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Pathways to Resilience: Nine Ways Families, Schools, and Communities Nurture a Child’s Well-being
Sep 17, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

Resilience is much more than an individual child’s capacity to overcome adversity. It is also the result of how well children, their families and communities work together to help vulnerable young people navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing, and whether those resources are made available in ways young people experience as culturally and contextually meaningful. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar will use examples from his clinical practice and research collaborations on six continents to explore the nature of children’s resilience. His work challenges us to think about resilience as something nurtured rather than something innate. In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will provide nine practical strategies parents, caregivers and educators need to help children heal, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological or behavioral problems. Based on material from his two most recent books, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need From Their Parents, as well as case examples from his clinical practice and his research, Dr. Ungar will share what caregivers and educators have taught him about why a supportive environment is essential to improving young people’s resilience. 

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are:
1.    To understand how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available;
2.    To become familiar with how to assess resilience;
3.    To learn about nine resilience-promoting resources necessary for positive child development;
4.    To develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children, adolescents, and their families;
5.    To discuss ways services can be structured for children, youth and families that make resilience more likely to occur.

In a Good Way: Putting the TRC Calls to Action into Practice
May 14, 2019 2:00 pm EDT

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) issued 94 Calls to Action.  Drawing on a range of examples from health and human service settings, this webinar will explore concrete tools and strategies to support social workers as they respond to the Calls to Action in their personal and professional lives.


Strategic tips to start and grow your ideal social work private practice
May 9, 2019 7:00 pm EDT

If you dream of having a private practice that lets you help people while giving you the freedom to choose your own hours, location, client issues, case load and specialization, you’re not alone! All of these factors contribute to compassion satisfaction and can help you live in alignment with your values. Unfortunately, many social workers struggle to start or grow a successful private practice because they were never taught basic business concepts and strategic ways to build a practice (most business training programs don’t fit well for private practice).  The webinar will review practical steps to start or grow your practice and how to overcome four common barriers most social workers experience.


In this webinar, you will learn:

  • What to consider before starting a private practice
  • Five practical things you need to do when starting a practice
  • Three ways to charge for your services
  • Supervision and support for practitioners
  • The pros and cons of working through insurance providers
  • How to overcome four common barriers most social workers experince


The Right to Education and Inclusion in a school setting: Announcement of the 8th International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child event program
May 3, 2019 12:00 pm EDT

This webinar will include an overview of the 8th International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child event program, as well as a public lecture on the issues of inclusive education policy. Can an inclusive education system be defended through the rights of the child? Can the best interest of the child be invoked to emphasize the integration of the student in the regular classroom? What grounds for student exclusion in the regular classroom could be justified by a fundamental rights analysis?


Le droit à l'éducation et l'inclusion scolaire: Annonce de la programmation de la 8e édition du Cours d'été international relatif aux droits de l'enfant
May 3, 2019 10:00 am EDT

Ce webinaire offrira un survol de la programmation de la 8e édition du Cours d'été international relatif aux droits de l'enfant, ainsi qu'une conférence publique sur les enjeux de la politique de l'inclusion scolaire. Les systèmes d'éducation inclusifs peuvent-ils être défendus au moyen des droits de l'enfant? L'intérêt supérieur de l'enfant peut-il être invoqué pour insister sur l'intégration de l'élève en salle régulière ? Quel motif d'exclusion de l’élève en salle de classe régulière pourrait être justifié par une analyse fondée sur les droits fondamentaux ?

The Brain Health & Wellness Project: Supporting frontline clinicians to promote brain health and wellness using Fountain of Health tools
Apr 10, 2019 12:00 pm EDT

The Brain Health and Wellness Project offers clinicians like you free training, support and materials to quickly and effectively promote key modifiable health behaviours known to promote brain health and wellness. Developed by the Fountain of Health by clinicians for clinicians, these tools have been field-tested in over 500 patients to date, and found to be effective with over 80% of patients meeting a health goal within 3 months. These CBT-based paper-based and e-materials including The Wellness App, offering goal-setting, tracking and encouragement. The process is also quick and simple for clinicians, taking 5 minutes in the context of routine care, over 2 visits about a month apart-- 80% of clinicians who have used the materials recommended them for colleagues. 

Global Warming: A Social Work Response
Mar 25, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

The most recent warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear.   The time to work together to end fossil fuel emissions of greenhouse gases is now. As professionals we can respond to the human behaviors that are undermining the earth’s ability to sustain and support our lives. The technologies to accomplish this task exist, but human systems are not responding to the crisis with their full capacity, in fact they are, by force of habit, exacerbating the problem.   

The general social narrative continues to be stuck, afraid of change and uncertain. The story is similar to the stories of segregation, apartheid, women’s rights, nuclear contamination and the need for a nuclear freeze. But in these instances, the narrative changed and we were able to respond in productive ways.  Social workers played a central role in all these cases.  Can we do the same for climate change?

