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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
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. 
Equi-Assist: Horses and Humans Working Together to Overcome Trauma
Mar 19, 2019 12:00 pm EDT

This presentation will describe the implementation and evaluation of an equine facilitated treatment program located in St. John’s, NL.  Equine facilitated practice (EFP) is an experiential, solution-focused treatment that incorporates horses into the counseling process. As with other animal assisted therapies, EFP uses the human-animal bond in goal-directed activities and can be integrated into individual or group counselling.  EFP assists participants in ways that are, for some clients, more effective than traditional approaches and has been demonstrated to have particular efficacy in work with military personnel and their families on issues related to trauma.  Ms. Fiander will provide an in-depth overview of the treatment model developed by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and more specifically, of its application at Avalon Equestrian Centre in her Equi-Assist program. Dr. Wideman will discuss the theoretical foundations of EFP and initial findings of the evaluation.  

Supporting Children and Youth in Care
Feb 27, 2019 1:00 pm EST

Join us for a webinar to learn about resources that can help you to start, enhance or expand a mentoring program for children and youth in care in your community. Using a case study of three Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) sites in Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary, this webinar will outline approaches to effectively engage, connect and support children and youth in care with adult mentors. Here, a focus will be placed on trauma-informed and research-based practice. Comprehensive supporting materials will be provided free-of-charge through the AMP website.

Please note: Practices and learnings from AMP continue to evolve as institutional knowledge, research, and system-level collaboration expand. New learnings and knowledge will be articulated through future program design resources and documents. 

This webinar is intended to help professionals: 

  • Understand essential program design elements for establishing and implementing a mentoring program for children and youth in care;
  • Develop effective policies and procedures when mentoring this unique demographic;
  • Gain knowledge and information about activities and learnings from AMP project sites.
Defending Children’s Rights: It’s everyone’s responsibility | Défendre les droits des enfants : la responsabilité de tous
Feb 13, 2019 12:15 pm EST

Le français suit. Veuillez noter que ce webinaire est la version anglaise. La version française aura lieu le 20 février.

If you cannot make the live event, register now to be sent a link to the On-Demand version to view at your convenience. 

We encourage you to test your system to ensure a smooth viewing experience.  

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. 

In this online presentation the Deputy Advocate in the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate will give an overview of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and explore ways it can impact the work of child welfare social workers, teachers in the classroom, lawyers in Family Court or Youth Criminal Court, business owners in communities as well as parents and other family members at home. The seminar will seek to give practical insights into ways in which all of us can improve children’s knowledge and lived experience of their rights through the work we do. It will also equip front line workers who interact regularly with children with the basic knowledge they need to step into their roles as duty-bearers to children under the Convention.

Dans ce webinaire, le défenseur adjoint et conseiller juridique principal du Bureau du défenseur des enfants, des jeunes et des aînés donne un aperçu de la Convention des Nations-Unies relative aux droits de l’enfant et des effets de la convention sur le travail des travailleuses sociales et les travailleurs sociaux en bien-être de l’enfance, le personnel enseignant, les avocats et avocates dans les tribunaux de la famille et des adolescents, les propriétaires d’entreprises dans nos collectivités et les parents et membres des familles dans les foyers. Le webinaire vise à offrir des idées pratiques sur les façons dont nous pouvons tous, dans le travail que nous accomplissons, améliorer les connaissances des enfants en matière des droits et la façon dont ces droits sont appliqués dans leur vie. Il vise aussi à communiquer aux membres du personnel de première ligne qui interagissent régulièrement avec des enfants les connaissances fondamentales dont ils ont besoin pour accomplir leur devoir envers les enfants en vertu de la convention.

Social Justice Priorities in the United States
Jan 30, 2019 12:00 pm EST

If you cannot make the live event, register now to be sent a link to the On-Demand version to view at your convenience. 

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This webinar, presented by National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the national professional association for social workers in the United States, will cover the following topics and allow time for Q&A with the audience:

Mr. Wilson will discuss NASW ‘s social justice priorities which include five of America’s most pressing social justice issues on a national scale. The discussion will include data and policy analyses that how the social justice priorities were determined, and how NASW informs and mobilizes its members – from a social action standpoint- to help find was to correct injustices.

The presenter will also respond to questions from the audience. 

- key take home point 
That NASW and other American organizations have worked in coalition to bring about meaningful changes in national policies and practices that perpetuate social injustices among ethnic minorities, low income families, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations.

- key learning 
•    What are NASW’s social Justice Priorities?
•    What are some actions that NASW is taking to address injustices?
•    What is the role of NASW chapters in working with NASW national to respond to the social justice priorities?

- key topic(s)
•    Social Justice Priority Issues
•    The coalition model for addressing national issues
•    Understanding national and state-level legislative process
•    Develop policy recommendations on social justice priorities 

Treatment Criteria for High Conflict Separating Families
Jan 21, 2019 1:00 pm EST

This webinar, presented by the Manitoba Centre for Families in Transition  will cover the following areas and allow time for Q&A with the audience:

  • Brief overview  of the continuum of divorce from low to high conflict
  • Presentation of the divorce impasse model
  • Children's four core concerns
  • Group family treatment model vs individual family treatment model
  • The cost of divorce to families and social costs
  • Resources for clinicians 
  • Brief overview of C-78 from a mental health perspective

The Manitoba Centre for Families in Transition is a non-profit counseling agency serving separated families whose children are at risk of developing serious mental health challenges.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: More than a Manual
Jan 16, 2019 12:00 pm EST

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Let’s take another look at Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and consider its place within a recovery-oriented approach for mental health care. We will examine commonly held myths about the therapy and how the lesser known aspects of the therapy facilitate an individualized recovery plan that recognizes the uniqueness of every person seeking treatment.

The Alberta Mentoring Partnership
Dec 6, 2018 1:00 pm EST

Do you want to start a mentoring program in your school or local community? Do you work with an existing mentoring program but you want to improve your outcomes? Do you support diverse cultural, indigenous, or new immigrant communities and are looking for information on culturally sensitive mentoring practices? 

Whether you want to make a difference in the life of a young person, connect with a mentoring organization near you, or strengthen your mentoring programs for youth, we can help. We combine innovative ideas with evidence-informed tools that we know work to make mentoring a positive factor in children’s lives.

The Alberta Mentoring Partnership (AMP) is a network of community mentoring agencies, government and youth working together to raise the profile of mentoring in Alberta. We exist to help schools and mentoring agencies meet the needs of the children and youth they serve.

By providing access to mentoring resources and toolkits, training materials, and research, AMP builds the capacity of school and agency partners to deliver great mentorship programming.

This webinar will provide an overview of the various tools and resources we have to offer to help you expand or enhance your mentoring program. We also have new online training opportunities for mentors and mentees we would like to showcase.