Practice Resources



Our collection of resources is designed to help Social Workers in their effort to provide the best possible care to their clients.  

This list is by no means complete and will remain in progress as we gather materials - please let us know at casw@casw-acts.ca if there are any resources that should be considered for inclusion.



Resource Categories 

 

Children and Youth

Mental Health

Health Care

Housing and Homelessness

Substance Use and Misuse

Military/ Veterans

Family and Intimate Partner Violence

Refugees and Newcomers

General Practice 

 


Children and Youth


Canada’s Waiting Children

Canada’s Waiting Children is the only national child-specific photolisting program in Canada, and only available to Canadian residents.


Cybertip.ca

Canada’s tipline to report the online sexual exploitation of children. Click here to learn more.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

This early childhood literacy program is available for children from birth to age five and it is absolutely free! Click here to access.


Emily’s Choice - Child Protection Comic and Video

The Health Aboriginal Network has created a comic and video on child protection, entitled Emily's Choice. Click here to download the book for free, watch the video and order books and posters.


First Peoples Child & Family Review

The First Peoples Child & Family Review is dedicated to interdisciplinary knowledge honouring the voices and perspectives of Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous allies and supporters.

Every issue of this First Nations Caring Society of Canada (FNCFCS) publication First Peoples Child & Family Review is available online and free to the public to view and download.


Foundations in FASD On-Line Course (Free)

This is CanFASD basic training course is intended for everyone that will come into contact with individuals with FASD including all sectors of work, families, individuals with FASD, spouses, and the general public. Click here to sign-up.


Getting Care Right for All Children: Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
 
Ensure that alternative care is a necessary, suitable and positive experience for children, with this free online course
 

Healthy Aboriginal Network

The Healthy Aboriginal Network (HAN) is a registered non-profit with a mandate of promoting health, literacy & wellness through the production of visual resources for youth. Click here to access free and paid resources.


Indigenous Kids Rights Path

The IKRP is a place where Indigenous children (on and off reserve) can learn about their rights and find links to help or resources if they feel their rights are not being respected. Click here to access this resource.


Indigenous Knowledge Portal

The Indigenous Knowledge Portal (IKP) is a searchable database and related links that provides access to a variety of annotated literature reviews, reports, guides, films, booklets, studies, journal articles and presentations all related to Aboriginal children and families in Canada and similar countries. 


Intersectional approaches to ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Canada

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness recently released the first-ever academic text that focuses specifically on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in both Canada and the U.S.  Click here to download this free e-book.


KidsHelpPhone.ca
Visit https://kidshelpphone.ca/ for tools and resources for issues from bullying to online safety


Kids in the Know

Kids in the Know is a national interactive safety education program for increasing the personal safety of children and reducing their risk of victimization online and in the real world.


Living with FASD comic book

A collection of five stories, based on stories told by members of the Whitecrow Village community. The stories are about struggling in school, the importance of friendships and receiving support from friends and family. Click here for a preview.


Making Sense of Trauma - Storybook for Kids

Big Feelings Come and Go is a storybook the Canadian Centre for Child Protection hopes will be a resource to help families and caregivers have conversations with kids about freeze, flight, and fight and learn some basic self-regulation skills.


Mental Health and Addiction Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Frontline Providers

Free e-book from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press focused on supporting service providers in their interventions with street-involved youth.


MentorNet

MentorNet is a unique program aimed at connecting Students and Young Professionals (SYPs) interested in global health with experts in the field.


MindShift App

MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. Click here to learn more.


Online Financial Literacy Course for Youth In and From Care

The Children's Aid Foundation has developed a free online financial literacy course that can act as a resource for youth transitioning out of the child welfare system so they are better able to successfully manage money and debts, and to begin building assets .Visit www.cafdn.org  or contact Nicole Gauthier at ngauthier@cafdn.org or 416-923-0924 x.260 to learn more.


Pediatric Pain Project
 
This free continuing education opportunity aims to connect healthcare providers to expand knowledge and build capacity in the area of Acute and Chronic Pain. No cost. 

PreventionCoalition

PreventionCoalition is an informational site designed to educate parents, teachers and concerned community members about teen drug use and ways to prevent it.


Sex Ed: Beyond the Classroom

For this special web series, The Walrus spoke with teens, parents, and educators nationwide, on what we get wrong—and right—about gender, intimacy, desire, and consent


Stop Now And Plan

SNAP, which stands for Stop Now and Plan, is an evidence-based behavioural model that provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem-solving skills. Click here  to access this practice resource.


Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies
 
This guide is intended to educate youth allies on how to have safe, unbiased, informed and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis. 

We Matter Support Worker Toolkit

The Support Worker Toolkit will help use We Matter to start and sustain conversations on HARDSHIP, HOPE and HEALING with Indigenous youth in a ONE- ON-ONE/SMALL GROUP setting.

Click here for the Support Worker Toolkit, for use in one-on-one/small group settings.


WePROTECT Global Alliance

Worldwide cooperation to stop the crime of online child sexual abuse and exploitation. Click here to learn more.


Weight-related Conversations Knowledge Translation Casebook

This Casebook is a compilation of best evidence and practice to assist healthcare professionals in having positive conversations about weight-related issues with children and their families. Click here to access this resource


Youth Criminal Justice – Educational Tools

The Youth Criminal Justice Act is Canada's law that applies to youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have come into conflict with the law. Click here to access information and resources to help you better support youth in understanding the Act and the youth justice system.

 

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Mental Health


BeyondNow – Your suicide safety planning app

Convenient and confidential, the BeyondNow app puts safety planning in the pocket so it can accessed and edited at any time.


Continuing Education Webinars – MHCC

Looking for free on-line continuing education opportunities? Click here to access the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) archived webinars on topics ranging from workplace mental health to recovery and suicide prevention.


Crisis Services Canada

Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a collaboration of distress and crisis centres from across Canada, offering Canada’s first nationally available, regionally delivered suicide prevention service.


E-hub Online Self-Help 
Click here  to access free e-mental health tools provided by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing including e-couch, MoodGym and Bluepages.


FOVEOCARE

Foveo Care is a mental health support app that provides an anonymous forum for people to disclose their fears and struggles, while gaining encouragement from others going through the same thing.  Click here to review and download this app.


Medications and You

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce the launch of their latest in a series of public education resources, Medications and You book.


Mental Health and Addiction Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Frontline Providers

Free e-book from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press focused on supporting service providers in their interventions with street-involved youth.


MindShift App

MindShift is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. Click here to learn more.


New e-mental health implementation toolkit

This MHCC resource is for mental health professionals to implement e-mental health innovations.


Refugee Mental Health Online Course: Focus on Syrian Refugees

Registration is free for service providers from across Canada who work with Syrian refugees. The Refugee Mental Health Project aims to build settlement, social and health service providers' knowledge and skills regarding refugee mental health and promote inter-sector and inter-professional collaboration. The project resources are provided free of charge across Canada.


Suicide prevention and support

Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a collaboration of distress and crisis centres from across Canada, offering Canada’s first nationally available, regionally delivered suicide prevention service.


Suicide Prevention Toolkits

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), has developed 2 toolkits to support people who have been impacted by suicide. One toolkit is tailored for people who have attempted suicide , and the other is focused on resources for people who have lost someone to suicide .


Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia

Supporting a Family Member with Schizophrenia is a practical guide for families and other caregivers. The support strategies in the manual can help people with the illness to really engage in life—to be able to work, study, enjoy their leisure time and have meaningful relationships.


Think Outside the Box

Information, tools and stories for people with disabilities, employers, landlords, service and transportation providers and anyone else looking to learn more about mental health accessibility and disability accommodation. Click here to access this resource developed by the CMHA.


WalkAlong

WalkAlong is a free online mental health companion. Click here to access their on-line tools that support your own journey as well as being a good resource for others.

 

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Health Care


Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health and personal care. Click here to access Online Interactive Workbooks which you can download and share with others.


Alzheimer Society of Canada

The Alzheimer Society of Canada provides lots of resources for people with dementia, family members, caregivers, and health-care professionals. http://alzheimer.ca/en/Home/We-can-help/Resources 


CANImmunize

CANImmunize is a free digital tool for Canadians that securely stores your vaccination records and helps you get vaccinated on time.


Framework on Palliative Care in Canada

Click here to review the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada tabled in December, 2018 at Parliament.


Funding available to improve accessibility and safety for people with disabilities in your workplace

Your business or organization could receive a grant of up to $50,000 through the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund (EAF) to improve accessibility in your workplace. Click here to learn more about these funding streams.


