Social Workers help vulnerable people who are now experiencing even more risk because of Covid-19. It’s been over a year since these unprecedented dynamics began. Many Social Workers have experienced an increase in demands/risks with a reduction or complication of available supports. This has increased the chance of developing psychosocial injuries such as chronic stress, moral injury, and grief. Learn how to identify different injuries and strategies to protect yourself.
• The difference between chronic stress, moral injury and grief
• How to recognize your warning signs
• A framework to understand and address your current experience
• Personal and professional strategies to protect yourself from these injuries
Spirituality is a key component of the human experience and human identity. In this webinar, the panel of four members of the Canadian Society for Social Work and Spirituality will present an overview of relevancy of spiritualty to social work practice. Heather will present about children’s spirituality. Fiona will talk about the impact of religiosity and spirituality in addressing the mental health experiences of youth from an Afro- Caribbean background. Cassandra will speak about trans-species spirituality as both a faith in the interconnectedness of all things and people with the more than human world and as a radical activist praxis. Indrani’s presentation will concern meditation and trauma-informed practice and research.
• Review connections of spirituality and social work
• Introduce some areas of focus concerning spirituality and social work
• Define spirituality and religion
• Consider implications for social work practice
CBT Made Simple: Incorporate CBT into your practice. Part II: How to work with behaviours that maintain anxiety and depression
The workshop is aimed at developing clinical skills that participants can incorporate into their daily work. The workshop is divided into two parts, however, each part can be taken as a stand-alone workshop. Both workshops are based on cognitive behavioural theory but also incorporate aspects of mindfulness, compassion therapy, and ACT. This second part will focus on how to modify client’s behaviours that maintain depression and anxiety.
Part 2: How to Work With Behaviours That Maintain Anxiety and Depression
The workshop will focus on understanding the role of avoidance in maintaining depression and anxiety and how to address avoidance through behavioural interventions. The workshop will cover behavioural activation, graded task assignments, the role of problem-solving and the development of coping thoughts. Strategies for motivating your client to modify their behaviour based on mindfulness, compassion therapy, and values clarification will be explored.
1. Understand how avoidance maintains depression and anxiety
2. Address avoidance through behavioural activation
3. Use graded task assignments to increase motivation
4. Understand the role of problem-solving in addressing avoidance
5. Become familiar with different strategies for encouraging increased activity level
6. Understand how to use mindfulness, compassion therapy, and values clarification to encourage your client to modify their behaviour.
CBT Made Simple: Incorporate CBT into your practice. Part I: How to work with thoughts that maintain anxiety and depression
The workshop is aimed at developing clinical skills that participants can incorporate into their daily work. The workshop is divided into two parts; however, each part can be taken as a stand-alone workshop. Both workshops are based on cognitive behavioural theory but also incorporate aspects of mindfulness, compassion therapy, and ACT. The first part of the workshop will focus on learning skills related to case conceptualization and helping clients change their negative thinking patterns. The second part will focus on learning skills related to helping clients change dysfunctional behavioural patterns. Both workshops will cover current research but the focus is on developing clinical skills. There will be time for self-reflection and experiential exercises where participants will have an opportunity to practice new skills.
Part 1: Case Conceptualization and how to work with thoughts that maintain anxiety and depression
The workshop will explore how to use cognitive behaviour theory to create a collaborative case conceptualization. You will learn how to help your client understand their problems in terms of how thoughts can influence their feelings and behaviours and the power of understanding symptom maintenance cycles. You will have an opportunity to apply this model to understanding your own clients. How different thought patterns maintain depression and anxiety will be described. Specific cognitive interventions will be coved including how to help your client identify their deep underlying thoughts; identifying dysfunctional thought patterns; using your clients’ strengths to complete an evidence log; helping your client decenter or distance from their dysfunctional thoughts and developing balanced thoughts that can be used in everyday life to support resilience and strength.
1. Learn the steps involved in developing a CBT case conceptualization
2. Learn to identify clients’ trigger situations, thoughts, feelings, physical reactions and behaviors and how these four factors interact to maintain your client’s problems.
