Annual Meeting and Education Day Livestream Agenda

9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Annual Meeting

11 a.m. – noon
Keynote Address

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout Sessions A

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Breakout Sessions B


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Keynote Address

Culture and Risk Indicators of Human Trafficking as they Relate to Children and Youth

Casandra Diamond

In her keynote address, Casandra will draw on her own lived experience and current role to discuss indicators of human trafficking as they relate to children and youth. Casandra will share how having a better understanding of the unique subculture of the sex trade will assist social workers and social service workers in recognizing human trafficking situations and allow them to be more effective in their own practice.


Breakout Sessions

Session A

Risk Assessment, Risk Management and Safety Planning for Children Living with Domestic Violence: A Critical Role for Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Marcie Campbell, Laura Olszowy and Mike Saxton

This presentation highlights findings from the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative with Vulnerable Populations (CDHPIVP), a five-year research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), that focuses on identifying more nuanced strategies to reduce risk of domestic homicide and increase safety for vulnerable populations. Specifically, this presentation will centre around domestic violence (DV) risk assessment, risk management, and safety planning with children living with DV.

The presentation will provide an overview of a systematic, large-scale literature review; responses from professionals captured in an online national survey regarding the prevalence and nature of risk assessment, risk management and safety planning that includes children; and major themes from interviews with social workers and other key stakeholders across the province. While child homicides in the context of DV are rare events, intervening and preventing these tragedies requires specific knowledge of risk assessment, safety planning and risk management strategies. This presentation will highlight the promising practices to assess risk for children, address barriers to service, and enhance partnerships with community agencies.

Session B

Breaking Down Barriers: The Role of Social Work and Social Service Work in the Context of Complex Illness, Uncertainty and Grief

C. Elizabeth Dougherty, MSW, RSW

Serious illness, dying and grief remain taboo in society, yet the diagnosis of a serious illness has a profound impact on an individual and their loved ones, and often results in feelings of uncertainty, isolation and grief.

This presentation will explore the role of social work and social service work in providing compassionate care for individuals and families of all ages following the diagnosis of a complex illness, at end of life and into bereavement. Elizabeth will speak to the roles of social work and social service work in providing education to demystify these issues and further advocate to break down barriers while promoting greater access to support, within our own practice and within our communities.