Alberta College of Social Workers

Friday Afternoon Sessions

13. Breaking the Boy Code - An Empathic Approach To Emotional Empowerment

Capacity : 60

Room : Arabian C

Speaker

  • Lance Drozda
  • Rebecca Stares, MSW, RSW

Description

Three most damaging words for boys and men: “be a man.” This workshop explores emotional suppression and offers tools for emotional development for practitioners and clients.

14. Indigenous Practice Strategies

Capacity : 360

Room : Palisades

Speakers

  • Derek Chewka, MSW

Description

A more in depth look at how to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into practice. Participants will leave with tools and strategies to assess their agency/organization's current practices and where Indigenous knowledge could be incorporated. Basic teachings and a working knowledge of common cultural practices like Smudging, Sweat Lodge Ceremony, Sun Dance, Making an Offering etc.

15. Clinical Specialty Registry - Achieving the Credential towards Advanced Practice

Capacity : 25

Room : SBCC6

Speakers

  • ACSW Clinical Social Work Committee

Description

Learn more about two systemic issues impacting social work: the overrepresentation of Aboriginal young people in Child Welfare and the challenge of addressing Aboriginal youth suicide.

16. Culture is Cure: Wise Practices in Indigenous Health

Capacity : 200

Room : Robson

Speaker

  • Darlene Marchuk, RSW, BSW, MSW
  • Brenda Judy Hamelin, RSW, BISW, MASW
  • Wesley Tokohopie, RSW, MISW
  • Greg Bubel, RSW, BSW
  • Evan Anderson, RSW, BSW

Description

To share information on Wise Practices utilized at Poundmaker's Lodge when working with those seeking recovery from addictions and desire balance within their lives.

17. Communicating Effectively with Youth Experiencing Chronic Trauma

Capacity : 200

Room : Logan

Speaker

  • Peter Smyth, MSW, RSW
  • Heather Peddle

Description

Understanding how attachment and trauma issues impact on brain development in children in youth is imperative if social workers are to effectively engage and work with this troubled population.

18. Why does it matter how post-secondary institutions respond to sexual violence?

Capacity : 40

Room : Maligne

Speakers

  • Carla Bertsch, MSW, RSW
  • Cari Ionson, MSW, RSW

Description

With national and international attention about sexual violence on post-secondary institutions, how are schools responding to these behaviours within their settings.

19. Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Youth: Office of the Child and Youth Advocate

Capacity : 80

Room : Amethyst/Emerald

Speakers

  • Arlene Eaton-Erickson, RSW, MSW

Description

Learn what young people across Alberta had to say in the OCYA LGBTQ2S+ Special Report and gain tools to enhance your practice to better serve this population.

20. Achieving Social Justice Through Standards of Practice

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC1

Speakers

  • Bruce Llewellyn, MSW, RSW
  • Sheryl Pearson, MSW, LLB

Description

This workshop is designed for any member or prospective member to the Alberta College of Social Work. You will learn about the history and legislative background to the Standards of Practice (2013). This workshop is designed to refresh your knowledge on the Standards of Practice as well as collaboratively think through a number of ethical dilemmas and challenges.

21. Pathways into and out of the sex trade: Ethical problems reaching women in today's technological revolution

Capacity : 40

Room : Morraine

Speaker

  • Peter W Choate, MSW, RSW, PhD
  • Theresa Jenkins & Bruce MacLaurin, MSW

Description

This workshop will cover the many ethical clinical and research dilemmas that are emerging as the use of on line technology has significantly diminished street work. Safe outreach is more challenging now and the workshop will explore this.

22. Shame & Honour Based Violence: Violation of Human Rights

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC3

Speakers

  • Anne Sureshkumar, MSW, RSW
  • Craig Collins, Senior Constable

Description

Shame and Honour Based Violence (SHBV) violates human rights. SHBV work focusses on upholding human rights in a culturally sensitive manner with respect to diversity.

23. Housing First for Indigenous people

Capacity : 60

Room : SBCC5

Speaker

  • Ken Armstrong
  • Renee Iverson, MSc

Description

Dramatic Indigenous overrepresentation in Canadian homelessness is the result of the intergenerational effects of colonization, discrimination, and racism. Indigenous scholars, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers agree that the way to regain the Good Life is through decolonization. This session will explore the adaptation and evaluation of Housing First for Indigenous Peoples

24. Discussing Issues of Intimacy and Sexuality in Continuing Care

Capacity : 66

Room : SBCC7

Speakers

  • Scott Stewart, MSW, RSW

Description

This presentation offers an opportunity for participants to learn more about the issues of intimacy and sexuality in continuing care and to discuss the challenges faced by clients, agencies and social workers in regards to these important topics.

25. Children's Mental Health and Chronic Neglect

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC2

Speakers

  • Evelyn Wotherspoon, MSW

Description

Chronic neglect accounts for a large number of child maltreatment cases and the implications for social, emotional and cognitive development are not uniformly understood. The public’s response to neglect is often punitive towards parents, and the public policy response toward the protection of neglected children is often misguided. This workshop will begin by giving participants a succinct, evidence-based framework for understanding what child mental health is, how it develops in the context of nurturing relationships, how it can be derailed by neglect, and what can be done to support families and protect neglected children from poor mental health and impaired development. This framework of understanding how children’s mental health develops will be used to help participants understand the impact of chronic neglect on child mental health, it will allow participants to communicate effectively about the causes and consequences of chronic neglect, and will offer guidelines to construct a developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive intervention plan. Three themes that have emerged from the research will be highlighted in this workshop: 1) the confluence of findings from neuropsychology, attachment research, and developmental psychology that explain why neglect early in life is a special and urgent problem; 2) the relationship between accumulating risk factors and the variation in outcomes for children with a history of neglect, and 3) current best practice guidelines for the assessment and intervention planning in cases of chronic neglect involving young children. The presenter will draw on her considerable experience as a children’s mental health consultant specializing in maltreated children to create a lively and interactive workshop using specific case examples to highlight important themes. The challenge of investigating, assessing and presenting cases of emotional neglect before the court will be discussed emphasizing practical approaches for investigators and case-workers. Resources that will be shared include: Helpful Resources List for child welfare professionals, CECW Fact Sheet on Neglect in Infancy, Samples of Parenting Assessment Tools, Developmental Screening Tools, and others.