3. Learn how to help clients examine the evidence for their dysfunctional thoughts from a strengths perspective
4. Learn how to help clients decenter or step back from their dysfunctional thoughts
5. Learn how to help clients develop balanced thoughts that they can use in everyday life to develop resilience and strength
Celebrate National Social Work Month with CASW and the Senate of Canada
As we wrap up our National Social Work Month celebrations, what is next for the profession? Join this event to hear from community leaders in social work who are leading the fight for a socially just Canada.
This event will feature a panel of experts to discuss how they link social policy, advocacy, and practice at the national level, as well as with social workers working on the ground.
It will aim to explore the relationship between national advocacy and the realities of social workers on the ground and in their communities. This panel will host community leaders and federal policymakers to delve into how we can better link the needs of social workers and their clients with national advocacy moving forward.
This event will not be recorded.
This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Canadian residential school system and will raise awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action and how they directly apply to health professions, including the profession of social work. All social workers are responsible for implementing the Calls to Action into their practice to move towards reconciliation. This webinar aims to provide social workers with some concrete steps they can take to incorporate the Calls to Action within their professional practice.
Webinar Key Objectives:
- To provide a brief history of the residential schools leading up to the child welfare system.
- To create awareness of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and the TRC Calls to Action and its relevance to the role of social workers.
- To identify some practical next steps social workers can take to implement the Calls to Action in their professional practice.
Managing complex issues such as depression, clinical anger, grief, and trauma can be overwhelming for any clinician, particularly when the client is experiencing several concurrently. This practical, skill-based presentation aims to break down treatment issues, offer suggestions about prioritizing clinical need, and teach strategies to manage concurrent complex issues with confidence. Participants will also be introduced to the holistic framework as a means of facilitating the concept of wholeness and client health.
At the conclusion of this webinar, attendees should:
- Have a greater understanding of individual treatment considerations and approaches.
- Feel confident in identifying priorities in goal setting with complex cases.
- Be able to recognize the value of wholeness in approaching clinical goals.
The webinar will focus on three areas of content :
(1) a critical analysis of poverty definitions, measurement and data sources and their implications for exposing or invisiblising poverty,
(2) a graphic summary of the rate, depth and trends in child poverty throughout Canada, and
(3) a description of a policy package for advocacy and the logic as to how its implementation will end child poverty and its negative effects.
Webinar Key Objectives:
(1) To inform participants about the various approaches to measuring poverty and their implications for social justice,
(2) To describe the rate, depth, and trends in child and family poverty nationally and in various provinces and territories,
(3) to describe a package of policies to eradicate poverty and its effects as a basis for policy advocacy
A diverse panel of social workers opens discussion regarding racism, its effects, and the role of social workers in mobilizing anti-racism responses. Panelists will discuss the importance of recognizing biases, raising awareness, facing fears, challenging discrimination and being an ally against racism.
Webinar Key Objectives:
· Understand current context and effects of racism
· Appreciate the critical role of social workers in combatting racism
Children from Indigenous, Black, and other racial minority groups in Canada have historically been overrepresented in child welfare settings and among children and youth in care. The inequities experienced by families whose children have been taken into state care are linked to intersecting factors, such as gender, race, colonialism, citizenship, immigration, and socio-economic status. Involvement in Child Protection Services has an effect on the health and wellbeing of children, families, and communities. However, we know relatively little about the informal and formal support systems that are available to these families and communities to prevent children from being taken into care in Nova Scotia. In this webinar we discuss findings from qualitative study conducted in the HRM that sought to identify support systems and strategies to strengthen the capacity of families from urban Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, and immigrant and refugee populations in the Halifax Regional Municipality to mobilize communities to prevent the entry or re-entry of children into state care.
To discuss the role that informal and formal support systems play in building the capacity of the immigrant and refugee, African Nova Scotian, and Urban Indigenous communities in preventing the entry or re-entry of children into provincial care.