Social workers, doctors, teachers, planners, architects, theologians and many others ought to add their perspectives to the overriding and real urgency of global warming. Social work, through its humane focus and multi-generational roles of promoting understanding between people and communities, and advancing humane care for everyone, can contribute to a new hopeful and inclusive narrative.  How can we do this, and what special insights and capacities can we contribute through our professional knowledge and experiences?   Would our understanding of the psychosocial consequences of stress on communities and families help broaden the conversation about the dangers of the moment?  Would our experience of the importance of community participation, and our abilities to listen to and help others be critical at this time?  Can social workers’ thoughtful participation and concerted action contribute to the global tasks at hand in a way that leaves no one out?


Webinar key learnings:

  • A brief presentation of the October 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report and other warnings about the immediate need to address global warming. 


  • A brief overview of the off-the-shelf technological solutions that could respond to the IPCC recommendations for action.


  • The need to broaden the social narrative and take action – when has that worked in the past and why? 


  • How has denial and despair been overcome?
  • Do we feel despair?  Can we help professionally with denial and despair?


  • How can social workers contribute through our professional capacities to broadening the conversation and contributing to concerted actions?

    •   How can social workers support each other and the community at large during this era of “eco-anxiety”?


Connecting the disconnected: How technology can be used to reduce social isolation among older adults
Mar 21, 2019 11:00 am EDT

Please note that parts of this webinar will be bilingual (English/French).

This presentation will provide an overview of the APPTA hub’s finding around the complex issue of social isolation and loneliness. What is this widely discussed phenomenon and how do we begin to address it? Seniors, in particular, have a great risk of experiencing isolation and loneliness. This presentation will highlight the key findings of our work around social isolation and loneliness experienced by seniors, how technology has shown to play a role, and what particular risk factors and barriers perpetuate this issue.

  • What is Social Isolation? Loneliness? Difference between the two
  • The risk factors of Social Isolation and Loneliness according to literature
  • How technology has shown to alleviate Social Isolation and Loneliness
  • What are the barriers to social participation?
  • Highlight and recognition of social programs in communities
Working with you: Benefits, credits, and services
Mar 20, 2019 12:00 pm EDT

The webinar examines topics including benefits and credits available to vulnerable Canadians, services available to benefit recipients and the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). The webinar will provide an overview of the numerous benefits and credits available to Canadians, the requirements for eligibility and information on how payment amounts are calculated. Through the various channels that social workers interact with Canadians on a day to day basis, the webinar seeks to better disseminate and demystify information on benefits and credits to vulnerable Canadians.

We hope that by working together, we can address barriers for persons using shelters and individuals that are housing insecure in accessing benefits and credits. With a section in the webinar regarding the CVITP, the audience will learn more about the program, its eligibility and how it can help Canadians access the benefits and credits they are entitled to. The webinar will also discuss the opportunity for social workers to invite CRA Outreach officers to their organizations for presentations (for example: accessing benefits and credits or a population specific presentation (i.e. resources relevant to seniors)). Social workers will be provided with resources to disseminate information on benefits and credits to the populations they serve. Resources are available in multiple languages and formats, targeting specific segments of the Canadian population (i.e. an info sheet with information on benefits and credits relevant to newcomers to Canada).

Social Work for a Sustainable Future: The Deep Impact of Environmentalism for Social Work | Le travail social pour un avenir durable : l’impact profond de l’environnementalisme sur le travail social
Mar 20, 2019 11:00 am ADT

Note that this webinar is scheduled in Atlantic Time. Here is a simple tool that allows you to enter and compare your time zone to Atlantic time. 

Please note that this webinar will be presented in English.

This webinar will draw attention to the full implications that engagement with environmentalism has for the social work profession. While there has been considerable scholarship attempting to provide direction to social work’s response to climate change and environmental devastation, the scholarship and the impact of the actions proposed have been constrained by the profession’s foundational values and the limits they impose on effective action toward sustainability. A full engagement with the environment exposes both problems with the core values upon which the profession has been developed, and the need to transition to a different theoretical foundation that has the potential to both transform our relationship with each other and the Earth, and bring us closer to a sustainable future. The webinar includes:

  • brief overview of ecology and social work
  • outline of social work’s embeddedness in modernity
  • review of core values of modernity and their limitations
  • present core values of Ecosocial Worldview and their opportunities
  • discuss implications of this transformative shift




Ce webinaire attirera l’attention sur toutes les implications de l’engagement envers l’environnementalisme pour la profession du travail social. Bien qu’il y ait eu beaucoup d’études visant à orienter la réponse des travailleurs sociaux au changement climatique et à la dévastation de l’environnement, l’étude et l’impact des mesures proposées ont été restreints par les valeurs fondamentales de la profession et les limites qu’elles imposent à une action efficace en faveur du développement durable. Un engagement total à l’égard de l’environnement expose à la fois les problèmes liés aux valeurs fondamentales sur lesquelles la profession s’est développée et la nécessité de passer à un fondement théorique différent qui a le potentiel de transformer nos relations entre nous et avec la Terre, et de nous rapprocher d’un avenir durable. Le webinaire comprend :

  • un aperçu de l’écologie et du travail social
  • un aperçu de l’ancrage du travail social dans la modernité
  • un examen des valeurs fondamentales de la modernité et de leurs limites
  • les valeurs fondamentales actuelles de la vision écologique et sociale
  • une élaboration sur les conséquences de cette transformation.