Annual Meeting and Education Day Agenda
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. – noon
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions A
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions B
Reconciliation and Social Work and Social Service Work Practice
Jeffrey Ansloos, PhD
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada helped put a spotlight on the ugly history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system. In his keynote address, Indigenous rights scholar Jeffrey Ansloos will draw upon his extensive experience in the community, clinical and social policy settings to discuss the work of the TRC and how members of the College can take up the TRC’s calls to action for reconciliation. Jeffrey will explore how social workers and social service workers can integrate and apply their knowledge in relation to those calls to action.
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session A – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
A1 – From “Living to Die” to “Dying to Live”
Yvonne Bergmans, MSW, RSW, PhD
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a formulation of understanding suicidality from “living to die” to “dying to live,” with a focus on understanding and responding to recurrent suicide attempts. Intervention strategies commensurate with the fluidity of phases and dealing with one’s own fears and concerns will be discussed, based on Dr. Yvonne Bergmans’ clinical work, which includes social work psychotherapy, risk assessment and consultations for people at risk for suicide throughout the Mental Health Department at St. Michael’s.
A2 – Learning from the Kaswenta: Contemporary Social Work/Social Service Work, Indigenous Sovereignty and the Therapeutic Alliance
Emily Claire Blackmoon, MSW, RSW
The Kaswenta, or Two Row Wampum, is a 1613 treaty agreement between the Haudenosaunee and the Dutch settlers of New York State. How can the Kaswenta, with its teachings on self-determination and “separate but equal” alliances between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, teach contemporary social work and social service work practice? How does this apply to therapy? Using the guiding teachings of the Kaswenta, this workshop seeks to support social workers and social service workers in deepening their understanding of allyship, ethics and advocacy when working in support of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
A3 – Social Work at the Public Library
Rahma Hashi, MSW, RSW
Public libraries provide important social and community spaces that promote the inclusion and well-being of everyone. By collaborating with social services, libraries are building partnerships with their communities in innovative ways. This session explores the link between social work and librarianship in the Toronto Public Library (TPL) system. Best practices on how to serve vulnerable persons and respond to their unique information and service needs is presented. It is through such alliances that public libraries can become responsive and relevant to the changing needs of their communities.
A4 – Love in the Time of the Opioid Crisis – Humanizing Addiction and Dismantling Stigma
What if shame and stigma could be eliminated? What if you could replace them with empathy and compassion? How many lives could you save? Sarah Keast, the widow of a social worker who died of an accidental overdose, is a writer, public speaker and activist. She humanizes addiction by painting a full and complete picture of what addiction in families looks like and how it impacts daily life. Sarah will share powerful tools that each one of us can adopt in order to dismantle stigma, cultivate compassion and ultimately save lives.
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Session B – 2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
B1 – Human Trafficking in Our Communities
Shelley Gilbert, BSW, RSW
This session will explore the elements of human trafficking and how recruitment, coercion and exploitation interconnect to perpetrate the crime of human trafficking. Case studies will be utilized to assist participants in identifying root causes and preventative strategies. As different sectors often attribute “types or labels” to human trafficking, the session will explore this need as well as the similarities and differences in providing supports to various populations such as international and domestic survivors, Indigenous communities, men and women, youth and LGBTQ2S communities.
B2 – Anti-Oppressive Practice as a Transformational Tool
Donna Hinds, MSW, RSW, RSSW
How can we situate anti-oppressive practice as a transformational tool within the contexts of our everyday practice relationships as social workers and social service workers? Professor Donna Hinds will clarify anti-oppressive practice within the context of the presentation and link it to the transformational leadership approach. Donna will examine key themes, including anti-oppressive practice as a navigating tool; anti-oppressive practice and the self; the reframing of the mind; social work ethics, insight, and anti-oppressive practice as a transformational paradigm; and our professional responsibilities as social workers and social service workers.
B3 – Why Health Equity Matters in Child and Family-Centred Care
Robyn Lippett, MSW, RSW & Karen Sappleton, MSEd, MSW, RSW
How do we ensure providers are practising with an anti-oppressive practice lens and are properly equipped to work with people who are not like themselves? We know that quality health care and social services to any marginalized population involves ensuring that providers feel equipped and knowledgeable. Organizations must also have equitable practices, policies and procedures that are accommodating and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations. Join Robyn and Karen, who will share their experiences, perspectives and thoughts on how social justice and equity shape the work they do at SickKids.
B4 – #socialwork: Informal Use of Information and Communication Technology in Social Work and Social Service Work Practice
Faye Mishna, MSW, RSW, PhD
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have transformed “helping professions” yet, despite the ubiquity of ICTs, there are significant knowledge gaps regarding informal ICT use in social work, social service work and other fields. Many practitioners are unaware of ICT workplace policies and do not talk with peers or supervisors about their informal ICT use. Join Professor Faye Mishna, whose scholarly publications have recently focused on cybertechnology in social work clinical practice, for an exploration of informal ICT use among social workers and social service workers, and its impact on working relationships.