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Strongest Families Institute: Supporting families at risk.
Mar 10, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Description

Strongest Families Institute (SFI) is an award-winning charity and a pioneer in distance e-mental health services for children, youth and families. SFI’s system of care and pediatric skill-based programs targeting behavioural challenges, anxiety and bedwetting have been proven in clinical trials. SFI leverages the advantages of technology, best science, and skilled telephone support coaches to deliver timely services to people when and where they need it. Especially now, during the pandemic, effective e-mental health services are important support for children and parents who are affected by the impacts of COVID-19. Families at risk are more susceptible to further decline in mental health due to the impacts of COVID-19. Equipping families with skills to better manage mental health challenges and build resilience can lead to healthier, more productive lives. SFI takes great care to adapt its programs to ensure care is customized to meet client/family needs. In this webinar, Dr. Pottie will provide an overview of SFI’s services and e-platform and will present on SFI’s outcomes, including case examples of at-risk families and an overview of SFI’s research and new innovations. 

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are to:

  • Become familiar with SFI’s system of care, service and research programs, and program availability.
  • Understand the benefits of SFI’s skill-based programs and impacts on children, youth and families, including case examples of high-risk families. 
  • Understand SFI’s success with scalability and ability to rapidly reduce pediatric waitlists.
  • Learn about SFI’s ongoing research and innovation programs.
Social Work and Interprofessional Collaboration: Challenges and Benefits
Mar 5, 2021 11:00 am EST
Description

This webinar covers various aspects of interprofessional collaboration (IP) that is used in SW practice to address complex situations that cannot be resolved in a compartmentalized manner (working in silos). 

The webinar also examines the important dimensions of IP collaboration, including roles and responsibilities, structure, and the collaborative process. In conclusion, the authors raise the importance of considering the benefits and implications for SW practice.

Webinar Objectives 
Key lessons:

  • Complex situations encountered in practice that require IP collaboration and new models of intervention
  • Definition and components of IP collaboration
  • Aspects that facilitate and hinder IP collaboration
  • Solutions to foster IP collaboration 
  • Benefits of IP collaboration
The benefits of incorporating an 'Adverse Childhood Experiences' lens in social work practice
Mar 4, 2021 11:00 am EST
Description

This workshop will present a brief overview of the research related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and how this science can better equip social workers to assist clients to lead authentic, fulfilling, and autonomous lives. More than 2000 peer-reviewed studies make evident that ACEs are pervasive and associated with the development of numerous physical and psychosocial health issues across the lifespan. The ACEs framework incorporates ten most commonly experienced adversities in childhood that include: physical, sexual and emotional abuse and physical and emotional neglect, witnessing domestic violence; having parents who experience mental illness and/or substance abuse; having an incarcerated family member and the separation and/or divorce of your parents. Other studies also include experiences of racism, poverty, war, and natural disasters as adverse childhood factors that cause trauma.

Webinar Key Objectives: 

  • Overview of Adverse Childhood Experience framework
  • First Voice Reflection-Benefits of ACEs Knowledge
  • Relevance of ACEs to Addiction and Mental Health Settings
  • Steps Social Work Profession can take to lead responses to ACEs
  • Benefits of an ACE lens to social work practice 
Supporting survivors of suicide loss: a narrative and reflective approach
Mar 2, 2021 11:30 am EST
Description

This webinar offers opportunities for social workers to enhance knowledge and skills of suicide postvention. Through story, song, lived experience, and theory, the presenter will review the complicated nature of suicide and share how Narrative practices may be applied to help survivors of suicide loss (SoSL) focus on the lives lived rather than the cause of death.

The webinar objectives are:

  • To examine the complicated nature of suicide loss  
  • To enhance understanding of appropriate language related to suicide postvention
  • To foster curiosity and desire to apply Narrative Theory and Practices to suicide postvention
  • To enrich social workers’ postvention toolkit with a repertoire of questions to explore in therapy;  guidelines for practice; and healing ideas for work with SoSL
  • To hear inspirational stories of how SoSL in NL are creating legacy and changing the way we look at suicide loss
Group work during the time of COVID-19
Jan 20, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Description

This purpose of this webinar is to provide social workers, who are relatively new to group facilitation, with some ways to think about their groups regardless of the issue bringing people together. The first half of the session will look at the key considerations for group facilitation relevant for both face-to-face and online service delivery. The concept of mutual aid in groups, the role of purpose, the stages groups move through, the development of norms and the concept of universality will be reviewed. The second half of the webinar will focus specifically on the benefits and challenges of moving our groups to an online platform. While social work has used technology in the past for group work purposes, the ability to use Zoom as a means of providing group work services is relatively new. Its use has escalated due to COVID-19 and our resultant need to socially distance. This means of delivering group services may continue to remain a viable option, even after the pandemic restrictions are lifted. Ideas for creating connection, for establishing group norms within the virtual environment, and general lessons learned from facilitating groups via Zoom, will be shared.

Webinar Key Objectives: 

  • To explore the concept of mutual aid in groups 
  • To review basic group processes
  • To explore the benefits and challenges of facilitating online groups via Zoom
  • To provide resources for social workers facilitating groups
The Youth in Care Chronicles: Voices from Former Youth in Care
Jan 5, 2021 1:00 pm EST
Description

The Youth in Care Chronicles is about the lived experiences of former youth in care, now as resilient adults, who want their voices to be heard. Youth in care are often represented in poorer health outcomes, homelessness, suicide, trafficking, and poorer educational outcomes. However, the narratives included in this book from 18 former youth in care provide a fresh look at moving beyond growing up in the child welfare system. The Youth in Care Chronicles shares experiences of pain and trauma faced by those in the child welfare system yet and towards the future with boundless hope and resilience. This webinar will focus on the implications for social workers to positively and actively impact the lives of youth in system care. A critical element of this book is a learning guide co-written by the editorial team which includes social workers, a child and youth care worker, a social work professor, a writer, and key messages from former youth in care themselves.  

