Two days of learning, connecting and growth. 

Friday, May 12 & Saturday, May 13, 2017

Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel
250 St Margarets Bay Rd, Halifax, NS

 Spring Conference Snapshots

Photos by Michelle Doucette
(www.michelledoucettephotography.ca) 


Conference Speakers


An Introduction to Cultural Safety: Moving beyond Cultural Competence in Practice with First Nations

Keynote presentation with Janet Pothier

Janet Pothier is a social worker passionate about advancing social justice in equity in health care. My field of practice currently focuses on advancing culturally safe practices in health care for Mi'kmaq and Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia. She has the tremendous privilege of teaching at DSSW and has taught both the Advancing Social Justice Courses online and Cross Cultural Issues in Social Work Practice. Janet lives in Rines Creek with her partner. Her grandchildren are her inspiration.

Janet Pothier is a social worker passionate about advancing social justice in equity in health care. My field of practice currently focuses on advancing culturally safe practices in health care for Mi'kmaq and Aboriginal people in Nova Scotia. She has the tremendous privilege of teaching at DSSW and has taught both the Advancing Social Justice Courses online and Cross Cultural Issues in Social Work Practice. Janet lives in Rines Creek with her partner. Her grandchildren are her inspiration.

Explore the concept of cultural safety in relation to how we currently conceptualize culturally competent care in Nova Scotia. This keynote session will focus on how cultural safety supports and aligns with ethical practice and the Social Work Code of Ethics and how to work effectively with First Nations and Aboriginal people in health care service delivery. 

Todd Leader has spent his career leading client-centered system transformation in public services. He stresses the practical application of what is learned, to improve the world or the lives of others, rather than merely helping students absorb and remember information for its own sake. His greatest passions and most well-developed abilities is developing and coaching inspired, empowered, and skilled leadership in others.

Todd Leader has spent his career leading client-centered system transformation in public services. He stresses the practical application of what is learned, to improve the world or the lives of others, rather than merely helping students absorb and remember information for its own sake. His greatest passions and most well-developed abilities is developing and coaching inspired, empowered, and skilled leadership in others.

 
Craig Bernard N. Besaw, originally from Newfoundland is a social worker in Nova Scotia currently completing his MSw at Memorial University. He obtained his BA in History and English and his BSw with Memorial University in Newfoundland. Craig has worked in child welfare for approximately 6 years and is active with various volunteer organizations in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia relating to First Nations, Refugee and Immigration, and LGBTQ2S+. 

Craig Bernard N. Besaw, originally from Newfoundland is a social worker in Nova Scotia currently completing his MSw at Memorial University. He obtained his BA in History and English and his BSw with Memorial University in Newfoundland. Craig has worked in child welfare for approximately 6 years and is active with various volunteer organizations in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia relating to First Nations, Refugee and Immigration, and LGBTQ2S+. 

 
Patricia Arnoldin completed her Master's of Social Work thesis in December 2016. A combination of personal experience and inspiring educators led Tricia to explore the potential healing within the intersection of feminism and yoga for women survivors of sexualized violence.Tricia and her partner Andrew are parents to three children and she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga in the Halifax community.

Patricia Arnoldin completed her Master's of Social Work thesis in December 2016. A combination of personal experience and inspiring educators led Tricia to explore the potential healing within the intersection of feminism and yoga for women survivors of sexualized violence.Tricia and her partner Andrew are parents to three children and she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga in the Halifax community.

 
Recent BSW graduate, Mercy Kasheke, has been an active student member on council since 2016 as the NSCSW Student Representative for Dalhousie University. She holds a bachelors degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and has experience working with women in the penitentiary system, child welfare, at risk youth, cultural diversity in customs & religion as well as homelessness. Mercy takes a client centered approach in her practice and believes in the importance of practicing self-care as health care professionals.

Recent BSW graduate, Mercy Kasheke, has been an active student member on council since 2016 as the NSCSW Student Representative for Dalhousie University. She holds a bachelors degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and has experience working with women in the penitentiary system, child welfare, at risk youth, cultural diversity in customs & religion as well as homelessness. Mercy takes a client centered approach in her practice and believes in the importance of practicing self-care as health care professionals.

 
Alec Stratford is the Executive Director/ Registrar at Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Alec has also worked as a child protection social worker, school support counselor, community organizer and as a sessional instructor. He has a passion for community development and believes that engaged informed communities can lead to transformative change. Alec brings a wealth of knowledge on adult and experiential learning and its connection to social change. 

