In May 2004, the city of Quebec welcomed nearly 800 delegates from forty countries and five continents within the scope of the 4th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. Hosted by the Laval University School of Social Work and the Social Work Department of the H6tel-Dieu-de-Levis Hospital, this event took place under the umbrella theme: Social work and the development ofa more compassionate world; experiences and knowledge to share.