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Insights into the Human Face of Basic Income: Dispatches from the Front Line in Thunder Bay, Ontario and its Implications for Social Work Practice
Mar 30, 2020 11:00 am EDT
The webinar will cover some of the following about Basic Income:
  • First, it will give an overview of the idea of a basic income and of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot
  • Second, it will provide preliminary data from a qualitative study conducted in Thunder Bay, Ontario, one of the sites of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot
  • Third, it will provide some direction for how basic income and Ontario Basic Income Pilot can be understood in light of social work policy and practice
Spirituality and Social Justice
Mar 26, 2020 1:00 am EDT
On the whole the social work literature has insufficiently plumbed the interface of spirituality and social justice for insights into how spirituality inspires a commitment to social justice and how engagement in struggles for social justice deepens spirituality. Thus, the political dimension of the spiritual in the quest for a just world remains underdeveloped and often unnamed in discussions of spirituality and social work practice. In this webinar the presenters highlight key learnings from their recently published book Spirituality and Social Justice: Spirit in the Political Quest for a Just World. They explore the connections between spirituality and social justice and how spirituality can be a powerful force for social justice in social work. 
Webinar Key Objectives: 
To explore the connections between spirituality and social justice activism. 
To accentuate a critical conceptualization of spirituality as a spiritual-political endeavor oriented toward social justice and structures of colonialism, power, and oppression.   
To foster a collective understanding of the ethical and political dimensions of spirituality in social and ecological justice-based social work.
To encourage self-reflection on how spirituality can guide a commitment to social and ecological justice.   
What are Children’s Rights? An exploration of Canada’s commitment to the Universal Declaration on the Rights of the Child
Feb 27, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Changes to Bill C-78, the Divorce Act, and what it means for social work
Feb 11, 2020 1:00 pm EST

Canada is in the midst of reforming its federal parenting laws and it is important that social workers are informed of these changes.  With Bill C-78 coming in effect in 2020, the Divorce Act will adopt child-centered parenting terminology; an evidence-informed definition and criteria for family violence in making parenting orders; and a comprehensive relocation scheme. Reforms will also include a non-exhaustive list of best interests of the child criteria, including criteria addressing voice of the child and Indigenous heritage. The reforms will also impose obligations on legal advisers and other family justice professionals to encourage out-of-court dispute resolution and child-focused resolutions. This workshop will provide an overview of the proposed changes, discuss the implications to research and practice, and address implementation issues for the field of social work.

The webinar will cover some of the following about Hoarding disorder:

  • To understand the substantive changes proposed to parenting laws in Canada
  • To explore the integration of family justice reform with best available research
  • To prepare social workers to assist families to navigate these parenting law reforms
Arts-Based Mindfulness Methods for Personal and Professional Benefits
Jan 22, 2020 1:00 pm EST

Over the past few years, researchers studying mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have reported a multitude of benefits including improved emotion regulation, mood, social competence, and resilience, and research exploring mindfulness continues to expand. While much of this research emerges from the fields of health and psychology, social workers have a unique contribution to make to the practice and study of MBIs. Our approaches are holistic, creative, and strengths-based. We aim to create change that moves beyond an individual focus as practicing mindfulness encourages us to recognize our interconnections with all life forms, and to act to improve the communities we live in. With colleagues, I have been studying an arts-based mindfulness group program for over 10 years. We have tested our arts-based MBI with success with marginalized children/youth, university students, youths and adults seeking mental health services, Indigenous women, elementary school teachers, and women leaving abusive relationships.

In this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • the personal and professional benefits of practicing mindfulness, for examples, developing therapeutic presence, and engaging people in enjoyable processes that foster inclusion and expression,
  • a variety of arts-based mindfulness activities used in our MBI
  • how to facilitate/discuss the philosophy of mindfulness including some of its concepts (self-compassion/non-judgement) and practices (mindful breathing/meditation)
  • and, importantly, how to facilitate these concepts and practices by way of arts-based and experiential methods that are highly engaging, and foster enjoyment and success.
How to Submit an Abstract to the CASWE-ACFTS Conference: Increasing Your Chances for Success
Dec 18, 2019 2:00 pm EST

