Alberta College of Social Workers

Advocacy / Publications

Advocating for progressive social policies is fundamental to our work as social workers. ACSW supports social workers through committee structures, annual conference, publications and special initiatives. In addition, we create and participate in coalitions with government representatives and social policy partners to advance social justice.

Current Issue:
Advocate Winter 2020


  • Racism and Social Work: 
    A Panel Discussion
  • Discipline in a Pandemic 
  • Social Justice Works: Pay Now or Pay Later:
    Child and Youth Mental Health

Past Issue:
Advocate Fall 2020  


  • Shifting Practices: Innovative Social 
    Work During COVID
  • Disclosure of Confidential 
    Client Information
  • Diploma Dialogues: Practicum in 
    the Time of COVID

The Advocate is the Alberta College of Social Workers' quarterly magazine. It is one of the means of communication we use to inform our membership about ACSW activities and current issues of relevance to social workers in Alberta. All members of our college have the option to receive a physical copy of the magazine, view it online, or both. The Advocate is also sent to all social work education programs in Alberta, other colleges and associations that are legislated under Alberta's Health Professions Act, provincial MLAs and government ministers, and social work associations across Canada.

Social workers interested in writing an article for The Advocate should contact Charity Lui - Membership Activities Team Lead, and refer to the ‘Share your knowledge' document.

The Advocate Editorial Board

The Advocate Editorial Board is comprised of volunteer members of the Alberta College of Social Workers. The Board participates in the planning of the magazine and reviews submissions received. 

Editorial services provided by Bird Communications.

Printing services by ABC Press.


We encourage letters to the editor, book reviews and article submissions, particularly from social workers, social work students and those we serve. 

Submission Guidelines - Share Your Knowledge
Book Review Guidelines - Advocate Book Review 
Advertising - Advocate Advertising Rates and Specs

Publication schedule and deadlines:

Issue Submission Deadline Advertising Deadline
Spring  January 1 January 15
Summer April 1 April 15
Fall July 1 July 15
Winter September 1 September 15

Forward all submissions to Charity Lui, Membership Activities Team Lead:
780-421-1167 ext 231

Forward advertising submissions to Carlena Johnson, Administrative Support Professional: 
780-421-1167 ext 230

Child Poverty Report

2020 Child Poverty Report: Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic
2019 Child Poverty Report: Invest in Families: Ending Child Poverty is Good for All 

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Click here to view past Advocate issues

The ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010: Visioning a more equitable and just Alberta report is a discussion paper that highlights the impact of economic growth and social cohesion.

"Alberta is at a crossroad. This report has highlighted what it means to have economic growth at the expense of social cohesion. With over 80 per cent of incomes concentrated in only half of households and the lowest ranking in the nation for a sense of belonging to their communities, Alberta needs a new policy framework. This report provides the framework for a new development path; one where economic growth serves social goals and where the disparity is minimized, ensuring an adequate income, quality of life and dignity for all Albertans."


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The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is both the designated regulatory body for the practice of social work in Alberta and the professional association representing the interests of social workers within the province. Currently over 8000 people are members of the College (members are usually individuals with a diploma or degree in social work). The mission and goals of the College are:

  • To promote, regulate and govern the profession of social work in the province of Alberta
  • To advocate for skilled and ethical social work practices
  • To advocate for policies, programs and services that promote the profession and protect the best interests of the public

The ACSW provides many services to its membership. They include:

  • Promoting the profession through lobbying and public education
  • Promoting opportunities for collegial networking and communication
  • Providing timely information and professional publications
  • Providing access to group insurance rates
  • Organizing conferences and workshops

Current provincial legislation makes it mandatory for people who have a social work education, who work within the scope of social work practice and who work with the public to be registered with the ACSW. Registration is a formal commitment to practice according to the accepted Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for professional social workers. Individuals who register with ACSW are required to meet professional standards for initial registration, maintain their registration and show competence as long as they work within the scope of social work practice. With the proclamation of the Health Professions Act, ACSW controls the professional title “social worker” and all it’s derivatives. Therefore, by definition, a social worker is a Registered Social Worker.

The ACSW is linked with many related organizations including: the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the International Federation of Social Workers, the Association of Social Work Boards, the Federation of Regulated Health Professions, the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, Arusha, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Friends of Medicare, the Greater Edmonton Alliance, the Public Interest Alberta and the Parkland Institute.

ACSW contact information:
Charity Lui MSW RSW
Membership Activities Team Lead 
Phone: 780-421-1167
Toll free: 1-800-661-3089 (Alberta Only)
Fax: 780-421-1168
Toll free fax: 1-866-874-8931 (Alberta Only)

Mailing address:
Alberta College of Social Workers
#550-10707 100 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 3M1

External Resources

The Alberta College of Social Workers has established collaborative relationships with a variety of organizations in an effort to keep abreast of issues and activities that affect the social work profession. This network serves to inform the ACSW of policies, programs, services and initiatives of interest to social workers. The ACSW supports the following organizations through paid memberships, through official representation or through participation in activities/events. Detailed information about each organization is available by accessing the specified website.

Alberta College of Social Workers - CWP

Canada Without Poverty (CWP)
Canada Without Poverty (CWP) is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada. In 2008 they adopted a new mission, vision and values statements. Acting on the belief that poverty is a violation of human rights and that poverty elimination is a human rights obligation, their work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to influence public policy to prevent and alleviate poverty.
Alberta College of Social Workers - ESPC

Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)
Th e Edmonton Social Planning Council is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status. Our focus is social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty. ESPC is a source of knowledge and expertise on social issues within our community.

Alberta College of Social Workers - FOM Friends of Medicare (FOM)
The Friends of Medicare (FOM) is a provincial coalition of individuals, service organizations, social justice groups, unions, associations, churches and other organizations whose goal is to raise public awareness on concerns related to Medicare in Alberta and Canada.

The Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA)
The Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA) is an alliance of faith, labor, health education and community organizations dedicated to building a base of everyday civic leaders to effectively stand for change they want to see in their communities. We work to hold both public and private power holders accountable for their public responsibilities –at the city and provincial levels. We don’t expect others to do for us - we initiate actions of our own to address community and economic problems.

Parkland Institute
The Parkland Institute is an Alberta-wide non-partisan research centre situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Parkland Institute studies economic, social, cultural, and political issues facing Albertans and Canadians, using the perspective of political economy.

Public Interest Alberta (PIA)
Public Interest Alberta (PIA) is a non-profit,non-partisan, province-wide organization focused on education and advocacy on public interest issues. PIA exists to foster and understanding of the importance of public spaces, services and institutions in Albertans' lives, and to build a network of people and organizations committed to advancing the public interest.


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Child Abuse Prevention and Child Welfare Issues

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