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Race, Health and COVID-19
May 28, 2020 3:00 pm EDT

The key objective is to deepen participants’ understanding of the impact COVID-19 is having on African Canadians. Senator Bernard aims to inspire participants to explore intersectionality and race equity in policy analysis and beyond. 


Decolonizing Journeys
May 27, 2020 2:00 pm EDT

Webinar Key Objectives

To present an overview the process of decolonizing through Indigegogy.

Highlight milestones of the decolonizing journey for Indigenous and non-Indigenous social work practitioners and educators.

Begin to introduce participants to knowledge(s) or knowledge sets within a decolonizing journey. 

To foster curiosity and desire to engage in participants own decolonizing journeys.


Webinar Summary: 

This seminar offers an opportunity for participants to get an overview of what it means to engage in their own decolonizing journey. It is a step in understanding why decolonizing must be part of social work practitioners’ and educators’ response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's (TRC) calls for action and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. 

In this session, participants will begin to explore how decolonizing will influence their social work practice.  


Keeping survivors safe & healthy: VAW shelters’ responses to COVID-19
May 15, 2020 1:30 pm EDT

This webinar will explore how VAW shelters and transition houses are adapting their services during COVID-19 so they can continue to offer safety and support to women experiencing domestic violence. After providing some context on the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence and the VAW shelter sector, the webinar will focus on three of the ways VAW shelters are adapting their services to keep survivors both safe and healthy. Specifically, the webinar will look at the use of alternative locations for sheltering; supporting survivors within the shelter; and expanding the ways women can receive support from shelters. For each of these topics, Leah will examine some of the benefits and challenges, and share specific resources and examples.

Webinar Key Objectives:

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence & VAW shelters

Exploring three of the ways VAW shelters are responding to COVID-19 (alternative locations for sheltering, supporting survivors within the shelter, and expanding ways women can receive support)

Sharing resources and examples related to the topic that can be of use to those working in shelters


Social Work and Interprofessional Collaboration: Challenges and Advantages
May 14, 2020 11:00 am EDT

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.

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 Myths of Trust: Repairing and Restoring Trust
May 13, 2020 1:30 pm EDT

Join the CASW and our webinar presenter Kate to dive in to building trusting relationships in your practice!

What are some key topics this webinar will highlight?

  • Positive Assumptions we make about ourselves as practitioners? about our clients?
  • How do we define our clients? Noun or verb? Or other?
  • Trust : Intact or Broken? 100% in tact? or is it broken (how much?) and in the need of mending?
  • The Myths of Trust
  • TEARS = Totally Expected Attitudes and Reaction that Soothes (Making Room for Pain - What is your role as a practitioner?)  
  • The “STAR” approach: Sustaining Trust and Respect  - the Talk and Walk  approach
  • The “Peace Pizza” - leads to repair of trust
Opening the Doors to Children and Youth: Using the new Global Framework for Reopening Schools in Child and Youth Serving Spaces
May 13, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every aspect of childhood, from education to protection. Schools were closed in more than 190 countries, affecting more than 1.5 billion learners. At the same time, children in lockdown have been cut off from other community places and people that support their health, development and well-being. Together, these spaces play a crucial role not only in children’s learning, but also in protecting their well-being and safety. As such, it’s important that they reopen as soon as the public health imperative allows. 


To facilitate the decision-making process around how schools and other child and youth serving spaces might safely reopen, Lisa Bender, UNICEF global expert on Education in Emergencies, will share the new Framework for Reopening Schools, jointly developed by UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO, the World Food Programme and the World Bank. This Framework is designed to be a flexible tool that can be adapted to community and jurisdictional contexts. We trust it will serve as a guiding tool in your planning or advocacy with governments in opening safe spaces for children, based on a robust assessment of the benefits and risks, and guided always by the best interest of the child. Our aim is to reopen better, healthier, safer child and youth serving spaces, enabling children to learn and recover from the crisis.


Specific learning objectives for this presentation are:

1.    To restore and enhance the protective environment for children and youth during the COVID-19 pandemic;

2.    To provide a framework for planning and deciding on how to open safe spaces for children and youth, considering the new Framework for Reopening Schools for other children’s services and programs;

3.    To support consideration of the best interests of children and youth in pandemic plans and strategies.

Telehealth & Social Work Practice: Same ethical practice – different locations
May 8, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

This is a very stressful and challenging time across NS for Social Workers quickly learning to develop means of maintaining contact and therapeutic relationships with their clients during COVID 19.  As discussed, a proposal to provide education to the members on quickly transitioning to virtual client care.




Social Workers are needing to make rapid changes to their Social Work Practice to adapt to the COVID 19 Pandemic.  Heidi Sturgeon, a RSW in NS, has been practicing Online Therapy for the past 4 years. During this presentation she will share information to help transition to Online Practice - considering confidentiality and ethical and legal aspects of Practice. Participants will learn what privacy laws to be aware of, what types of software, hardware and paperwork they will need to consider as well as lessons learned from her own practice.


Topics to be discussed:

  • Video Options for meeting with clients 
  • Home office set up to see clients online
  • Practice Management
  • Emergency Planning
  • Virtual Social Work Practice Tips – lessons learned 
Mindfulness and Compassion Practice for Turbulent Times - April 28th
Apr 28, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

The integrity of offering mindfulness practice to our clients rests in our own practice of mindfulness. Come together as a community to be nourished and supported in period of guided meditation focused on stabilizing the mind/heart/body - evoking our inherent and sustainable loving kindness, compassion, and wisdom.

Learning from the experiences of Indigenous children in care: When placement disruption results in multiple school changes
Apr 21, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

During this training session, participants will review the research findings from Landy’s master’s work, a 2019 Ontario study of 15 Indigenous young people who shared their experiences of multiple school changes while in care. Importantly, the youth research participants provide a framework for how to properly support children in care to start a new school. The study examines the rewards and challenges of starting a new school; ways children prepare for a new school; strategies they use to adjust to a new school; and ways the child welfare and education systems can alleviate the impact of multiple school changes. Participants will review existing research on certain aspects related to children in care such as educational outcomes, the impact of placement disruption, special needs and enhanced academic supports, foster parent support, the importance of having friendships, and the value of extra-curricular activities. Research on Indigenous youth and students that encompasses their experiences, educational outcomes, increased risk of bullying, and culture as a protective factor will also be explored. Finally, research on the importance of students experiencing a sense of belonging at school will be discussed. 


Specific learning objectives for this presentation are to:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the impact of placement disruption on the educational experiences of Indigenous children in care;
  2. Become familiar with research related to children in care and Indigenous children/youth;
  3. Be able to identify risk factors for children in care who start a new school; 
  4. Recognize the adjustment indicators of how well children in care are adapting to their new school; and
  5. Learn strategies to minimize the negative aspects of placement disruption on the educational experiences of children in care. 
Protecting children from abuse in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr 17, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

The Canadian Association of Social Workers welcomes a webinar co-hosted with Children First Canada, Child Welfare League of Canada and Pediatrician, Associate Professor and Journalist, Dr. Michelle Ward to present a webinar titled: Protecting children from abuse in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this time we are committed in bringing together the voices of everyone working to keep Canada's kids safe.