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Remote Field Instructor Module

The COVID-19 global pandemic and the need for physical distancing has resulted in a shift in how social workers deliver services while fulfilling their obligation to wise practices for public health and safety. Technology has been key in facilitating this continuity and exchange of information. E-counselling, e-therapy, and videoconferencing are becoming as familiar as emails, texts, and telephone calls for engaging with clients, students, colleagues, and stakeholders. In recognition of …Read More

Statement on the Critical Role of Field Education in Social Work Education

June 25, 2020 – In the context of the financial uncertainty and instability of postsecondary institutions and Schools of Social Work in Canada as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors (BOD) is issuing the following statement: The CASWE-ACFTS BOD acknowledges the significant impact of COVID-19 on field education, and affirms the critical role, particularly in this moment, played by field education professional staff towards …Read More

COVID-19 Communication #4

June 25, 2020 – Since the issuing of the last guidelines by CASWE-ACFTS, many queries have been received from schools regarding ongoing concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for social work education. While the Board of Directors’ previous recommendations are to be in effect until April 2021, there has been a request for an updated communication regarding: 1) field placements; 2) site-visits; and 3) online courses. Based …Read More

Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Social Work

June 5, 2020 – CASWE-ACFTS members approved a motion against anti-Black racism during the  Annual General Meeting on June 3rd. This was a joint motion made by the Student Committee and the Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Issues Caucus (RECI).  Preamble: Due to ongoing, pervasive, and persistent forms of anti-Black racism, in particular, the disproportionate number of Black people killed at the hands of police, members of the Student Committee and …Read More

Statement on Anti-Asian Racism Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 2, 2020: The Canadian Association of Social Work Education – Association Canadienne pour la formation en travail social (CASWE-ACFTS) recognizes and strongly condemns the rise in racist incidents directed at people of Chinese and Asian descent amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand our responsibility, as racialized and non-racialized social work educators, researchers, students, and practitioners to acknowledge and speak out against all incidents of racial bias, hate crimes, and …Read More

Spotlight On: Social Work Education & COVID-19

We want to hear from our members! We know this pandemic has greatly impacted you and your work in countless ways, and we want to provide you with an opportunity to share your experiences with other members. Tell us how you are doing and some of the creative approaches you have taken to teach and learn in this challenging climate. Carleton University’s Social Work Graduate Students’ Collective May 15, 2020 …Read More

Unified Social Work Voice

April 27, 2020 – In less than a month, the world has changed dramatically. This extraordinary shift has impacted everyone – some more inequitably, deeply, and directly than others. Yet, with every uncertain step, social workers are supporting individuals, families, communities, and professional colleagues in navigating this new and uncharted journey… Unified Social Work Voice – Final

Covid-19 – Field Education Resources from Our Schools

Below are field education resources shared by some of our member schools as a response to the interruptions to student field placements as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY OF NEWFOUNDLAND Field Practicum COVID-19 Information Session for Social Work Field Instructors and Agency Mentors Field Practicum COVID-19 Information Session for Social Work Students Social Work Field Practicum COVID-19 Information: Questions and Answers  MCMASTER UNIVERSITY Assessing Safety in Social …Read More

President’s Message

April 16, 2020 – I hope this message finds you well and that you are managing during these difficult times. The last few weeks have been demanding, requiring adjustments for all of us in all aspects of our lives. As a faculty member and researcher, I have been dealing with the pressures and stressors of finishing one academic term and preparing for another within the context of suspended/modified field placements, …Read More

COVID-19 – CASWE-ACFTS Conference 2020, AGM and Constituency Group Meetings

April 1, 2020 – The Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences made the decision to cancel its face-to-face Congress at Western University in June 2020 and move to a virtual event. After careful consideration, the CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors has decided not to participate in the virtual Congress and to cancel the Association Conference for 2020. There are many reasons for this decision including concerns about the online capacities, …Read More

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