Alberta College of Social Workers

Friday Morning Sessions

1. Keynote: Nurturing the Resilience of Our Clients and Ourselves

Capacity : 1000

Room : Grand Ballroom

Speaker

  • Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Description

Resilience is more than an individual’s capacity to overcome adversity. It is also the result of how well people, their service providers and communities work together to help those with vulnerabilities navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing and whether those resources are made available in ways that they say are meaningful to them and culturally relevant. In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar will use examples from his clinical practice and research collaborations on six continents to explore the nature of resilience among individuals that face significant social and structural disadvantage.

2. Systemic Approaches to Nurturing Resilience in Those with Complex Needs

Capacity : 400

Room : Logan/Robson

Speaker

  • Michael Ungar, Ph.D.

Description

This workshop will present a social ecological approach to promote resilience through mental health and social services. Participants will learn how to identify and encourage factors associated with resilience.

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 Enterprise.

Capacity : 45

Room : Maligne

Speakers

  • Ai-Men Lau, BA, BSW Student

Description

Examine the role of social enterprise in supporting adults with autism in the workplace - reflecting upon successes at Meticulon in Calgary.

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

Capacity : 45

Room : Morraine

Speakers

  • Samantha Pekh, MA, R. Psych
  • Esther Leung, MSW, RSW

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, SW Dip, RSW
  • Emma Wylde, SW Dip, RSW
  • Amy Munroe, SW Dip, 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. The “F” Word: Bringing Feminism into Day-to-Day Clinical Practice

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

Capacity : 66

Room : SBCC7

Speaker

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

Description

Learn how the principles of social justice can be applied to complaint 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. Examining the Role of Social Workers in Interprofessional Team Decision Making

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC1

Speakers

  • Cari Gulbrandsen, PhD, RSW
  • Christine Walsh, PhD, RSW
  • Nancy Arthur, R. Psych
  • Michelle Drefs, R. Psych

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

Capacity : 24

Room : SBCC2

Speaker

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

Description

This presentation combines several important themes: coping, resiliency, and workplace wellness through sharing responses from frontline workers on their coping strategies and provide suggestions for supports that may mitigate stress.

11. Indigenizing Inquiry-Based Learning

Capacity : 45

Room : SBCC5

Speaker

  • Jeff Halvorsen, MPA, CE
  • Olivia Cullen, MSW, RSW
  • Natalie St-Denis, 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. Two Years Abroad: Women’s Rights in Latin America

Capacity : 60

Room : Rundle

Speakers

  • Kristjanna Grimmelt, BA, MFA

Description

Hear of one volunteer’s work advancing women’s rights in Central America, and learn about international, paid volunteer opportunities for social workers.

 

13. Masking our Emotions and the Art of Compassion

Capacity : 36

Room : SBCC6

Speakers

  • Charles Chenard, BSW, RSW, MPS-ATS

Description

This experiential art therapy workshop will demonstrate how the art process can be explored and experienced so challenging emotions can be transformed into self-compassion.