Alberta College of Social Workers

Members Interest Group

Consider joining a Member Interest Group! Member interest groups  provide support to social workers in their fields of practice and interest. These groups undertake advocacy activities, host continuing competence events, arrange Social Work Week activities and provide networking opportunities. If you are interested in joining one of these groups or developing a new group in any field of practice, please contact Julie Mann-Johnson, Professional Practice Support Team Lead julie@acsw.ab.ca

The Child & Youth Interest Group - Edmonton meets regularly to discuss issues related to children. Below are some of the past events that were hosted by the Children’s Issues Edmonton Group. Also below are reports related to children’s issues. For further information contact Julie Mann-Johnson, Professional Practice Support Team Lead at julie@acsw.ab.ca .


Current Meetings - 
are held the first Wednesday of every month as listed below. Please note meetings are not generally held during the summer months, July and August.

         

September 14, 2016 
October 5, 2016
November 2, 2016
December 7, 2016
January 11, 2017

        

February 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017
June 7, 2017

  • Time : Noon - 1:00 PM
  • Location : East Edmonton Health Centre -  11240 79 Street - please contact Raveena Parsons, Promotions Coordinator at RaveenaP@acsw.ab.ca for specific room location as it changes monthly.

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ACSW Child and Youth Interest Group supports National Child Day Alberta November 20, 2016.

For more information visit www.nationalchildday.ca

As the mandate of the ACSW Child and Youth Interest Group includes advocating for policies and resources that support the well-being of children and youth, we endorse the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 28, which declares that all children have the right to an education.  Our daily work allows our membership to witness first-hand the importance of universal access to education to achieve social justice.  We took the opportunity provided to us on National Child Day 2015 to declare our support of initiatives that ensure the rights of all children to an education.  We call upon all levels of the Canadian government to undertake measures to enable Canadian children to receive their entitlement to education and to support other countries to achieve this goal for their own children.


Past Activities:

 
Report - Achieving the Promise: Ending Poverty in Alberta (PDF)

A report on child and family poverty outlines the challenge Alberta faces if we are going to eliminate child poverty in five years and reduce poverty for everyone in ten years, as promised by Premier Redford during the recent provincial election.

Employee well-being key to job satisfaction and commitment for government social workers

The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) commissioned a study to learn the reasons some social workers flourish in child protection while others falter. Study author Val Kinjerski, PhD and principal consultant with Kaizen Solutions, is a leading authority in the field of employee engagement and former senior manager and social worker in child protection. Her study shows that a two-pronged approach is needed to increase the number of social workers who flourish in government child protection work—one directed at improving working conditions and the other at increasing employee engagement or what she calls “spirit at work.” “Together, these two factors contribute to two-thirds of social worker well-being at work,” she said. “When social workers are fully aware of and feel good about the contribution they are making to society, feel recognized and valued for the work they do, and are wholly supported by their supervisors and managers, child protection work can be most fulfilling and meaningful.”

Lori Sigurdson, ACSW Professional Affairs Coordinator, says the ACSW is excited about the results because government social workers represent about one-quarter of the College’s membership. “Action on this study’s recommendations can dramatically improve the work lives of many of our members,” she said. “This will lead to better results for vulnerable Alberta children and their families.”

Download the media release here.

Download the report - Flourishing in Child Protection: Creating Environments that Helps Social Workers Thrive , A Report to the Alberta College of Social Workers by Val Kinjerski, MSW, PhD, RSW

Social Action/Social Justice Interest Group in Edmonton meets regularly to discuss and advocate for social justice. For further information contact julie@acsw.ab.ca

Current Meetings

New Members are Welcome to join the first Social Action/Social Justice - Edmonton Interest Group.

  • Date: Last Monday of the month at 5:00 PM
  • Location: ACSW Boardroom, Suite 550, 10707 100 Ave NW
  • RSVP: to julie@acsw.ab.ca

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OASW Federal Election Readiness Guide 2015

Thanks to the Ontario Association of Social Workers who have given us permission to use this guide they have developed. This is an important election. We can make a difference.

The OASW Federal Election Readiness Guide 2015 PDF is located here.

