Purpose of Collection: The Social Work collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Social Work is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Public Affairs. As such, the collection also provides support for, and draws from a wide variety of related fields such as Psychology, Sociology, Human Rights, Economics, Public Administration, Canadian Studies, Women’s’ Studies, Indigenous Studies, Criminology, Political Economy, Political Science, and Public Administration.

The collection will focus on the structural approach to social work, upon which programs at Carleton University are built.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our subject guides for Social Work, Psychology, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Economics, Indigenous Studies.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Social services: aging and the aged, corrections, disability, family and children’s services including health care and education, Indigenous issues, health issues, homelessness, income and work, information technologies in human services, international social services/welfare (comparative), mental health, poverty, sexuality, trauma, youth, immigration
  • Social work theories and models: anti-oppression issues and practice, anti-racism, class analysis, cross-cultural counseling, empowerment, feminist counseling, therapy and theory, social group work, participatory and collaborative research methodologies, post modernism and post structuralism in social work, queer theory, social movements, systems theory, structural social work
  • Clinical social work: therapeutic relationship, evidence-based practice, contemporary psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, feminist therapies, mindfulness, dialectical behavioural therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, narrative therapy, emotionally-focused couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy, play therapy, trauma therapies, trauma-informed care, intergenerational transmission of trauma, attachment theory, common factors model, Neuroscience and social work (e.g., interpersonal neurobiology, neurosequential model, polyvagal theory), Emotion and emotional regulation, Addiction treatment (e.g., harm reduction), grief and loss, violence (e.g., intimate partner violence, family violence, community violence)
  • Social administration: administration, policy and program planning methods, financial management in human services and non-profit organizations, decision-making, fund raising/grant writing for human services and non-profits, new managerialist critique, program evaluation, leadership, management, supervision
  • Social policy
  • History of social work and social welfare
  • Social welfare history and social movements: anti-racism, labour, poverty, women, environment, cooperatives; GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bisexual and Transgender), disability rights, etc.
  • Social work education
  • Community practice: community development, community and grassroots organizing, community assessment, community mapping, coalition building, social development, advocacy, social activism, organization building
  • Human rights
  • Information technology and human rights
  • Civil society
  • Mental health/physical health

Selection Guidelines


Current material is collected and earlier material may be acquired in response to faculty and student requests.


All countries and all regions will be included, with a particular emphasis on Canada, the United States, Great Britain, Europe and Scandinavia.


English language works will be the primary focus of the collection.

Types of Material

Books, journals, films, dissertations/theses, government and non governmental documents.


  • Social casework
  • Basic U.S. texts in social problems and social welfare

Additional Collection Information

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