Welcome to UBC Okanagan’s School of Social Work

mission

As a social work student at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you will experience an intimate, student-centred classroom environment.

Informed by a vision of social justice, the School of Social Work promotes social well-being, change, healing, and growth at multiple levels. We are committed to fostering the integration of varied and diverse theoretical perspectives which contribute to holding central the dynamic interplay between individuals and their environments. Recognition is given to the impact of harmful and oppressive environments, our interdependence, and the human need for caring, loving and sustaining relationships throughout the life course.

We are committed to building collaborative relationships with communities and organizations to create change spanning the continuum from personal to societal for all, including marginalized populations. The School also addresses critical social issues integral to the Okanagan region. In particular, we acknowledge the injustices Indigenous peoples have experienced, their strengths and capacities, their contributions to social work knowledge and practice, and their rights to self-determination.

Striving for excellence in teaching, practice, research, ongoing professional development, and community service, we share knowledge with local, provincial, national and global communities. Undergraduate and graduate programs advance the ideals of international, interdisciplinary, and interprofessional education. The School promotes the values of diversity, creativity, stewardship, leadership and innovation in the teaching-learning process. Our programs develop social workers highly skilled in effective teamwork. Our graduates are clinical social workers who engage in relationally based interventions that include, but are not limited to, counselling and psychotherapy to restore, maintain and enhance well-being.

Our faculty invites you to explore our website and get to know our academic community.