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. Developing a Model of Supportive Housing for Teen Families: Experiences and Outcomes

Capacity : 91

Room : Arabian B

Speakers

  • Bethan Kingsley, PhD
  • Gary Benthem
  • Melissa Tremblay, MSc

Description

Learn about a teen family supportive housing program offered by the Terra Centre for Pregnant and Parenting Teens and the Brentwood Community Development Group partnership and studied by the Community – University Partnership for the Study of Children, Youth and Families at the University of Alberta.

4. Edmonton Communities Experiencing Pre-Migration Trauma: Research Findings and Application to Social Work

Capacity : 48

Room : Palomino G

Speakers

  • Linda Kreitzer, PhD, RSW
  • Sophie Yohami, PhD
  • Mikaela Burgos, PhD Student
  • Claire McMenemy, MSW Student

Description

This workshop provides understanding of the experiences, assets and needs of communities who have experienced pre-migration trauma. Findings from a case study will be shared.

5. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Across the Lifespan: Tell me what is new?

Capacity : 60

Room : Palomino H

Speakers

  • Audrey McFarlane

Description

In 2015 new diagnostic guidelines for FASD were published in Canada. An overview of the changes to the guidelines, implications across the lifespan and research projects going on across Canada will be provided. This session will also expand on Canada’s place in the world with respect to FASD work and research.

6. A Place and Space for the More Introverted

Capacity : 48

Room : Palomino F

Speaker

  • Tracy Guillet, RSW
  • Diandra Lewis, R Psych

Description

This workshop will provide insight to how introversion shows up in the therapeutic relationship and to create a place and space for the more introverted.

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

Capacity : 64

Room : 100 A

Speaker

  • Ann Marie McLaughlin, PhD, RSW
  • Julie Drolet, PhD, RSW
  • Linda Kreitzer, PhD, RSW
  • Rick Enns, PhD, RSW
  • Janki Shankar, PhD, RSW

Description

Social work is uniquely qualified to make a difference in the lives of refugee families. This workshop explores the history of the current conflict in Syria (and adjacent countries), the role of sponsorship and resettlement strategies and processes.

8. Exploring Patient Experience through the Alberta Health Charter

Capacity : 70

Room : Quarterhorse A-B

Speaker

  • Jody Lee-Farrah, MSW, RSW
  • Marj Buerger
  • Ashley Cormack, MSW, RSW

Description

Albertans value a respectful, safe and high quality health system. Learn about how Alberta’s Health Charter is contributing to a responsive and high-quality health system in Alberta.

9. Medical Trauma and Social Work Practice

Capacity : 48

Room : 100 B

Speakers

  • Kim Johnston, BSW, RSW
  • Kathleen Belanger, MSW, RSW

Description

Participants will gain an understanding of medical trauma and how to support children and families who have been impacted by medical trauma.

10. Building a Better Life: Moving Out of Marginalization

Capacity : 35

Room : Quarterhorse C

Speaker

  • Bob Marvin, MSW, RSW
  • Marlene Mulder, MA

Description

This presentation focuses on community research to learn how Social Capital influences the journey to a better life for a variety of marginalized peoples.

11. Social Workers' Knowledge of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Capacity : 60

Room : Arabian C

Speaker

  • Lynn Barry, PhD, RSW

Description

This session highlights doctoral research results addressing premenstrual knowledge issues of social workers and the implications for social work risk assessments with mothers experiencing PMS/PMDD.

12. Celebrating 50 Years of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Capacity : 150

Room : Mustang

Speakers

  • Mary Valentich, PhD, RSW

Description

The Faculty of Social Work (FSW) is no longer a newcomer on the social work education scene and has much to celebrate in terms of its programs, faculty, staff and graduates. Learn about its history, development and future directions from current Dean, Dr. Jackie Sieppert; former Dean, Dr. Gayla Rogers; and researcher Dr. Jake Kuiken. Using an interview format, Dr. Mary Valentich will facilitate discussion by this panel of key figures in the development of the FSW.