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Women & Harm Reduction: Building our Collective Capacity
Jun 1, 2021 1:30 pm EDT

Care work, including social work, has a long history of approaching drug use from an abstinence-based perspective; however, as the overdose crisis continues to grow, it is critical for us to collectively work to reduce shame, stigma, and judgment about drug use. This webinar will provide an overview of harm reduction, and some practical strategies to integrate into day-to-day practice, including a gendered perspective.  It will also provide an overview of WHAI's Women and Harm Reduction in Ontario: A Capacity Building Toolkit.    

Webinar Objectives
1) To provide an overview of harm reduction: what it is and is not, and why shifting our collective approach to a harm reduction-based approach is beneficial 
2) To build awareness about why people use drugs, from a trauma-informed and evidence-based perspective 
3) To provide practical tips on how to integrate a harm reduction approach into day-to-day practice, drawing on WHAI's Women & Harm Reduction Toolkit

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Wanted: Moral Courage in Social Work
May 26, 2021 10:00 am EDT

The seminar is an opportunity for social workers to gain knowledge of Dr. Blackstock’s social work practice, the lessons she has learned, and how we can make a difference in Saskatchewan.

The seminar will consist of a short introduction, a presentation by Dr. Blackstock, followed by a question and answer period.

Webinar Objectives 

  • To hear Dr.Blackstock’s presention on the Social Work profession and Indigenous peoples. 
  • To engage in discussion with Dr. Blackstock about the representation of the social work profession regarding Indigenous children.
  • To examine social work practices needed to strengthen connections with Indigenous communities.  
The Ethics of Burnout
May 19, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

This presentation will provide an overview of the research related to compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma, and how it impacts social workers. Participants will learn to identify the ethical implications of a lack of attention to this pervasive issue, and will learn about several techniques and strategies to address this problem.

Webinar Objectives 
Attendees will learn how to identify compassion fatigue and burnout. Attendees will learn about different assessment tools to assess burnout. Attendees will also learn a social work, strengths-based approach to address the experience of burnout. Attendees will be able to explain the ethical implications and risks of burnout and compassion fatigue on social workers.

Spirituality and Social Work
May 18, 2021 11:00 am EDT

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.

Webinar Objectives 
• 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
Apr 27, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

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.  

Webinar Objectives 

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
Apr 6, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

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. 

Webinar Objectives 

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

Social Work is Essential
Mar 30, 2021 11:00 am EDT

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.  
Webinar Objectives: 
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. 

Assessing and treating clients with complex clinical needs from within a Four Directions Holistic Framework.
Mar 25, 2021 11:30 am EDT

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.
Child and family poverty; What we need to end this epidemic during and beyond the pandemic
Mar 24, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

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

Panel Discussion: Anti-Racism and Social Work - Moving from Awareness to Action
Mar 23, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

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