2016 Annual Meeting and Education Day

May 31, 2016

Annual Meeting and Education Day Overview

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Annual Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Keynote Address

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions A

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions B


Minister’s Welcome

The Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services


President’s Report – Robert Thompson, MSW, RSW


Registrar’s Report – Lise Betteridge, MSW, RSW


Keynote Speaker – Lt.-Col. Suzanne Bailey, MSM, CD, MSW, RSW

Resilience & Well-Being

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Resilience & Well-Being
Mental Health Continuum

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session A – 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

A1 – Residential Schools of the 19th and 20th Centuries: Impacting the 21st Century…or Not?

Cheryle Partridge, MSW, RSW
This presentation will touch on one of the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action. It will address parts of Call to Action #63: “(ii) Sharing information and best practices on teaching curriculum related to residential schools and Aboriginal history; (iii) Building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.”

I will speak about the past, or the historical aspect; the present, or what is currently being done; and the future: Will the recommendations be implemented? This session will build awareness of the era of residential schools in Canada and what former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler labelled, “the single most harmful, disgraceful, and racist act in our history.”

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A1 – Residential Schools of the 19th and 20th Centuries: Impacting the 21st Century…or Not?

A2 – Weaving in the Web: Using Technology in Social Work and Social Service Work Practice

A2 – Weaving in the Web: Using Technology in Social Work and Social Service Work Practice

A3 – Promoting the Social Ecologies of Resilience Among LGBTQ Youth

Dr. Kenta Asakura, MSW, PhD, LICSW, RSW

Hostile social environments can have detrimental impacts on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) youth. Provided the profession’s commitment to social justice and person-in-environment perspectives, social workers are well-positioned to promote not only the internal capacity of LGBTQ youth but also the capacity of their social ecologies to better support them. This presentation suggests the relevance of a social ecological framework of resilience to social work practice with LGBTQ youth. Findings of this presenter’s recent empirical study, along with other relevant literature, are used to specify elements in applying this framework to working with LGBTQ youth. A youth case will be discussed to inform relevant interventions.

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A3 – Promoting the Social Ecologies of Resilience Among LGBTQ Youth

A4 – Family Caregiver Resilience and the Important Role of Palliative Care

Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW

As the Canadian population ages, and the number of individuals living with chronic illnesses increases, the likelihood that family caregiving responsibilities will be experienced by our clients will most certainly increase.  The physical and mental health implications of end-of-life caregiving are becoming better understood.  These are common challenges impacting the clients that social workers provide services to, across practice settings, hence, the concept of supporting caregiver resilience is an important one.

This presentation will examine the role and approach of palliative care in supporting caregiver resilience.   Implications for social work practice with family caregivers will be discussed.   Session attendees will learn about practical tools for identifying caregiver risk factors and ideas for helping families navigate the system of palliative care.

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A4 – Family Caregiver Resilience and the Important Role of Palliative Care


Session B – 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.” text_align=”left”]Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

B1 – The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice: A Tool to Guide and Assist You

Kathleen Lanoue, MSW, RSW and Jennifer Burt-Yanoff, MSW, RSW

The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice Handbook sets out the minimum standards of professional practice and conduct for all members of the College. This resource is meant to be applied to members’ practice in conjunction with any applicable legislation and with their professional judgment. When used accordingly, the standards of practice are an essential tool to help guide and assist members throughout their career. This presentation will include a general overview of the standards of practice, including common challenges, as well as information about other important College resources available to members.

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B1 – The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice: A Tool to Guide and Assist You

B2 – Resiliency in Practice: What is it and How Do We Build It Using a Strengths-Based Approach?

Megan Potestio, RSW

Feeling worn out or overwhelmed in your practice? Looking for ways to feel grounded again? You’re not alone. Many service providers face challenges or doubt their efficacy on the job.  Participants are invited to join Megan Potestio, BSW, RSW for an open and honest discussion about resiliency. Using a strengths-based approach, Megan will share her personal recovery journey and professional experiences to facilitate a rich discussion for service professionals to learn from each other. By the end of this session, participants will have explored a variety of tools designed to increase resiliency in their practice.

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B2 – Resiliency in Practice: What is it and How Do We Build It Using a Strengths-Based Approach?

B3 – HIV, Aging and Cognition: Implications for Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Andrew Eaton, MSW, RSW, Jocelyn Watchorn, RSSW and Robert Wallace, MSW, RSW

As the number of people living with HIV over the age of fifty in Ontario increases, social workers and social service workers need to adapt to meet people’s changing needs. Using the results of a participatory mixed-methods research study of people living with HIV who are concerned about their cognitive health in Ontario, we will discuss how our professions can enhance the facilitators and minimize the barriers of service access for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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B3 – HIV, Aging and Cognition: Implications for Social Workers and Social Service Workers

B4 – In Our Own Words: Writing about Practice

Karen Gold, MSW, RSW

The professional lives of social workers and social service workers are saturated with stories. This workshop will provide an overview of the often-ignored “storytelling voice” in professional practice and the role of narrative in capturing the richness and messiness of day-to-day practice. Using stories and poetry by practitioners as a springboard for reflection and discussion, we will explore writing as a versatile tool for self-awareness, advocacy and resiliency. Participants will come away with an appreciation of the emerging field of narrative studies and strategies to enrich their personal and professional lives through reflective writing.

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B4 – In Our Own Words: Writing about Practice