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Educational Policy Committee


The Educational Policy Committee (EPC) is a standing committee of the Board of Directors of CASWE-ACFTS and is accountable to the Board. It is Co-Chaired by a member of the Board of Directors and a member of the Commission on Accreditation.  The primary purpose of the EPC is to periodically review and recommend amendments to CASWE/ACFTS educational policies and Accreditation Standards.  The terms of reference provide a more detailed description of the purpose, responsibilities, composition, and operation of the EPC and the annual reports (see below) describe the committee’s activities.

The EPC is current Co-Chaired by Kathy Hogarth and Hélène Albert. Other committee members include Nico Trocme, Jackie Sieppert, Francois Boudreau, and Joanne Azevedo. If you are interested in the work of the EPC please contact Kathy Hogarth (khogarth@uwaterloo.ca) or Hélène Albert (Helene.albert@umoncton.ca).


Process for Revising Educational Policy and Standards

In June of 2013 the BOD passed a motion instructing the EPC to “suggest a planned process for making long term, substantive changes to the Standards and Procedures for Accreditation”. After consulting with members of the BOD, the COA, Deans and Directors and the general membership the EPC prepared a document entitled Process for the development of educational policies and accreditation standards (EPAS 2019). This process was approved by the BOD in February of 2015.

Year one of the process addressed several key questions about Accreditation (see Briefing Note #1). These questions were discussed among all CASWE-ACFTS constituencies, and formed the basis of multiple dialogue sessions at the 2016 conference.

During year two (spring and fall of 2017), members are encouraged to engage in the EPAS2019 by addressing the following questions.

  1. From your lens or standpoint what do you consider to be the strengths and needs of current Standards for Accreditation?
  2. What level of prescription is appropriate for the Standards?
  3. What terms or phrases used within the current Standards of Accreditation need to be clarified or defined within an Accreditation Manual?
  4. Do you have any other comments or suggestions?

The first opportunity for engagement will be at the membership dialogue sessions to be held in May, at the Association’s conference.

  • Tuesday, May 30, 10:00- 11:30 (English), Location: EPH – Eric Palin 216
  • Wednesday, May 31, 10:30- 12:00 (French), Location: RCC-Rogers Comm. 203 FleXlab2
  • Thursday, June 01, 10:30- 12:00 (Bi-lingual), Location: PIT-Pitman 200, Marion Creery Community Room

We look forward to your participation in these sessions. We have prepared two research reports that provide useful background information:
1. Content Analysis: A comparison between CASWE-ACFTS Educational Policy Statement and Standard for Accreditation and;
2. Accreditation Standards: Levels of Prescription

Intersection of Social Work Education and Social Work Regulation

For a least a decade CASWE-ACFTS has been exploring the ever evolving relationship between social work education and regulation.  CASWE-ACFTS has prepared an educational resource package to assist educators and other interested parties in exploring the complexity of this intersection.

Annual Reports

2016-2017 Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual Report
2013-2014 Annual Report