Alberta College of Social Workers

Saturday Morning Sessions

26. Keynote: Creating Islands of Safety and Cultural Possibility

Capacity : 1000

Room : Grand Ballroom

Speakers

  • Cathy Richardson, Ph.D.

Description

In this keynote, Cathy will bring alive the key concepts of Islands of Safety including dignity preservation, understanding resistance to oppression, and the importance of creating positive social responses. She will discuss 'therapeutic questions" and show how some various rounds of questioning in the Islands of Safety process seek to reaffirm dignity, acknowledging harm and create safety.

27. Islands of Safety for Indigenous Families

Capacity : 400

Room : Logan/Robson

Speakers

  • Cathy Richardson, Ph.D.

Description

This workshop will situate current social work practice with Indigenous families within the current post-TRC historical context and share how the Islands of Safety model can support Indigenous family well-being within a spirit of dignity and decolonization.

28. Vicarious Trauma - Strategies for Resilience

Capacity : 180

Room : Rundle

Speakers

  • Danielle Forth, MSc, R. Psych

Description

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experience and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth.

29. Supportive Housing Stability for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness

Capacity : 80

Room : Amethyst/Emerald

Speakers

  • Victoria Burns, PhD, RSW
  • Lara Nixon, MD CCFP (COE) FCFP BSc
  • Jennifer Hewson, PhD

Description

Drawing on research of supportive housing models in Montreal and Calgary, this interactive workshop explores best practices to support housing stability for older adults experiencing homelessness.

30. Social Work Education and Politics: Exploring the Connection

Capacity : 66

Room : SBCC7

Speaker

  • Anne Marie McLaughlin, MSW, RSW
  • Lori Sigurdson, MSW, RSW
  • Jake Kuiken, PhD

Description

This workshop explores the unprecedented number of social workers elected to public office in Alberta and examines the connection to social work education.

31. Incorporating Anti-Oppressive Principles in the Workplace

Capacity : 40

Room : Maligne

Speakers

  • Mike Velthuis Kroeze, SW Dip, RSW
  • Robyn Romano, MSW, RSW

Description

This workshop will examine strategies to bring AOP principles into the workplace, strengthening bonds between social workers, and creating an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity.

32. Decolonizing Social Work Practice: Using Reflexivity to Explore Identity and Belonging

Capacity : 60

Room : SBCC5

Speakers

  • Natalie St-Denis, MSW, RSW
  • Christine Walsh, PhD, RSW

Description

Participants will be guided in a series of reflexive activities as an aid in decolonizing their professional practice by exploring their personal and professional identities.

33. Bringing Research to the Community

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC3

Speakers

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

Description

This presentation focuses on how to plan, publish, present and use community based research within the community.

34. Engaging Men: Seeking Supports and Preventing Violence   

Capacity : 18

Room : SBCC1

Speakers

  • Jeff Halvorsen, MPA, CE
  • Liza Lorenzetti, MSW, RSW
  • Anita Harder, MC R. Psych
  • Lahn Jones

Description

This workshop discusses the implications of the Alberta Men’s Survey that received over 2,400 responses. 94% said they need services and supports but only 24% knew where to access services.

35. A Collaborative Approach to Pediatric Mental Health   

Capacity : 18

Room : SBCC2

Speakers

  • Ashwini Dake, BSW, RSW
  • Sue McBeath, RN, Mental Health Nurse

Description

The Stollery Emergency is the catch-base for all pediatric mental health in central and northern Alberta. This presentation will introduce the emergency room approach to the pediatric mental health cases.

36. Displaced: Video and Panel Discussion   

Capacity : 360

Room : Palisades

Speakers

  • Derek Chewka, MSW
  • Jesse Downing

Description

The documentary Displaced will be shown followed by a panel discussion with an Elder and former youth in care to share their experiences that are similarly depicted in the film.

37. Vulnerability as Self-Care: Engaging in Decolonizing Praxis   

Capacity : 40

Room : Morraine

Speakers

  • Nav Kaur, BEd, MEd
  • Damien Lachat, BA

Description

Decolonizing praxis challenges practices that can appear central to work in the helping professions. Come cultivate personal vulnerability and resiliency.