The 2016 Educational Forums were held in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, October 4th, Dryden on Wednesday, October 5th and Windsor on Thursday, October 27th.

Thunder Bay


When: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Where: Valhalla Inn
1 Valhalla Inn Rd.
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 6J1



When: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Time: 11:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Where: Best Western Plus Hotel & Conference Centre
349 Government St.
Dryden, ON P8N 3L3



11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Buffet lunch/networking
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. OCSWSSW Update
1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Keynote address and Q&A with Lt.-Col. Suzanne Bailey
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Wrap-up and comments



Resilience and Well-Being
Lt.-Col. Suzanne Bailey, MSM, CD, MSW, RSW

The professions of social work and social service work can be extremely rewarding, and at the same time extremely demanding of our personal resources.  When we studied to obtain our professional credentials we learned about the theories and intervention modalities to respond to the needs of our clients, but many of us did not spend any time contemplating the impact that our profession might have on each of us.  Building on the lessons learned over a decade of developing and implementing a resilience program for the Canadian Armed Forces, Suzanne will discuss simple strategies we can employ to build resilience in ourselves, our clients, and our environments.

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Lt.-Col. Suzanne Bailey, MSM, CD, MSW, RSW

Lieutenant Colonel Suzanne Bailey joined the Canadian Forces in 1986, graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1990, and worked as a Military Police Officer for a few years. In 1994 she transferred to the Social Work occupation and completed her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Toronto in 1996.

After a decade of clinical work, Lt.-Col. Bailey was posted to CF Health Services Group HQ in 2005 and since 2008 has been involved in the standardization of CF Mental Health and Leadership curriculum through the Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) program.  She was promoted to her current rank in 2011 and appointed Military Occupation Advisor and National Practice Leader for Social Work in the CAF.



When: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where:   The Caboto Club
2175 Parent Ave
Windsor, ON N8X 4K2




12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Buffet lunch/networking
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.   OCSWSSW Update
1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Break
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Keynote address and Q&A with Susan Blacker
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up and comments


Understanding the Role of Palliative Care: What Social Workers and Social Service Workers Need to Know
Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW

As the Canadian population ages, and the number of individuals living with chronic illnesses increases, all social workers and social service workers, regardless of their practice settings, will encounter clients facing situations involving life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief, and bereavement.  As a result of these trends, we can anticipate that the family caregiving responsibilities experienced by our clients will most certainly increase.  Given our growing understanding of the physical and mental health implications of family caregiving in the content of life-limiting illness, the importance of palliative care will become amplified.

This presentation will examine what social workers and social services workers need know about the palliative care approach, with a focus on supporting family caregivers.  Session attendees will learn more about helping families navigate the system of palliative care and practical tools for identifying caregiver risk factors.

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Understanding the Role of Palliative Care: What Social Workers and Social Service Workers Need to Know

Susan Blacker, MSW, RSW

Susan Blacker has been a recognized leader within the field of social work in palliative care for more than 18 years.  Her experience includes clinical care, teaching and program development. She has participated in a number of regional and national palliative care projects in both Canada and the United States over the past decade, including being a founding board member of the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network.  Her interests include interprofessional education and development of palliative care programs in the acute care setting.