Healthy Aboriginal Network

The Healthy Aboriginal Network (HAN) is a registered non-profit with a mandate of promoting health, literacy & wellness through the production of visual resources for youth. Click here to access free and paid resources.


HIV Screening and Testing - Survey

The Public Health Agency of Canada is conducting an anonymous survey for health professionals to examine knowledge and practice related to HIV screening and testing. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, depending on your answers. Click here to access this survey.


Medical Assistance in Dying: Resource Hub

Click here to access the CASW Maid Resource Hub with national and provincial resources for social worker across Canada.


National Hospice Palliative Care Week (links to 2018 conference)

National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs May 1-7, 2016 under the theme "Hospice Palliative Care First" and features an FAQ, Mythbusters, and includes information for health care professionals. Click here to learn more.


RISE (Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere)

HelpAge Canada initiated a new pan-Canadian project called RISE (Reach Isolated Seniors Everywhere) - the key components of the project is a country-wide campaign encouraging people of all ages to reach out to a senior who may be isolated or lonely or at risk of becoming isolated. Click here to learn more about RISE.


Think Outside the Box

Information, tools and stories for people with disabilities, employers, landlords, service and transportation providers and anyone else looking to learn more about mental health accessibility and disability accommodation. Click here to access this resource developed by the CMHA.

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Housing and Homelessness


Canadian Housing First Toolkit

This toolkit is based on the experience of the Canadian At Home/Chez Soi project that used the Pathways to Housing model of Housing First for homeless people with mental illness. While the toolkit has a mental health focus because it is based on the At Home/Chez Soi experience, it is applicable to and can be adapted to other segments of the homeless population (e.g., youth, families), many of which also experience mental health challenges.


Homeless Hub

The Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information centre representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking.


Intersectional approaches to ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Canada

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness recently released the first-ever academic text that focuses specifically on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in both Canada and the U.S.  Click here to download this free e-book.


Landlord Engagement Toolkit

A practical “how to” guide to working with landlords in the context of a Housing First program. Click here to review this resource.


Mental Health and Addiction Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Frontline Providers

Free e-book from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press focused on supporting service providers in their interventions with street-involved youth.


New Resource: Toolkit for Intensive Case Management in Canada

For those using a Case Management Program for the Housing First Model, there is a new toolkit available from the Homelessness Partnering Strategy on the Community Workspace on Homelessness! It's also available in French


Sheltersafe

ShelterSafe.ca is an online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support.

 

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Substance Use and Misuse


Cannabis in Canada
 
Click here to get the facts you need to know about cannabis from the Government of Canada.

Clearing the Smoke on Cannabis

The Canadian Centre on substance Abuse (CCSA) has released updated reports that summarize what the effects of cannabis use on human functioning and development. Click here access the report highlights.


Guide to Facilitate Discussions about Youth Cannabis Use in Your Community

Marijuana — its medical uses, effects and legalization — is a common topic of discussion of late among members of the public and health professionals, and in political circles. Click here to access a guide to support discussions developed by the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse.


Medications and You

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada is proud to announce the launch of their latest in a series of public education resources, Medications and You book.


Mental Health and Addiction Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Frontline Providers

Free e-book from the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press focused on supporting service providers in their interventions with street-involved youth.


National Alcohol Strategy 

Alcohol is a popular drink in Canada with special social and cultural significance, yet it also causes many types ​of harm. Canada has developed a National Alcohol Strategy​ to address problematic alcohol consumption​​. 


Opioid Symposium Presentations

Access all the presentations and recordings of the 2018 CCSA Opioid Symposium.


Opioids toolkit

Click here to get resources and help promote awareness on preventing opioid overdoses.


PreventionCoalition

PreventionCoalition is an informational site designed to educate parents, teachers and concerned community members about teen drug use and ways to prevent it.


Resources Related to the Opioid Crisis

​​​Across Canada, organizations and jurisdictions are working collectively to drive impact at the national, jurisdictional and local levels in fulfilling their commitments under the Joint Statement of Action, as well as contributing to end the opioid crisis. The resulting resources presented here  are organized along the pillars of the Canadian drugs and substances strategy.