Alec Stratford is the Executive Director/ Registrar at Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Alec has also worked as a child protection social worker, school support counselor, community organizer and as a sessional instructor. He has a passion for community development and believes that engaged informed communities can lead to transformative change. Alec brings a wealth of knowledge on adult and experiential learning and its connection to social change. 

 
Mallory MacLeod is a currently a MSW student at Dalhousie in her final year of studies. She is from Cape Breton, and has an interest in practice in geriatric mental health. Mallory identifies as a lifelong learner regarding working to understand processes of self-reflection and best practice to engage in ethical decision making.  Kelly’s Isenor is a second-year BSW student who also holds a BA in Psychology and Family studies (’15) and an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations (’08). Her interest in ethical decision-making originates with her interest in the intersection of philosophical ‘grey areas’ and the societal value of empowerment and autonomy. She appreciates the complex nature of ethics in social work and holds the belief that learning is a life-long endeavour in the social work field. Kelly identifies as a disabled, cis-gendered woman. She employs an intersectional feminist lens to her social work practice, and holds strong belief in the transformative effects of strengths-based practice. When not engaged in discussions about ethical decision-making, Kelly enjoys spending time with her partner, their 6-year-old, and their dog, Bowlby, exploring the forests of Nova Scotia or catching Pokemon.

Mallory MacLeod is a currently a MSW student at Dalhousie in her final year of studies. She is from Cape Breton, and has an interest in practice in geriatric mental health. Mallory identifies as a lifelong learner regarding working to understand processes of self-reflection and best practice to engage in ethical decision making. 

Kelly’s Isenor is a second-year BSW student who also holds a BA in Psychology and Family studies (’15) and an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations (’08). Her interest in ethical decision-making originates with her interest in the intersection of philosophical ‘grey areas’ and the societal value of empowerment and autonomy. She appreciates the complex nature of ethics in social work and holds the belief that learning is a life-long endeavour in the social work field. Kelly identifies as a disabled, cis-gendered woman. She employs an intersectional feminist lens to her social work practice, and holds strong belief in the transformative effects of strengths-based practice.

When not engaged in discussions about ethical decision-making, Kelly enjoys spending time with her partner, their 6-year-old, and their dog, Bowlby, exploring the forests of Nova Scotia or catching Pokemon.

Transformation of Mental Health & Addictions from system-centric to client-centric

presented by Todd Leader

Explore the concept of what it means for a system or a program to be client-centered. Based on his new book and Amazon's best seller, It’s Not About Us; The Secret to Transforming the Mental Health and Addiction System in Canada. Todd will distinguish between client-centered care and client-centered systems

 

Language Use and the LGBTQ2+ Community

presented by Craig Bernard N. Besaw and Rhys Alden.

Discuss the use of appropriate language when working with LGBTQ2+ community from a Social work lens. We'll identify different terms and appropriate ways to enter discussion on preferred gender or sexual identity. Interactive session with participants, with review and question period.

 

THE EMBODIMENT OF SEXUALIZED TRAUMA: HOW CAN SOCIAL WORK HELP?

presented by Patricia Arnoldin

This presentation explores the embodiment of trauma, specifically trauma resulting from sexualized violence. Based on the results of Tricia's Master's dissertation, the presentation will discuss the embodied reality of trauma, what we as social workers can do to become more aware of the embodied nature of trauma, and how we can provide more comprehensive support to those who have experienced sexualized violent trauma.

 

Creating Balance: An Introduction to Self-Care

presented by Mercy Kasheke

As social workers, it is important to remember the importance of your well-being in the face of professional challenges. In this presentation you will have the opportunity to share and learn new and simple ways to achieve self-care.

 

 

Social Work Professional Developmemnt

presented by Alec stratford

So you want more professional development in your community? This session will guide social workers to build professional development opportunities within their own communities that contribute to the field of social work and the quality of life for Nova Scotians. The College encourages members to seek and create PD opportunities. Based on the principles empowerment, accessibility, sustainability, and self-reliance, this session will lead social workers through the principles of adult learning and curriculum design to support the continuing education of all RSW's and SWC's in the province!

 

Social Work Ethics

presented by Mallory MacLeod, kelly Isenor & Alec stratford

As a social worker in the field, you face a variety of ethical dilemmas. We want to help you to critically reflect on these dilemmas with our online, interactive Ethical Decision Making Tool

You'll more about the application of this tool in your practice, the CASW Code of Ethics and the NSCSW Standards of Practice (2015) as you also reflect on your experiences, values and the environments you work with.