From time to time, the College posts links to research projects which may be of interest to members. Members may wish to consider these opportunities as part of their Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

In order to be included on this page, research must:

  • Be directly related to social work and/or social service work practice and/or regulation.
  • Contribute to ethical and professional practice.
  • Relate directly or indirectly to the mandate of the College.
  • Build upon the knowledge base of the social work and/or social service work professions.
  • Have received ethics board approval.
  • Be conducted under the auspices of an employer, an accredited university or other organization satisfactory to the Registrar.

Disclaimer: The College provides these links only as a convenience. The College does not sponsor or endorse, and is not affiliated or associated with any of the research related to these links. See the College’s Terms and Conditions for more information. The Registrar may, in the Registrar’s sole discretion, deny a request to post a research link.


Current research opportunities

Research study: Research Project About Clinical Supervision
Researchers: Jessica Parisien, BSW, RSW – University of Manitoba Master’s of Social Work Candidate  umparis9@myumanitoba.ca
Description: This study is seeking school social workers to share their experiences with clinical supervision within their practice. Participation will consist of a one-hour virtual interview as well as a one-hour group discussion with fellow school social workers from across Canada regarding the topic of clinical supervision. For more information please contact Jessica Parisien at umparis9@myumanitoba.ca.
End Date:  June 30, 2021


Research study: Strategies for increasing accessibility and equity in health and human service educational programs: national perspectives (National Frontiers in Research Fund Project)
Researchers: Dr. Tal Jarus, Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia
Description: Social workers who have supervised students with accommodation requirements in practicum placements are invited to a national study exploring inclusion in health and human service education programs. Questions? Feel free to reach us at: inclusive.campus@ubc.ca
End Date:  June 30, 2021

Survey link:  https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ImLCtG13c80s9n


Research study: Exploring compassion in social work
Researchers: Gissele Damiani-Taraba, MSc., MSW; Dr. Danielle Law, and Dr. Nancy Freymond, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, Canada
Description:  We are requesting the completion of an online survey in order to assist in the development of compassion based training tailored to social workers.  By completing this survey, you will assist the field in understanding the barriers and facilitators to receiving and giving compassion in different systems including child protection. Please take 15 to 20 minutes to complete this much needed anonymous survey.  This study has been approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB): #6825
End date: August 31st 2021.

Study link: https://wlu.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Knrmw0EbdoNDCu


Research Study: Palliative Care Social Workers/Social Services Workers and Family Caregivers
Researcher: Francesca Scala, PhD, Concordia University
Description: This study is looking for palliative care social workers and social services workers to take part in a one-time virtual interview focused on their understanding of the needs and experiences of family caregivers of people at end-of-life. All participants will receive a $20 e-gift card as a thank you for their participation. For more information, please see the research study poster  or contact the researcher at: Francesca.Scala@concordia.ca
End Date: June 31, 2021


Research study: Explore social workers’ experiences providing mental health services in Canada.
Researchers: Principal Investigator Dr. Catrina Brown (Social Work, Dalhousie) and Co-Investigators: Dr. Donna Baines (Social Work, University of British Columbia), Dr. David Delay (Social Work, University of Manitoba), Dr. Eunjung Lee (Social Work, University of Toronto), Dr. Marjorie Johnstone (Social Work, Dalhousie University) and Dr. Clive Baldwin (Social Work, St. Thomas University).
Description: The key objective of this research is to explore social work mental health practices in Canada through an online survey and interviews among mental health social work practitioners. This research is funded through the Social Sciences Research Council and is based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
End of Date:  June 30th, 2021

Survey link:  https://surveys.dal.ca/opinio/s?s=60237


If you have a question regarding one or more of the above research opportunities, please contact the appropriate researcher(s). If you are a researcher and would like to post your project on this webpage, please contact the College’s Director of Professional Practice, Christina Van Sickle, RSW, at cvansickle@ocswssw.org.