Master of Social Work Program

Affiliated with the University of Toronto, the Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret provides students with an outstanding clinical experience. Students enrolled in the Master of Social Work Education Program can find supervisors for their research and clinical practicum within the academic programs of Supportive Care.

Rhonda Kibrick-Lazear, MSW, RSW, Social Worker; Princess Margaret Social Work Education Lead


About the Master of Social Work Program

The Master of Social Work Education Program provides students with training in the competencies required to practise in the profession of social work as members of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. This training focuses on a hospital-based oncology practice that includes:

  • Life cycle of cancer care
  • Theoretical frameworks informing oncology social work practice (such as systems, life stage, role, grief and crisis)
  • Patient- and family-specific psychosocial needs in cancer
  • Death and dying
  • Palliative and hospice care
  • Culture and diversity within the cancer experience
  • Specialized clinical interventions with cancer populations

More information is available at Social Work at University of Toronto »

International Attachment Program

Program Director: Robin Forbes

The Department of Supportive Care at Princess Margaret offers an outstanding opportunity to internationally trained social workers. The International Attachment Program gives internationally trained social workers the opportunity to shadow Supportive Care social workers on the job and observe how they provide assistance to patients and their families.

The program offers social workers specialized training in psychosocial oncology in an academic health care setting and is guided by the philosophy and vision of the Department of Supportive Care and Princess Margaret. The International Attachment Program is not a credentialing or licensing program.

For more information on international observerships, visit UHN observationships »

Robin Forbes

Cancer Rehab & Survivorship

Our scientists hold graduate appointments in the Graduate School of the University of Toronto (Institute of Medical Science, Public Health Science and Health Policy Management and Evaluation and Nursing) and York University (Nursing).

Funded positions for masters and doctoral students become available from time to time.

If you are interested in exploring graduate research opportunities with us, please contact Dr. Jennifer Jones.

Dr. Jennifer Jones


Last reviewed: 12/13/2018
Last modified: 1/25/2021 6:14 AM