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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

Covid-19 and Field Education Placements (Communication 3)

March 31, 2020 – Given the ongoing Public Heath advisories regarding Covid-19 and the extraordinary context that social work schools across Canada are finding themselves, the Board of Directors is providing further recommendations to provide guidance to CASWE-ACFTS schools of social work and field placements. The Board of Directors previously approved the recommendations that all field education placements be suspended and/or moved to Remote Learning Plans (RLP) effective March 20, …Read More

CASWE-ACFTS Conference 2020 (Covid 19)

March 20, 2020 – Thank you for your patience as we work through the many details and questions surrounding our upcoming Conference. As you know, our Conference is planned in conjunction with Congress 2020, a larger event planned by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which was to be held at Western University. Yesterday, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Federation announced its decision to move its …Read More

Clarification – Field Education (Covid 19)

March 19, 2020 – Several questions have been raised regarding the Board’s recommendations on Field Education placements. The first point I would like to make is that these are strong recommendations from the Board. However, schools have the choice to use discretion in implementing these recommendations. Should a school require 100% of placement hours to be completed on site, that is well within their decision-making framework, within the University’s broader …Read More