Webinar Objectives

  • History of the Youth in Care Chronicles book
  • A brief description of the social issues that youth in care face
  • Overview of the themes in the former youths’ stories that impact professional social work practice through the book’s learning guide
  • Lessons learned along the way about community organizing and grassroots publishing
  • Discussion and questions
Resources
Casualties of care: social work as a cog in the machinery of White supremacy
Dec 10, 2020 1:30 pm EST
Description

Indigenous and Black people in Canada are disproportionately targeted and killed by police.  They are also disproportionately involved in systems of child welfare.  The Canadian state, it seems, insists on supporting Indigenous and Black families - even as it insists on taking Indigenous and Black life.  This apparent paradox is resolved by the reality that both practices, ultimately, secure the subordination of those disadvantaged by the racialized settler-colonial project.  ‘Hate’ and ‘love’ are not only compatible but collaborative.    

 

As those in the profession of administering care, social workers are a ‘benevolent’ cog in the machinery of White supremacy.  This presentation dissects the operations of this cog in relation to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers/refugees – a group of displaced people both produced by White supremacy, and exploited to perpetuate it.  It reflects on racism as more than interpersonal violence but structural denial, and situates the role of care work in facilitating, legitimating, obscuring, and erasing this. 

 

Webinar Objectives 

-          Recognize the role of ‘benevolence’ in the perpetuation of White supremacy

-          Recognize the continuities between social work’s past and present, in the perpetuation of White supremacy

-          Recognize the racialized origins and racializing effects of refugee practice and discourse 

-          Recognize mental health knowledge as a system of power, towards the perpetuation of White supremacy

-          Recognize ‘cultural’ knowledge as a system of power, towards the perpetuation of White supremacy

-          Recognize mainstream sexual and gender discourse as particular rather than universal 

 

Family Dispute Resolution: The New Laws
Dec 8, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Description

On June 21, 2019 Parliament made changes to the Divorce Act that affect family dispute resolution. ‘Family dispute resolution process’ is a new term in the Divorce Act. It is used to describe a number of out-of-court processes families can use to solve issues such as parenting, child support, and for some families, property issues. This webinar will overview the changes in early dispute resolution process prior to being able to proceed with a court application in the Family Law Division of the Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatchewan. The first implementation of the mandatory provisions has begun in Prince Albert and will slowly be implemented across the province.  Social workers need to understand the impact these new laws could have upon their clients who may be struggling with separation and/or divorce.   This webinar will highlight the new laws and explain the process options from which clients will need to choose and is applicable to social workers across Canada

(Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System - Film Screening and Learning Guide Launch
Nov 24, 2020 1:00 pm EST
Description

This webinar features a screening of the film (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System and a presentation related to the accompanying Learning Guide. The film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with the child welfare system and their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation. The Learning Guide provides the historical and contemporary contexts for the overwhelming number of Indigenous children in the child welfare system, and encourages professionals to identify actions they can take to help end the inequities and ongoing discrimination, and contribute to the thriving of Indigenous children and youth. After a screening of the film, panel members with professional experience in child welfare, post-secondary education and working with Indigenous people directly impacted by the child welfare system will describe how they use the film and learning guide in their practice, and participants will be invited to submit questions to contribute to the discussion. 

 

Participants: please download a copy of the learning guide prior to the webinar: 

●       Learning Guide for Professionals

https://fncaringsociety.com/sites/default/files/displaced_learning_guide_for_professionals_-_online.pdf

●       Link to film’s website:

http://www.kingcripproductions.com/displaced.html

 

Webinar Key Objectives: 

●       To gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare system 

●       To examine the role of the child welfare system in ongoing colonialism and assimilation, and learn how professionals working in system can become part of the solution

●       To introduce a learning guide for professionals working with Indigenous children and youth

●       To provide participants with ideas about how to use the film and learning guide in their own practice

(Dis)placed Learning Guide - Film Screening and Learning Guide Launch
Nov 24, 2020 1:00 am EST
Description

This webinar features a screening of the film (Dis)placed: Indigenous Youth and the Child Welfare System and a presentation related to the accompanying Learning Guide. The film features the voices of Indigenous youth as they reflect on their prior involvement with the child welfare system and their multiple strategies of resistance to assimilation. The Learning Guide provides the historical and contemporary contexts for the overwhelming number of Indigenous children in the child welfare system, and encourages professionals to identify actions they can take to help end the inequities and ongoing discrimination, and contribute to the thriving of Indigenous children and youth. After a screening of the film, panel members with professional experience in child welfare, post-secondary education and working with Indigenous people directly impacted by the child welfare system will describe how they use the film and learning guide in their practice, and participants will be invited to submit questions to contribute to the discussion. 

 

Participants: please download a copy of the learning guide prior to the webinar: 

●       Learning Guide for Professionals

https://fncaringsociety.com/files/displaced_learning_guide_for_professio...

●       Link to film’s website:

http://www.kingcripproductions.com/displaced.html

 

Webinar Key Objectives: 

●       To gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of Indigenous children and youth in the child welfare system 

●       To examine the role of the child welfare system in ongoing colonialism and assimilation, and learn how professionals working in system can become part of the solution

●       To introduce a learning guide for professionals working with Indigenous children and youth

●       To provide participants with ideas about how to use the film and learning guide in their own practice

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