Talking Pot with Youth: A Cannabis Communication Guide for Youth Allies
 
This guide is intended to educate youth allies on how to have safe, unbiased, informed and non-judgmental conversations with young people about cannabis:  http://www.ccsa.ca/Resource%20Library/CCSA-Cannabis-Communication-Guide-2018-en.pdf
 

Understanding Addiction

Understanding Addiction is online learning program (CMHA-BC) that seeks to equip non-specialist workers and volunteers with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to confidently help people who face challenges with substance use and addiction. The goal of this course is to ensure that anyone in a “helping role” will be able to foster healthy relationships and build supportive environments. (Course fee: $100 per person)

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Military/Veterans


 

Military and Veteran Families in Canada: Collaborations and Partnerships Compendium 1.0

A digital publication created to strengthen the community of support among organizations and professionals that study, serve and support Canada’s military and Veteran families. The Compendium is a reference publication that profiles organizations engaged in partnerships and collaborations across the country.  Its goal is to inspire engagement, reduce duplication of effort, and leverage existing resources to enhance and strengthen supports for Canada’s military and Veteran families. Click here to access the Compendium.


PTSD Coach Canada - Mobile Application

Together with professional treatment, PTSD Coach Canada provides dependable resources and self-help tools based on research.

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Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre

 

Click here to access this newly launched government website that brings together all federal programs, research and information related to gender-based violence across Canada.


HIV Screening and Testing - Survey

The Public Health Agency of Canada is conducting an anonymous survey for health professionals to examine knowledge and practice related to HIV screening and testing. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete, depending on your answers. Click here to access this survey.


Sheltersafe

ShelterSafe.ca is an online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support.


We Believe You

A colouring book for survivors and supporters is an initiative of the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Click here to access.


WePROTECT Global Alliance

Worldwide cooperation to stop the crime of online child sexual abuse and exploitation. Click here to learn more.

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Refugee Mental Health Online Course: Focus on Syrian Refugees

Registration is free for service providers from across Canada who work with Syrian refugees. The Refugee Mental Health Project aims to build settlement, social and health service providers' knowledge and skills regarding refugee mental health and promote inter-sector and inter-professional collaboration. The project resources are providedree of charge across Canada.


Immigration Matters 

IRCC is working on an initiative called Immigration Matters that combines storytelling and facts to dispel common myths about immigrants and refugees, and promotes positive engagement between Canadians and newcomers.  Click here for the Immigration Matters toolkit

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General Practice 


 

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of thinking about and sharing your wishes for future health and personal care. Click here to access Online Interactive Workbooks which you can download and share with others.


Best Advice Guide: Team-Based Care in the Patient’s Medical Home

Team-based care is an integral part of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) model. The continuous, comprehensive, patient-centred care provided by these family practices is made even more effective by building a strong, well-connected team that strives for the same goal. Click here to access resources and guides for PMH.


Brain Story Certification - Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

A free online course from AFWI developed to make Brain Story science available to professionals and the public. Brain Story Certification is designed for those seeking a deeper understanding of brain development and its consequences for lifelong health. The course is also designed for professionals seeking certification in a wide range of fields. Click here to learn more.


Canadian Virtual Hospice

The Canadian Virtual Hospice team has identified protocols, advanced practices, and assessment and evaluation tools to help support your practice. Click here to access.


Continuing Education Webinars – MHCC

Looking for free on-line continuing education opportunities? Click here to access the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) archived webinars on topics ranging from workplace mental health to recovery and suicide prevention.


Eco-Social Work: An Ethical Imperative

Click here to access an online resource for Social Workers who are interested in learning more about eco-social work; it was also developed in order to raise greater awareness about the importance of ecological/environmental issues, as well as eco-social work theory and practice within the field of social work itself.


Evidence-based Principles of Therapy (EPT) Clearinghouse

The goal of the EPT Clearinghouse is to develop a crowd-sourced site for free resources (e.g., videos, worksheets, manuals) for therapists, educators, and students who want to learn how to implement evidence-based practice elements.


How to prepare and write a Gladue report

Gladue rights apply to all Aboriginal peoples, living on reserve or off reserve. This Gladue Report Guide is published by the Legal Services Society (LSS) in British Columbia.


The New Social Worker – Online Magazine

The New Social Worker is a careers magazine with each issue providing practical articles on social work students, social work ethics, field placement, practice issues, practice specialties, technology in social work, book reviews, and more.


Toolbox for the Active Offer – For Better Understanding and Better Care

The Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS), has developed a set of training and information tools for healthcare and social service professionals. This toolbox will provide you with valuable resources to help you offer quality healthcare services to your francophone clients. Click here to access.

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