News & Announcements

Deborah Goodman and Svetlana Popova track fetal alcohol syndrome

Category: Faculty in the News


FIFSW instructors, Deborah Goodman and Svetlana Popova spoke on TVO’s, The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Distinguished Speaker: Setsuko Thurlow

Category: Alumni in the News


Setsuko Thurlow, one of FIFSW’s prominent alumni who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), delivered an inspiring talk at the Alumni Association’s annual Distinguished Speakers Series.

FIFSW PhD alumna Cindy Blackstock among global leaders to receive honorary degree from UofT

Category: Alumni in the News


Cindy Blackstock is a champion for the rights of Canada’s Indigenous youth. Blackstock has advocated on behalf of Indigenous children on reserves to ensure they receive the same benefits as other youth in Canada. Blackstock, who earned her PhD in social work at U of T, has been an adviser to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

15 honorary degree recipients

Prof. Faye Mishna report on teens and sexting

Category: Faculty in the News


FIFSW Dean and Professor Faye Mishna discusses the new report and the ethical considerations of teens and sexting with Matt Galloway on CBC Metro Morning.

MSW-ITR students recipients of the Indigenous Graduate Travel Award

Category: FIFSW Students in the News


Four UofT students will be able to attend an Indigenous educational or experiential learning activity in 2017-18 largely thanks to the School of Graduate Studies’ Indigenous Graduate Travel Award (up to $1,000 in funding).

Two of the recipients are MSW-ITR students: Brianna Olson and Dustin Moreau.

Brianna Olson will attend the Think Indigenous conference in Saskatoon.

Dustin Moreau attended a First Nations and Inuit suicide prevention conference in Montreal.

Prof. Barbara Fallon uses data to help front-line workers

Category: Faculty in the News


For over 20 years, Dr. Barbara Fallon, Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has been gathering data, both provincially and nationally, to help front-line workers address the needs of kids in the child welfare system.

In one study, she and her co-authors found that just four per cent of maltreatment cases involved physical abuse requiring medical attention. They suggested child welfare services may be focusing on rapid intervention to prevent physical harm instead of a broader assessment of a child’s needs.

More recently, she and her colleagues have looked at the overrepresentation of First Nations children in care. The rate of child maltreatment investigations is more than four times higher among First Nations children, the researchers found, using data from 2008. “The root cause is colonialism,” she says.

Fallon gathers information knowing that behind the statistics are real children and families in need of support.