Alberta College of Social Workers

Saturday Afternoon Sessions

41. Readiness, Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities in Gerontology Practice: Perspectives from Social Workers in Alberta

Capacity : 50

Room : Palomino A

Speaker

  • Dr. Hongmei Tong, PhD
  • Dr. Jennifer Hewson, PhD
  • Kathleen Quinn, MSW, RSW
  • Dr. Anna Azulai, PhD, RCSW

Description

This workshop will discuss how social work education and practice could be improved to better serve the aging population, based on findings from a recent study.

42. Queer Squared Realities: A Social Worker’s Understanding of the Challenges of Racialized LGBTTQ* Persons

Capacity : 35

Room : Palomino B

Speakers

  • Darnel T. Forro, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW

Description

This interactive workshop aims to raise awareness, foster meaningful conversations, and strengthen professional capacities in navigating structural issues faced by racialized LGBTTQ* persons.

43. Community Economic Development as a Catalyst for Innovation

Capacity : 25

Room : Palomino C

Speakers

  • Courtney Rivas, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
  • Lemlem Haile, BA, BSW, RSW
  • Jessica Wishart, BA, MSW, RSW
  • Nicole Neve-Wyjad, BSW, RSW

Description

This workshop will define Community Economic Development (CED) and outline how it can be a tool for poverty reduction, through the City of Calgary’s partnership with residents as co-facilitators of change.

44. Blanket Exercise

Capacity : 60

Room : Palomino D

Speakers

  • Derek Chewka MSW, RSW

Description

The Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history. Participants will learn over 500 years of history in one participatory workshop.

45. Private Practice: Stories from the Field

Capacity : 25

Room : Palomino F

Speaker

  • Rhonda Zabrodski, HBsc, MSW, RCSW
  • Stephanie Wellings, MSW, RSW

Description

This workshop provides a forum to share practice experiences in the clinical social work field. A variety of challenging cases will be presented and discussed in an interactive format.

46. Rethinking Vulnerability: Engaging with Non-Typical Populations as Social Workers

Capacity : 40

Room : Palomino G

Speakers

  • Brianna Strumm, BA, MSW, RSW
  • Alysia C. Wright MSW, RSW

Description

Through a critical social work lens, participants will reflect upon and re-frame vulnerability while working with non-typical populations.

47. Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership in Social Work

Capacity : 40

Room : Palomino H

Speakers

  • Dr. Brent Oliver, PhD, RSW
  • Dr. Miriam Carey, PhD

Description

This workshop provides an introduction to leadership from an ontological perspective, rooted in ways of being. Participants will gain access to the opportunity to develop leadership as their natural self-expression.

48. How do You Create a Framework for Mental Wellness? Participatory Art as a Social Prescription for Improving Individual and Collective Mental Health.

Capacity : 55

Room : Quarterhorse A,B,C

Speakers

  • Dick Averns, Dip, BFA, MFA

Description

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about social prescribing, art as social practice, and create personalized frameworks for mental wellness using collage, drawing, or text.

49. Drumming Up Innovation: Drumming and Circle Work in Social Work Practice

Capacity : 60

Room : BMO 100A

Speakers

  • Grace Hussey, BSW, RSW (inactive)

Description

In this workshop, participants will learn innovative skills to better help their clients, their team, and themselves as they participate in this evidence-based drum circle. No talent or experience necessary.

50. Tell Me Your Story: An Expressive Arts Therapy Exploration

Capacity : 50

Room : SBCC2

Speakers

  • Sara Clark, MSW, RSW, REAT

Description

This workshop will introduce participants to a modality of storytelling that can be used personally or professionally to initiate change and awareness.

51. Responding to Sexual Violence in the #MeToo Moment

Capacity : 32

Room : Arabian A

Speakers

  • Stephanie Olsen, BA
  • Annette Klevgaard BA

Description

In this workshop, participants will learn information and skills to prepare them to competently and supportively respond to disclosures of sexual violence.

52. Standing Behind a Girl-volution: Supporting Girl Activists to Make Meaningful Social Change

Capacity : 60

Room : Arabian B

Speakers

  • Alexe Bernier, BSc, MSW, RSW

Description

This workshop will highlight the importance of engaging girls in social change work and supporting activism in girls. This workshop will include hearing from girls in the Girl Up program.

53. The Evolution and the Innovations in the Continuing Competence Program

Capacity : 40

Room : Arabian C

Speakers

  • Bruce Llewellyn, MSW, RSW
  • Suzanne MacKinnon, MSW, RCSW
  • Tami Carlin
  • Alison McKelvey-Jozsa, MSW, RSW

Description

Participants will learn about the evolution of the program, and be guided through shaping and completing their annual portfolio to meet their changing needs and interests.

54. Sex Positivity for Inclusive Social Work Practice

Capacity : 50

Room : Mustang

Speakers

  • Kristina Laban, BA
  • Tuval Nafshi

Description

Exploring how sex-negativity fosters shame and discrimination around identities, experiences, and desires, and what role social workers can play in creating a more just, sex-positive society.

55. Sixties Scoop Indigenous Society of Alberta 

Capacity : 80

Room : Palomino E

Speakers

  • Sharon Gladue
  • Adam North Peigan

Description

In this workshop, SSISA will discuss their work, the devastating impacts of the Sixties Scoop, and the effective ways that survivors are beginning to heal.