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Online Field Instruction Course Project

April, 2018. A working group is in the process of developing an online Field Instructor’s course. This project began in 2014, when the Field Education Committee (FEC) received a grant from the CASWE-ACFTS Special Projects’ fund to research and design a national online field instructors’ course. Dr. Sheri McConnell, the field education coordinator at the Memorial University School of Social Work, conducted the background research for the project and met …Read More

Social Work Month

I have recently returned from the Social Work Hospice Palliative Network (SWPHN) annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts. (Check it out at www.swhpn.org; it needs a larger Canadian presence.) I have been on their board for a number of years now. I was invited to be part of the opening keynote about pediatric palliative care and presented a research poster along with a team member. It was an excellent conference with lots of good discussions about the role of social work in hospice and palliative care.

It was interesting to be there on the heels of another presentation in which I was involved. I was asked to be part of a panel on death and dying, which was put together as part of an advanced training session for field instructors. One of the panel members was highly critical of how little training social workers receive about death, dying, grief, and loss. In Canada, only a few schools offer courses in this topic area. The United States programs have a little more content, however, it is far more common that people learn on the job or out of personal interest.

I have been doing research in death, dying, and bereavement for all my academic life, and as such, I bring the conversation into the classroom as much as I can. One of my favourite teaching moments occurred in a groupwork classroom where we were role modelling endings. One student knew where I was headed in my comments and urged me not to use the “d word”.Read More

Engaging and Inspiring International Keynote Speakers at CASWE-ACFTS Conference

March, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Dr. Renée Brassard and Mrs. Pamela Pezoa as our Keynote Speakers. Renée Brassard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Université Laval, as well as a researcher at the International Center for Comparative Criminology of Université de Montréal and at The Interdisciplinary Research Center on Family Violence and Violence against Women (CRI-VIFF). Dr. Brassard is specialized in the …Read More

The Three Pillars of Social Work Celebrate National Social Work Month

March, 2018. The Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators (CCSWR),  The Canadian Association for Social Work Education – L’Association canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) and  The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)  have chosen the theme Bringing Change to Life to open space for the social work profession to reflect and act on reconciliation. Read More.

President and Executive Director Visit to Quebec Schools

September, 2017. At the Annual General Meeting on May 31, 2017 the Board of Directors (BOD) identified the importance of supporting and engaging with the Quebec schools of social work. As part of this commitment, Association President, Susan Cadell, and  Executive Director, Alexandra Wright, visited four Quebec schools during the week of September 24-29 with more visits planned for November. During these visits, the President and the Executive Director had …Read More

Happy Fall Term!

This is the Association’s first foray into the blogosphere and I am hoping that, during the course of the year, I will be able to share some ideas and stories with you. September is the month that university classes begin anew… and where did it go?

What an interesting month it was, as fast as it went. For me September involved many visits to university campuses: my own, of course, but also several others. On the personal front, I got to experience first orientation with our youngest who is the first of three children to go away to university. Professionally, I am privileged to have had the opportunity to visit numerous other campuses throughout the month, including campuses in Québec. I grew up in a university town and I have always appreciated that back-to-school feeling that I experienced in all of them. One newer aspect that I have been enjoying is noticing how many places are now acknowledging the territory on which they are situated.Read More

Media Release: Board of Directors Endorses a Statement of Complicity and Commits to Change

The Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS has committed to ensuring that social work education in Canada contributes to transforming Canada’s colonial reality* Ottawa. June 26th, 2017. At the May 27th, 2017 Board meeting, the Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS committed to ensuring that social work education in Canada contributes to transforming Canada’s colonial reality and approved a “Statement of Complicity and Commitment to Change”. “This is an important step in …Read More

1967-2017: CASWE-ACFTS Celebrates 50 years

CASWE-ACFTS has a long history in the professional education of social work across Canada. Formally established in 1967 to succeed the National Committee of Canadian Schools of Social Work, the purpose of the Association  was: To promote education in Canada for practice in the social services; To formulate criteria for use in assessing educational programs designed to prepare students for practice in the social services; To assist in the development …Read More

Dr. Ginette Berteau is the IASWG 2017 International Honoree

Dr. Ginette Berteau is the IASWG 2017 International Honoree Each year the International Association for Social Work with Groups Board (IASWG)  votes for one or two persons to award at the IASWG Symposium the honor of being the “IASWG International Honoree”, recognizing the person’s extensive contributions to group work and IASWG. This year the Board members voted enthusiastically and unanimously to award Dr. Ginette Berteau this special honor as the “IASWG …Read More