Alberta College of Social Workers

Friday Morning Sessions

1. Keynote: Reflections on my Feminist Social Work Journey

Capacity : 680

Room : Palomino A-E

Speaker

  • Dr. Mary Valentich, PhD, RSW

Description

By presenting her own feminist social journey, Mary Valentich will illustrate important markers in her development as well as how social work incorporated feminist perspectives in almost all areas of practice. Audience members will have an opportunity to identify key facets of their own professional identities that serve as guides to their present and future career directions.

2. Cultural Brokering and Child & Family Services: Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Families and Communities through Collaborative Practice

Capacity : 60

Room : Arabian A

Speaker

  • Kathi Campbell BSW, RSW,
  • Yvonne Chiu

Description

Explores an innovative model where collaborative relationships with multicultural families, cultural brokers and child welfare workers mobilize complementary strengths of partners to improve family outcomes.

3. Tenant support beyond bricks and mortar: Alberta's Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy

Capacity : 360

Room : Palisades

Speakers

  • Honourable Lori Sigurdson, MSW, RSW
  • Shawn Ewasiuk, BA, MBA

Description

The Alberta government is taking action to make life better for Albertans with low income by integrating community supports with provincial affordable housing.

4. Supporting Adults with Autism through Social Enterprises.

Capacity : 45

Room : Maligne

Speakers

  • Ai-Men Lau, BA Psychology
  • Sociology, BSW Student

Description

Examine the role of social enterprises in supporting adults with autism in the workplace through a reflection of Meticulon, a for purpose company in Calgary.

5. Helping Children and Families After Loss to Suicide: Practical Strategies and Tips

Capacity : 45

Room : Morraine

Speakers

  • Samantha Pekh, MA, Registered Psychologist
  • Esther Leung, BSW, MSW, RW

Description

Participants will gain knowledge about childhood suicide bereavement and be taught practical age-appropriate strategies for supporting children and families after loss to suicide.

6. Trauma-Informed Practice: Building Capacity in Volunteers

Capacity : 45

Room : Amethyst

Speaker

  • Carrie McManus, RSW
  • Emma Wylde, RSW
  • Amy Munroe, RSW

Description

This workshop provides participants with tools and skills to support the integration of trauma-informed practice into training and capacity building programs for volunteers and front-line staff.

7. Refugee Sponsorship and Resettlement: What can Social Workers do?

Capacity : 45

Room : Emerald

Speaker

  • Trish Smith, MSW, RCSW
  • Tammy Sheppard, MSW, RSW, CSAT

Description

Join us in collaborating and sharing ideas, strategies, and knowledge around how we do practices of Feminism in clinical conversations with women.

8. Advocacy and building resilience in complaints resolution - A strength based perspective

Capacity : 66

Room : SBCC7

Speaker

  • Ryan Bielby, RSW
  • Ashley Cormack, MSW, RSW
  • Brightina Opoku-Yeboah, BSW, RSW

Description

Learn how the principles of social justice can be applied to concerns resolution in the health care field. The Office of the Alberta Health Advocates will lead you through a strength-based approach to advocacy focusing on supporting clients in building resiliency.

9. Evidence to Support Effective Practice? Examining the Role of Social Workers in Interprofessional Team Decision Making

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC1

Speakers

  • Cari Gulbrandsen, PhD
  • Dr. Christine Walsh, RSW
  • Dr. Nancy Arthur, Registered Psychologist
  • Dr. Michelle Drefs, Registered Psychologist

Description

This workshop will engage participants in discussion about interprofessional decision-making and share findings from a study which identified key factors that contribute to interdisciplinary decision-making.

10. Coping with failure: staff resiliency at the front line

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC2

Speaker

  • Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, MSW, PhD, RSW
  • Annette Lane, RN, PhD
  • Dianne Gray, BA, RSW

Description

This presentation combines several important themes: coping and resiliency, and work place wellness. We examined responses from 388 frontline workers on their coping strategies “when clients do not succeed” and provide suggestions for the personal and organizational supports that may mitigate the resultant worker stress.

11. Indigenizing inquiry-based learning: Advancing and integrating Indigenous perspectives in social work education and practice.

Capacity : 45

Room : SBCC5

Speaker

  • Jeff Halvorsen, MPA, CE
  • Olivia Cullen, MSW, RSW
  • Natalie St-Denis, BA, MA, MSW, RSW
  • Christine Walsh, PhD, RSW

Description

Integrating Indigenous perspectives with inquiry-based learning can provide a platform for social workers to gain a deeper understanding of their role in decolonizing professional practice.

12. Building Resiliency: Integrated DBT and PE Creating Successful Outcomes

Capacity : 60

Room : Rundle

Speakers

  • Elizabeth Friedman-Prokopishyn, MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker
  • Jennifer Wright, MSW, RSW

Description

Join us for an exciting opportunity to learn how a publicly funded DBT clinic is integrating PE research into regular practice, to build resiliency in clients with borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

 

13. Masking our emotions and the art of compassion

Capacity : 36

Room : SBCC6

Speakers

  • Charles Chenard, BSW/RSW, MPS/ATS RSW#6335 CCPA#5625 CATA#9433479

Description

Experiential art therapy workshop exploring emotions. Thesis results and art process will be demonstrated and experienced so challenging emotions can be transformed into self-compassion.