 

Response to Developing a Social Policy Framework for Alberta : Discussion Guide

The Edmonton Social Action/Social Justice (SASJ) interest group of the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) commends the government’s efforts to develop a Social Policy Framework for Alberta. The SASJ interest group submitted comments on the “Discussion Guide” and responded to the key questions in the Guide that had been issued by Human Services Alberta. Here is the link to Human Services Alberta http://socialpolicyframework.alberta.ca

 

Membership Activities Coordinator - North

Charity Lui - charityl@acsw.ab.ca

The Edmonton Retired Social Workers meet a few times per year for a lunch and speaker. For further information, please contact Charity Lui, Membership Activities Coordinator - North at charityl@acsw.ab.ca or 780.421.1167.

The Northern Alberta Gerontology Social Work Interest Group meet regularly to discuss issues related to seniors. From policy shifts and changes to day-to-day work with the senior population. For further information contact Charity Lui, Membership Activities Coordinator - North at charityl@acsw.ab.ca.

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The Private Practice Committee is an Interest Group of ACSW concerned with matters relating to the private practice of social work and to social work private practitioners and their clientele. Its primary mandate is to promote and maintain Best Practices for Social Workers in Private Practice.

Private Practitioners are advanced level Social Workers registered to practice in the Province of Alberta under the Alberta College of Social Workers. They provide services directly to clients and, either wholly or in part, practice their profession independently of any governmental or voluntary agency. They take sole responsibility for their practice and establish their own conditions of payment with their clients. Their professional identity in their private practice is social work.

The Alberta College of Social Workers is obligated by the Health Professions Act to serve and protect the public interest. To this end, it is reasonable that the public should expect that RSWs in Private Practice have sufficient experience and competence that enables them to practice without supervision.

For further information, to find out when this Committee meets next or to RSVP for the next meeting contact Charity Lui, Membership Activities Coordinator - North at charityl@acsw.ab.ca.

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The Social Workers in Health Interest Group meets monthly over the lunch hour, on the last Wednesday of the month, through telehealth - Alberta Health Services teleconferencing service. These meetings join social workers throughout the province to network and collaborate around best practice. For more information contact Charity Lui, Membership Activities Coordinator - North at charityl@acsw.ab.ca.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Date: Last Wednesday of every month
  • Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
  • Location: AHS Telehealth or telephone line
  • RSVP: to charityl@acsw.ab.ca

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Membership Activities Coordinator - South

Heather Johnson - heatherj@acsw.ab.ca

Calgary Social Workers for Social Justice take action and advocate for social justice. The group hosts workshops, events, attends rallies and addresses local issues that affect the citizens of Calgary throughout the year. For further information, please contact Heather Johnson, Membership Activities Coordinator - South at heatherj@acsw.ab.ca

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The Child & Youth Interest Group - Calgary is currently recruiting social workers who work in or are interested in child & youth issues to join the group. For more information contact Heather Johnson, Membership Activities Coordinator - South at heatherj@acsw.ab.ca

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Report - Achieving the Promise: Ending Poverty in Alberta (PDF)

This report on child and family poverty outlines the challenge Alberta faces if we are going to eliminate child poverty in five years and reduce poverty for everyone in ten years.

The Gerontological Social Work Action Group (GSWAG) focuses on issues related to seniors. GSWAG focuses on day to day work with seniors, issues within long term care and support of seniors and overall policies related to seniors. For further information contact Heather Johnson, Membership Activities Coordinator - South at heatherj@acsw.ab.ca

The International Social Work Interest Group meets via teleconference, allowing members throughout the province to participate. This Committee focuses on global social work issues. For more information contact Heather Johnson, Membership Activities Coordinator -South at heatherj@acsw.ab.ca

As the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), and the International Council of Social Welfare (ICSW) come together to develop "the agenda", take advantage of this opportunity to act collectively with others across the globe.

Have you wondered how your Social Work can be used in humanitarian work? Look no further. We have some exciting new opportunities that we wanted Social Work students & alumni to know about:

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Social Action for Social Justice (SASJ) believes that all people deserve equitable access to resources, supports and the right to be a part of and contribute to an inclusive community. We seek to promote equity and justice, serving as a catalyst for local social change. This interest group strives to be responsive to local needs through awareness raising campaigns, collaborations with like-minded organizations and progressive community action.

For more information contact sasjleth@gmail.com