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Covid-19 Communication – Field Education Placements

March 18, 2020 –  The Board of Directors recognizes the unusual context within which social work education currently finds itself. In an effort to safeguard the health and well-being of students, field educators, staff, volunteers, members and the broader community, the Board is asking that all field education placements be suspended and/or moved to Remote Learning Plans (RLP) effective March 20, 2020 until further notic. Field placements that do not …Read More

Covid-19

March 13, 2020 – Given the challenge of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and the evolving public health threat, the Executive Committee, on behalf of the Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS is assessing rapidly changing information in an effort to implement measures to safeguard the health and well-being of staff, volunteers and the broader community. As a response to the spread of Covid-19 and in the attempt to minimize its …Read More

Statement of Solidarity and Support for the Wet’suwet’en Peoples of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

February 24, 2020 – CASWE-ACFTS offers solidarity and support for the Wet’suwet’en Peoples of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. In the spirit of the Commitment to Change the Board of Directors affirms the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples that emphasizes the right to self determination and the inherent right of Indigenous nations to determine and control the development of their lands in accordance with their own needs and interests. We …Read More

CASWE-ACFTS and NIAB Sign Agreement that Mutually Honours Social Work Deegrees 

October 25, 2019 – Representatives from CASWE-ACFTS and the National Indigenous Accreditation Board (NIAB) were in Calgary to sign an agreement that considers their accredited social work degrees as substantially equivalent. This agreement underlines the strengths of both parties’ accredited social work programs. “This is part of CASWE-ACFTS’ commitment to engage in the process of reconciliation and honour social work education programs that are developed by Indigenous Peoples, accredited by …Read More

Accreditation of social work programs whose Institutions are not members of Universities

August, 2019. The Board of Directors would like to inform members of a decision taken at their June meeting regarding requests for permission to apply for CASWE-ACFTS accreditation from programs that are not members of Universities Canada. There are currently two college programs currently offering BSW degrees that are non-accredited (Douglas College in BC and Booth College in Manitoba). At this time, the graduates from these two programs can register …Read More

Conference 2020

July, 2019. The Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS would like to update members on a change regarding the 2020 Conference. In April, 2019 the Board agreed to hold the 2020 Association meetings and Conference in Calgary, as part of the International Federation of Social Workers’ (IFSW) 2020 Conference, and in support of the co-host, the University of Calgary. Since then, the Association has received feedback from members highlighting the logistical …Read More

CASWE-ACFTS Stands Against Racism

CASWE-ACFTS stands against racism. The acts of racial profiling of Black and Indigenous bodies on the UBC campus during the 2019 Congress were disturbing. We acknowledge the painful impact of these incidents on those who were directly targeted and on Black and Indigenous communities. The CASWE-ACFTS BOD on behalf of its members explicitly condemns all forms of white supremacy and neo-fascism and is committed to challenging anti-Black racism. CASWE-ACFTS endorses all of the …Read More

My last blog post!

As I look forward to our CASWE-ACFTS 2019 conference in Vancouver, I also reflect back on the last few months. I had the enormous privilege of attending three fascinating events in the month of March. I attended the first two days of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City at the United Nations Headquarters. It began the day after a plane …Read More

Health Care and Social Service Education Associations Partner to Address the Opioid Crisis

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) in partnership with the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC), and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) are pleased to announce the funding of a three-year interprofessional education project by Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program. The project, titled Empowering the next generation of health care and social service professionals with knowledge, skills, tools and supports to …Read More

Memories of John Flynn

Februrary, 2019. We were shocked last week to hear of the sudden death of John Flynn. We knew him as a student, a member of the CASWE-ACFTS board of directors, treasurer of CASWE-ACFTS, a social worker, a colleague, and a friend. We first met John after the 2014 CASWE-ACFTS AGM, when he joined the board of directors as the new social work student liaison. At that first meeting and throughout …Read More

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