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MSW Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency

The Master of Social Work in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency (ITR) was created when the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) and the Middelton- Moz Institute approached the Factor- Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, suggesting a unique collaboration to develop capacity in Indigenous communities.

As the first of its kind in North America, this two-year Master’s program is dedicated to preparing advanced social work professionals to work with individuals, families and communities who have been affected by historical and generational trauma. It focuses on theoretical knowledge, personal development and skill-building  through face-to-face week-long courses, online distance learning and field placements. Grounded in the North American Indigenous values of belonging, cooperation, respect and kindness, and inspired by indigenous traditions from around the globe, the ITR emphasizes at all times the strong connection between personal, cultural, professional, and academic development, and the importance of building on existing strength and resilience.

The ITR field of study provides students with a course of study in trauma relevant to the complex needs and demands of practitioners working with individuals, families, schools and communities affected by generational and historical pain and suffering. Students will learn first-hand the effects of trauma through experiential knowledge and learned knowledge from experts in the area. Students will undertake a two-year course of study that focuses on theoretical knowledge, personal development and skill building through face-to-face seminars, on-line distance learning and mentoring through field placements.


Indigenous Student Services – University of Toronto

First Nations House provides culturally relevant services to Indigenous students in support of academic success, personal growth and leadership development.