Alberta College of Social Workers

Friday Morning Sessions

1. Keynote: Reflections on the Evolution of Social Work in Alberta

Capacity : 680

Room : Hall D

Speaker

  • Jackie Sieppert, PhD, RSW

Description

The social work profession has evolved dramatically in the last four decades. Touching on the creation and development of the Alberta College of Social Workers, social work education, trends in practice and broader societal contexts, this keynote presentation will offer reflections on the evolution and state of our profession in Alberta. Dr. Sieppert will weave some of his own professional history and experiences into a discussion of the growth and successes of our profession. He will also point to profound challenges we currently face and the critical tasks we must take on to ensure social work’s role as a builder of strong communities.

2. Engaging Practice Through the Lens of Digital Storytelling

Capacity : 680

Room : Hall D

Speaker

  • Jackie Sieppert, PhD, RSW

Description

Storytelling is an art form with origins from the dawn of humanity.  This workshop will highlight one version of this art form – digital storytelling – as a tool for social work practice.  The workshop will feature a discussion of the role of stories in our lives, the features of effective stories, and the process of creating digital stories.  Several examples of digital stories will be presented and discussed, and -participants will be invited to work together to identify ways digital stories can be used in social work practice.

3. What is Forensic Social Work? Social Work and Police Partnerships – Common Goals, Common Ground

Capacity : 50

Room : Palamino A

Speakers

  • Daphne Hellman, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Description

An exploration of the field of Forensic Social Work with a goal of recognizing social work and law enforcement as partners versus adversaries.

4. Life My Way: Living Well with Dementia

Capacity : 80

Room : Palamino B,C

Speakers

  • Dorthe Flauer, SWDip., BA, RSW
  • Renate Sainsbury, Recreational Therapist

Description

This workshop will share valuable learnings from the Butterfly Approach culture change that was funded by the Strategic Clinical Network, including qualitative research from Norquest College.

5. Learning Through Research Experience: Applying Critical Discourse Analysis for Social Change

Capacity : 55

Room : Palamino F,G

Speakers

  • Brooke Thomas, BA
  • Kendal David
  • Dr. Yahya El-Lahib, MSW, PhD, RSW

Description

Through student-supervisor dialogues, this workshop will explore the experiences of learning and teaching critical discourse analysis (CDA) through interdisciplinary research practice and the broad applications of CDA for social change.

6. Nominal Group Technique: A Tool for Innovation and Empowerment Through Consensus Building for Social Work Practice

Capacity : 40

Room : Palamino H

Speaker

  • Sheliza Ladhani, BA
  • Olivia Cullen, MSW, RSW
  • Natalie Dawes, BPR
  • Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos, MSW, PhD, RSW, RMFT

Description

Participants will learn about the Nominal Group Technique – a consensus-based method that engages participants in collaborative problem solving and can be an innovative tool for all areas of social work practice.

7. School Mental Health: Perceptions of Stigma

Capacity : 80

Room : Quarterhorse A,B,C

Speaker

  • Olivia Cullen, MSW, RSW
  • Dr. Gina Dimitropoulos, MSW, PhD, RSW, RMFT
  • Gabrielle Wilcox, PsyD, NCSP, RPsych
  • Andrew Luceno

Description

This workshop will engage participants in discussions about student mental health and anti-stigma work in schools, including findings from an Albertan study on this topic.

8. Building Connections: Our Journey Changing Service Delivery and Organizational Culture to a Natural Supports Approach

Capacity : 80

Room : BMO 100A

Speaker

  • Simone Brown
  • Mara Hawkins, MBA

Description

This workshop explores McMan Calgary and Area’s Building Connections initiative which is designed to embed the Natural Supports Framework into service delivery and organizational culture.

9. Working with Minors – On the Cutting Edge of Practice

Capacity : 32

Room : Arabian A

Speakers

  • Sheryl Pearson, MSW, RSW, LLB
  • Karen Nielsen, BSW, RCSW

Description

In this workshop, presenters will introduce and discuss the Guidelines developed by the ACSW’s Clinical Committee for managing consent and confidentiality when working with minors.

10. Levelling Up: Using Video Games as Educational Interventions

Capacity : 55

Room : BMO 100B

Speaker

  • Kenzie Gordon, BA, BSW, MA, RSW (Inactive)
  • Samantha Pearson, BA

Description

Participants will explore the stages of using game design in social work practice, and brainstorm ways to employ games and technology in their own work.

11. Practical Strategies for Trauma Treatment: Introduction to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

Capacity : 80

Room : Arabian B

Speaker

  • Shelley Carnahan, MSW, RCSW

Description

Many clients are referred for “trauma treatment.” Learn some strategies to help clients be successful in doing trauma work.

12. Clinical Registry - Achieving the Credential Towards Advanced Practice

Capacity : 55

Room : Arabian C

Speakers

  • Rebecca Stares, MSW, RCSW
  • Thalia Anderen, MSW, RCSW

Description

Come learn more about the ACSW’s Clinical Registry and how to attain status as a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW). This is also an opportunity to meet members of the Clinical Registry and the ACSW’s Clinical Committee.

 

13. What Are We Working Towards? Envisioning a Just World

Capacity : 80

Room : Mustang

Speakers

  • Kathryn Kazmerik, MSW Student

Description

Participants will explore future possibilities for social work practice and begin to envision a more just world using a collaborative, group art therapy activity.