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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
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

Assessing Danger in Abusive Relationships: An Overview of Intimate Partner Violence and Risk Factors for Lethality
Nov 14, 2019 1:00 pm EST

November is Domestic Violence Prevention Month in Canada. In that vein, this webinar will give an overview of domestic or intimate partner violence and the different forms in which it is manifested, particularly among male-female relationships.  It will highlight the pervasiveness of a specific kind of domestic violence, namely the pattern of control and power over another person, and its impacts on its victims. Finally, it will examine risk factors that can be used to identify potentially lethal situations, in an effort to prevent domestic homicides, the ultimate impact of an abusive relationship. Safety planning will be emphasized as a method of working with clients in abusive relationships.  

Webinar Key Objectives:

  • To build knowledge of the pervasiveness of domestic violence
  • To explore risk factors for lethality within abusive relationships
  • To highlight a risk assessment tool for practitioners in the domestic violence sector which can be used to build competence and used in practice after further training
  • To emphasize the need for safety planning with victims in abusive relationships


A Space for Race
Nov 5, 2019 11:00 am EST

This webinar will focus on one or two concepts (TBD) from A Space for Race, a new book from Canadian scholars that engages in a critical examination of some of the major discourses related to original/settler/immigrant and, particularly, racialized belonging. In the course of this examination, the book explores the various themes of racism, multiculturalism, and post-colonialism and the ongoing tensions, challenges, and inconsistencies around race relations embedded within policy and practice in Canada. It traces the history of race relations and ensuing tensions from encounter to modern day and offers a broad, yet nuanced historical sketch of Indigenous and racialized ethnic groups that make up the Canadian landscape. The text also offers rich case examples to draw the reader's attention to the lived experiences of the "Other." As a whole, it engages with history in a particular way that challenges the historical records that has informed our imaginings.

Corrective Justice needs more social work: Mental help for the incarcerated
Oct 15, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

For justice to be corrective in the correctional system there is an absolute and dire need for more social workers to be working in the system and for the code of ethics of social work to guide the functional process. Without more social work involvement within our institutions that postulate corrective change we in Canada are lying to ourselves that we are doing anything more than perpetuating oppression and totally failing the most vulnerable of our citizens.  

This webinar looks at the role of social work within corrections and in extension with the demographic as they come in and out of our revolving doored corrective system for minor offences, breaches, addiction, poverty and mental health related issues.    

Key objectives:

  • Providing information about the population and corrections from a social work/mental health perspective
  • Providing justification for the absolute need for increased social work within corrections
  • Providing tools on how to support the incarcerated population
  • Looking at shifts in the politic landscape that could impact corrections
  • Examining trends around the world with correctional programming
  • Examining how correctional social work challenges social workers code of ethics and standards of practice
  • Examining what we social workers can do at a micro/macro level to make the system more just and therapeutic
Doing better for LGBTQ2+ communities in health and social services
Oct 9, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

20-40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ2+. 70% of trans youth have experienced sexual harassment. More than one-third of trans youth ages 14-18 have been physically threatened or injured in the past year. LGBTQ2+ individuals experience significantly higher rates of mental health problems and substance use issues than their heterosexual and cisgender peers. Despite greater health and social service needs, LGBTQ2+ communities are less likely to access health services – and all too likely to have negative experiences when they do.  This presentation will bring together the results of Wisdom2Action’s recent report on LGBTQ2+ youth and Gender-Based Violence alongside the expertise of our affiliates in LGBTQ2+ inclusion in health and social services to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the experiences of LGBTQ2+ young people, and practical tips and tricks for improving LGBTQ2+ inclusion in your practice and workplace. LGBTQ2+ inclusion is about more than a rainbow sticker. True inclusion requires a fulsome commitment to organizational culture change to embed LGBTQ2+ inclusion as a core principle and practice at all levels.

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are to:

  1. Understand how the health and well-being of LGBTQ2+ young people is shaped by systemic discrimination, homophobia, transphobia and gender-based violence.
  2. Become familiar with LGBTQ2+ terminology and the cultural context of gender, sex and sexuality.
  3. Develop strategies for bringing LGBTQ2+ inclusion into your organization.
  4. Learn about practical tips and tricks for embedding LGBTQ2+ inclusion in your practice.
Circles for Reconciliation
Sep 30, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

Circles for Reconciliation is a non-profit, grassroots community project that seeks to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. The goal is to create new relationships that are based on “mutual recognition, mutual respect, sharing and mutual responsibility” (TRC).  This session will introduce participants to a meaningful way of addressing the challenge of reconciliation and moving forward on the path to healing through common dialogue to further understand the work arising from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

“The Commission defines reconciliation as an ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships.” (TRC Final Report, p.16)


Webinar Key Objectives:


  • To highlight a meaningful and practical step to reconciliation for practitioners, organizations and communities
  • To promote mutually respectful relationships as the base of reconciliation
  • Circles for Reconciliation Project will be described, including how the project began and why it has been successful


Working with Challenging Trauma: Helping Clients to Open Up
Sep 23, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

When people live through interpersonal trauma, there is a tendency for many to stay silent about their experiences. Reasons can include loyalty to close others, or the wish to keep family secrets. As a means of protecting others and themselves from the pain of traumatic experiences, many rely on a variety of coping strategies to neutralize or cut off painful memories. For example, some may rationalize away traumatic events, use intellectualization as a defense, or dissociate and keep trauma-related feelings at bay. But silence about the painful past is both emotionally costly, and ultimately unsustainable. How can clinicians help these clients feel safe enough to start opening up about their traumatic histories?    

In this presentation, trauma expert Robert T. Muller, PhD, will look at the process of helping challenging trauma clients open up in a safe, measured way. Through the lens of attachment theory, using a relational, integrative approach, Dr. Muller draws on theory and uses case examples and segments from his own treatment sessions. This web conference focuses on clinical skills that are directly applicable in a therapy practice.

Key Learnings:  This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Create safety in the therapeutic relationship early on
  2. Recognize client ambivalence about their trauma stories
  3. Describe how to help people in therapy pace the process of opening up.
  4. Recognize therapist feelings in the treatment (e.g., the wish to rush into  trauma work, or the wish to avoid it).
Pathways to Resilience: Nine Ways Families, Schools, and Communities Nurture a Child’s Well-being
Sep 17, 2019 1:00 pm EDT

Resilience is much more than an individual child’s capacity to overcome adversity. It is also the result of how well children, their families and communities work together to help vulnerable young people navigate their way to the resources they need for wellbeing, and whether those resources are made available in ways young people experience as culturally and contextually meaningful. In this presentation, Dr. Michael Ungar will use examples from his clinical practice and research collaborations on six continents to explore the nature of children’s resilience. His work challenges us to think about resilience as something nurtured rather than something innate. In this story-filled presentation, Dr. Ungar will provide nine practical strategies parents, caregivers and educators need to help children heal, no matter a child’s emotional, psychological or behavioral problems. Based on material from his two most recent books, Change Your World: The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success, and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need From Their Parents, as well as case examples from his clinical practice and his research, Dr. Ungar will share what caregivers and educators have taught him about why a supportive environment is essential to improving young people’s resilience. 

Specific learning objectives for this presentation are:
1.    To understand how individuals and families with complex needs use “problem” behaviours to enhance their resilience and wellbeing when more socially acceptable solutions are not available;
2.    To become familiar with how to assess resilience;
3.    To learn about nine resilience-promoting resources necessary for positive child development;
4.    To develop strategies for working without resistance with hard-to-reach, culturally diverse children, adolescents, and their families;
5.    To discuss ways services can be structured for children, youth and families that make resilience more likely to occur.