Alberta College of Social Workers

Child & Youth Interest Group - Edmonton

The Child & Youth Interest Group - Edmonton meets regularly to discuss issues related to children. Below are some of the past events that were hosted by the Children’s Issues Edmonton Group. Also below are reports related to children’s issues. For further information contact ACSW.


Current Meetings

Meetings will be on the first Wednesday of every month, excluding September. Here are the dates for the upcoming year.
  • March 4, 2015 / April 1, 2015 / May 6, 2015 / June 3, 2015
  • Time : Noon - 1:00 PM
  • Location : Cromdale Conference, Room 1, 11240 79 Street


Report - Achieving the Promise: Ending Poverty in Alberta (PDF)

A new report on child and family poverty outlines the challenge Alberta faces if we are going to eliminate child poverty in five years and reduce poverty for everyone in ten years, as promised by Premier Redford during the recent provincial election.

You can view the complete media release in the Related links


Employee well-being key to job satisfaction and commitment for government social workers

The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) commissioned a study to learn the reasons some social workers flourish in child protection while others falter. Study author Val Kinjerski, PhD and principal consultant with Kaizen Solutions, is a leading authority in the field of employee engagement and former senior manager and social worker in child protection. Her study shows that a two-pronged approach is needed to increase the number of social workers who flourish in government child protection work—one directed at improving working conditions and the other at increasing employee engagement or what she calls “spirit at work.” “Together, these two factors contribute to two-thirds of social worker well-being at work,” she said. “When social workers are fully aware of and feel good about the contribution they are making to society, feel recognized and valued for the work they do, and are wholly supported by their supervisors and managers, child protection work can be most fulfilling and meaningful.”

Lori Sigurdson, ACSW Professional Affairs Coordinator, says the ACSW is excited about the results because government social workers represent about one-quarter of the College’s membership. “Action on this study’s recommendations can dramatically improve the work lives of many of our members,” she said. “This will lead to better results for vulnerable Alberta children and their families.”

Download the media release here.

Download the report - Flourishing in Child Protection: Creating Environments that Helps Social Workers Thrive , A Report to the Alberta College of Social Workers by Val Kinjerski, MSW, PhD, RSW


Past Events

The Edmonton Children's Issues Interest Group is hosting A MORNING WITH RICK MILLER (4 Category A Credits)

Rick will be presenting Introduction to Kids at Hope, Unleashing the Power of Kids at Hope, Module 1, Hopeology explores the science of hope, optimism and success and how it can be instilled in all children.

  • Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 / Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Location: Jeerson Room - Prince of Wales Armouries, 10440 108 Avenue NW, Edmonton
  • Fees: $25 for ACSW member / $50 for non member