this in. I had kind of given up on SW for a while because Dalhousie is the closest program to me, and they would not accept at Bachelor of Science in Nursing but then I found that Laurier would! So I had a month to get everything together.

  15. Just now, ayxl said:

    I did!! :) good luck!

    Yay! That's awesome! I started reading this thread backwards and I am now on page 12, I am noticing I am having a little bit of a reaction to some people being accepted already to Laurier #catastrophizing 

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