This webinar is aimed at students who will attend the CASWE-ACFTS Annual Conference and are considering submitting an abstract to present. During this webinar you will:
•    Get a general overview of the online abstract submission system
•    Learn about the different presentation options
•    Receive tips on what to include in your abstract to increase your chances for success
•    Learn about the CASWE-ACFTS Student Awards for Outstanding Proposals
•    Learn about opportunities for student involvement during the Conference

Connecting Canada’s Poverty Reduction Strategy with the field of Social Work
Dec 17, 2019 1:00 pm EST
Participants will come out of this webinar with a greater knowledge of key policy frameworks and recommendations to address poverty in Canada by considering both the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy, the new way to measure poverty in Canada and the work of anti-poverty advocates like you. We will explore the benefits and implications for those providing services in the social work field or conducting research, as well as opportunities for social workers to engage with the new official poverty line, systemic analysis and advocacy.
Key learnings:
  • Advocating from a human rights framework: justice vs charity
  • Key features of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy (CPRS)
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the CPRS
  • Further recommendations for addressing poverty in Canada
  • Opportunities for advocacy
Strategies to Identify, Manage, and Overcome Hoarding
Dec 12, 2019 1:00 pm EST

More than 3 million Canadians hoard, and many more are impacted. Hoarding comes with huge costs, including to relationships, emotional energy, peace of mind, self-respect, and human connection. It can devastate marriages and harm the emotional health of children. Hoarding can also become a legal, personal, and public health and safety issue. Without hoarding-informed supportive interventions, people who hoard will continue to experience further deterioration in their mental health as well as in their living conditions.

The webinar will cover some of the following about Hoarding disorder:

  • Recognized by the APA as a distinct disorder in 2013 (DSM-5), with its own diagnostic criteria and treatment requirements
  • Occurs in all cultures and at every income and education level  
  • Poses health and safety risks to the sufferers, neighbors, pets, and responders
  • Has a devastating impact on marriages and the emotional health of children
  • Comorbid factors include anxiety, depression, addictive personality disorder, OCD, and ADHD
  • New studies show that certain environmental and genetic vulnerabilities can lead to hoarding behavior
Cultural Safety in Indigenous Health Care
Dec 3, 2019 1:00 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. 

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

Historical, political, economic, and social factors have shaped and continue to shape the health of Indigenous people. These factors have led to distinct healthcare needs, experiences with the health care system, and health outcomes among Indigenous people. Cultural safety means that people feel respected and safe when they interact with the health care system. Culturally safe health care services are free of racism and discrimination and encourage people to draw strengths from their identity, culture and community. Margot Latimer and Diane Obed will explain how historical events, treaties, and landmark documents have shaped the health experiences of Indigenous People. They will use examples from their work with the Aboriginal Children’s Hurt and Healing (ACHH) Initiative to explain disparities in health among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. They will present the FIRST Approach, an approach to providing culturally safe clinical practice that can be used to improve the healthcare experiences of Indigenous children and families.

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are:

1. Acquire knowledge about the Indigenous people who live in Canada, where they live and important historical events that have affected their health and wellbeing.

2. Understand the current day impact of historical injustices and how policy and landmark decisions can and have shaped health care systems.

3. Understand the different dimensions of health (emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual) and how this knowledge can be applied when working with Indigenous people.

4. Understand and learn how to apply evidence-based, culturally safe clinical care principles

Creating a Social Work Understanding of Addiction
Nov 19, 2019 12:00 pm EST

So, what is the difference between dependency and addiction?  Is cannabis safer than opioids for pain or simply less potent?  Why can’t men and women consume equal amounts of alcohol without developing different levels of intoxication?  If your practice involves working with individuals who use psychoactive drugs or have addiction issues, and, like most Canadian social workers, were never required to take an addiction studies course during your studies, this webinar will be a good introduction to help you distinguish between the lies, half-lies, damn lies, and the occasional truth surrounding this complex area of interdisciplinary practice. 

Webinar Key Learnings:
•    Development of a holistic conceptualization of addiction
•    Knowledge about the actual affects of key psychoactive agents
•    Time to ask specific questions regarding drug interactions