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: Exploring Social Work Practice Patterns of Advance Care Planning (ACP) Conversations Across Ontario: A Pilot Study
Description: Social work researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario are conducting research to better understand Advance Care Planning (ACP) practices across Ontario. The research team is kindly requesting your participation in this survey.  Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you can withdrawal from participation at any time.  The research team does not anticipate any foreseeable risks to participating in this survey. Should you have any questions, please direct them to Principal Investigator, Julie Burnett MSW, RSW at Survey link
End Date: October 31, 2020

Research Study: Social Worker and Teacher Responses to Student Expressions of Trauma in Canadian Schools
Researcher: Christine Mayor, PhD Candidate, supervised by Dr. Shoshana Pollack, Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Description: This study is looking for current or previous Ontario K-12 school social workers to take part in a one-time virtual interview focused on the assessment, responses and support provided to students who have experienced trauma, and the role that race and other forms of identity may play in these responses. All participants will receive your choice of a $20 Chapters or coffee gift card to thank you for your participation. For more information, please see the research study poster or contact the researcher at:
End Date: December 31, 2020

Research Study: Impacts of shared parenting on women and young children: The importance of differentiating families experiencing domestic violence
Researcher: Beth Archer-Kuhn, PhD, MSW, University of Calgary; Michael Saini, PhD, MSW, University of Toronto; and Judith Hughes, PhD, MSW, University of Manitoba
Description: This project proposes to explore the impacts of shared parenting on mothers, and mothers’ understandings and experiences of the impact of shared parenting on their young children; children ages four and younger. Learn more:

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