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Animal Assisted Interventions: Partnering with animals in practice
Mar 17, 2020 11:30 am EDT

Our experience and intuition inform us that animals are integral to human health and quality of life. Professional Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) demonstrate how the human-animal bond can create lasting social, emotional, cognitive, physical, spiritual and psychological changes. Developing both effective and ethical approaches to the Human Animal Interaction is extremely important when working with a client or clients and animal partners in practice. 

In this webinar, you will be introduced to the components of the human animal bond, develop an understanding of the categories of individuals who may benefit from AAI services, and look at some of the theories relating to AAI. You will also be introduced to appropriate animal partners as well as the knowledge of basic ethical issues, concerns and standards surrounding animals working in therapeutic settings. Finally, you will be introduced to globally recognized standards of care and knowledge of emerging best practices in the field of AAI.

Many types of losses: Understanding and treating the complexities of transitional loss and loss through death
Mar 9, 2020 11:30 am EDT

Grief and loss can be a challenging treatment area. Understanding the difference between significant but normal distress and the diagnostic labels of depression and complicated grief can be complex. Likewise, coping with major life transitions can be devastating and result in depression and grief.

This webinar aims to help social workers in any area of practice address the clinical distinctions between depression, normative grief, and complicated grief and understand how other transitional losses might contribute to low mood. Upon conclusion the Attendee should be able to:

  1. Feel confident in determining if their client is exhibiting symptoms of depression, and/or normative grief or complicated grief.
  2. Recognize the impact of transitional losses such as relationship loss, addiction, retirement, and chronic health issues on the client’s resilience and ability to cope.
  3. Have a greater understanding of treatment considerations and therapeutic approaches in dealing with these challenging issues.
Protecting children by strengthening and empowering newcomer communities
Mar 4, 2020 2:00 pm EST

Many service providers, including child welfare agencies, face challenges in addressing and responding to child protection concerns in newcomer and immigrant communities. The current model of child protection services in North America is dominated by individualistic social norms. Many minority-status ethno-cultural groups in North America share more collectivist traditions.

Developing more effective and culturally meaningful intervention strategies for identifying and responding to child protection concerns in diverse populations will keep children safe and preserve families. This requires building mutual understanding and trust between the child welfare system and many other communities, especially those who are racialized and marginalized, and this necessitates working together to develop culturally meaningful child protection strategies that are child-focused and family and community-friendly.

This presentation aims to share lessons learned from MRCSSI’s model of collaboration with the Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex, which led to a dramatic reduction of Muslim children in care. This was achieved by working together to use the Culturally Integrative Family Safety Response approach, which provides space for MRCSSI as a culturally-based community organization to be part of the intervention plan.

The main questions that will be addressed in this presentation are:

  1. What are the challenges mainstream service providers face in responding to child protection concerns in newcomer communities?
  2. What are the limitations of current strategies and approaches that child protection services use to respond to these challenges and address this gap?
  3. How does MRCSSI address and respond to these challenges?
Beyond ‘good’ versus ‘bad’: understanding racism as more than hate crimes
Mar 1, 2020 1:30 pm EST

Amid the rise of overt and violent White supremacy, the issue of racism is increasingly framed within the binary of 'good' versus 'bad' - i.e. 'racist’ versus the 'rest of us'. This webinar uses the example of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network to challenge this binary, demonstrating how 'hate' emerges from the same discursive paradigm organizing all of society – indeed, even those very elements dedicated to eliminating hate. Specifically, it describes how this group’s hypocritical labelling of ‘hate’ reflects and reproduces the Islamophobic myth that Muslims are particularly and violently ‘hateful’.

Indeed, in Canada and the US, a person is statistically more likely to be killed for being Muslim than by a Muslim 'terrorist'. That, despite this, Muslims can still safely occupy the status of 'threat' in the public imagination is evidence of this myth's effectiveness in invisibilizing and legitimizing the hate directed against Muslims.

Ultimately, this webinar hopes to demonstrate how, in order to honestly engage with racism, we must move beyond the logic of ‘hate’ that safely situates ourselves outside of it – as social workers in the profession of care; and as people who self-identify as anti-racist. Instead, we need analysis and action that implicates us in the very problem we’re trying to address.

This webinar will also introduce the ‘Islamophobia is..’ project – a new anti-racism educational tool that describes the operation of normalized Islamophobia in the Canadian context through short animated videos.

Webinar Objectives 

- Understand the operation of Islamophobia and other forms of racism beyond interpersonal incidents, finding evidence of its circulation within mainstream media, state institutions, and ‘respectable’ society

- Recognize the discursive continuities between overt expressions of racial violence and the normalized varieties

- Identify the role of racial myths in propelling – invisibilizing and legitimizing – racial activities and outcomes

- Appreciate the limitations of a ‘hate crimes’ approach to understanding and addressing racism, for the way it nurtures a simplistic ‘racist’ versus ‘non-racist’ binary

- Situate ourselves – as social workers and anti-racists - within normalized racism

- Introduce the ‘Islamophobia is..’ series as a new anti-racism educational tool

What are Children’s Rights? An exploration of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Feb 27, 2020 12:00 pm EST
Engaging Indigenous Youth
Feb 26, 2020 2:00 pm EST

Increasingly, Indigenous youth are being called on to serve on Boards of Directors, act as advisors, deliver keynote addresses and/or participate in events. We’re excited about these developments and want to help organizations engaging Indigenous youth to think through how they will support them in this work and contribute to their overall well-being.



Specific learning objectives for this presentation are to:


1.    Become familiar with the supports that you can put into place for Indigenous youth when you invite them to provide advice, share experiences or participate in events.


2.    Discuss how to work creatively and respectfully with Indigenous youth leaders and organizations so that young leaders are supported both before and after your event or engagement.

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
Bill C-92 An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, From Compliance to Connection
Feb 10, 2020 1:00 am EST

Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services [CFS].

The Act is the first statute to recognize inherent Indigenous jurisdiction over CFS as an Aboriginal (S. 35) right in Canada. In addition, as called for in the TRC Final Report, the statute establishes national minimal standards for CFS delivery for all Indigenous children and families. This includes First Nation, ‘non-status,’ Métis, and Inuit children, living on or off reserve.

Despite the law being in force January 1, 2020, there has been very little education for social workers and service providers. Wahkohtowin Lodge has created a compliance guide along with some helpful hints to support you in connecting with Indigenous children, families and communities.

Learn how to build on your current strengths and wisdoms to achieve the best interest of the Indigenous child.  

Arts-Based Mindfulness I - Methods for Personal and Professional Benefits
Jan 22, 2020 10:45 am 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