Two days of learning, connection & growth as we highlight innovative social work methodologies, research, and lessons from the past and present to guide us in our future.
May 11-12, 2018
Keynote: An Unsettling Journey: Discovering the ‘truth’ of truth and reconciliation
Presented by Carolyn Campbell
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission highlighted the importance of conversations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and challenged social workers to significantly transform their practices.
In this keynote address Carolyn asserts that, before Non-Indigenous people enter into such conversations, we must first turn the gaze inward to expose the colonial foundations of our 'Settler Identities'.
Without doing this difficult, self-reflective work there is little hope of transforming social work from a colonial project to a transformative process of reconciliation.
This keynote will:
- surface some historical truths of Canadian settlement
- identify the national narratives that obscure this truth
- consider the emotional labour required for reconciliation.
Keynote: Speaking our Truths as Indigenous Social Workers: Reconciling Relations in our Practices and our Profession
Presented by Gail Baikie
Indigenous people walk in two worlds and Indigenous social workers practice in-between their worldview and the dominant Euro-western worldview. Reconciliation, among other things, requires the telling of our truths as Indigenous people and as Indigenous social workers. But truth is understood through one’s individual and cultural frame of reference. As Indigenous peoples we are at risk for not being heard or for being misunderstood by non-Indigenous peoples who receive and interpret our truths through a dominant Euro-western colonial mindset. Non-Indigenous people must acknowledge and be prepared to ethically engage with us in the space in-between worldviews if we have the hope for re-righting our relations as individuals and as a profession.
Gail draws on her my research with Indigenous social workers to demonstrate that the everyday interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, including social work professionals, will typically perpetuate colonial relationships. Mindful and intentional efforts must be made to critically reflect in and on our actions in order to interrupt the taken-for-granted colonial ‘truth’. In so doing, we can begin to make space for Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing within our practices and within the profession.
This keynote asks:
- Reconciliation requires truth telling but are non-Indigenous peoples ready and able to hear our truths as Indigenous peoples and as Indigenous social workers?
- How might we all engage in reconciliation work in our everyday professional practices as social workers?
- Are we, as the profession of social work, prepared to do the decolonization work necessary to make space for Indigeneity?
Adverse Childhood Experiences ACE:
Current Health Challenges and Factors Promoting Resilience Among Patients of the Lunenburg Family Health Clinic
Presented by Kevin Dugas & Dr. Nancy Ross
This presentation will outline a new pilot project being conducted at the Lunenburg Family Health Clinic involving researchers from Dalhousie's School of Social Work and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The project is being supported by a NSHRF Establishment Grant.
The intent of this study is to measure adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), current health challenges and factors that promote resilience among adult patients of the Lunenburg Family Health Clinic. Given that many adverse childhood events are inevitable, knowledge about protective factors that may serve to counter the long-term consequences of ACEs are invaluable.
This pilot project is both developmental and innovative because it will be the first ACE and resilience study to be conducted in Nova Scotia. Piloting this study within a medical practice is representative of an integrative health approach that will include recognition of aspects of lifestyle that may senve as protective factors to mitigate potential negative social and health consequences of a high ACE score.
SafePlace/SafeSpace: Domestic Violence and the Workplace
Presented by Dolly Mosher
SafePlace/SafeSpace is a workplace domestic violence workshop to educate employers about how domestic violence affects their employees both in the home and at their workplace. The workshop takes attendants through the workplace death of a young woman in Dartmouth in her workplace and the serious injury to two other co-workers.
By offering employees a SafePlace to disclose violence happening to them without retribution and shame and also offering abusers a Safe Place to disclose they are attempting to get treatment the tabu of silence is lifted. Also, employers will discover the simple placement of office furniture can affect how safe they are when confronting/supporting employees.
You will be educated on of the risk of domestic homicide, how to become an advocate for employees and how employees can get the support of their employer.
Demystifying Sexual Assault Reporting:
Halifax Police Trauma-Informed Approach to Sexualized Violence
Presented by Angela Jeffrey-Haynes
Gain insight into the trauma-informed approach and training of Halifax Police officers on sexual assault. This presentation will de-mystify the reporting and investigation process of sexual assaults, how victims are supported and how best practices are incorporated.
This presentation will educate social workers who may come into contact with sexual assault victims. They will understand how trauma-informed approaches can be utilized in a policing system and learn what types of supports are available to victims of sexual assault at Halifax Police
Social workers walk away with an understanding of the general sexual assault investigation process.
Jordan’s Principle: Child First Initiative
Presented by Jessica Greggains, Kelly Holle & Terri Anne Johnson
“First Nations children have experienced historical disadvantages due to Canada’s repeated failure to take into account their best interests, as well as their historical, geographically and cultural needs and circumstances…” - (Government of Canada/Indigenous Services/Jordan’s Principle website)
The Truth and Reconciliation process has challenged us all to improve the life experiences of Indigenous children and youth.
Jordan’s Principle is one part of this process.
It is a child first initiative named in the memory of Jordan River Anderson. It ensures that all First Nations children can access social, educational, health and cultural services without delay.
Social workers will be provided with information on the reason for Jordan’s Principle for First Nations children and how to access support services in the areas of health, social, education, cultural and recreation.
Social Media: An Innovative Tool for Community Development
Presented by Alec Stratford
This session will identify foundational community development theory and highlight the practical application of social media to achieve strategic outcomes towards broader social change.
We will explore how to ground campaign tactics through social media tools and engage participants in the development of their own campaigns.
Private Practice Networking
Are you a private practitioner? Join your colleagues in private practice and learn how the Private Practice Committee is advocating for change. You'll engage in an informal discussion with fellow practitioners about the strengths, barriers and possible solutions of private practice.
Interested? Meeting time is May 11th at 3:45 PM exact location at the hotel TBA that afternoon.
Social Policy Consultation
We need your insight! Join the College's Social Policy Committee for a consultation on our social policy framework.
Interested? Meeting time is May 11th at 3:45 PM exact location at the hotel TBA that afternoon.
Fees & Hotel Information
Best western chocolate lake
250 St Margarets Bay Rd,Halifax, NS
Rooms are blocked off for the conference. Call (902) 477-5611 by April 10th to reserve
Quote the code NS College of Social Workers.
Conference Registration Fees
Friday May 11th only
- $50.00 members
- $35.00 member students/retirees
- $75.00 non-members
- $45.00 non-member students/retirees
- $75.00 members
- $50.00 member students/retirees
- $110.00 non-members
- $70.00 non-member students/retirees
Saturday May 12th only
- $25.00 members
- $15.00 member students/retirees
- $35.00 non-members
- $25.00 non-member students/retirees
Deadline to register is Monday, May 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM AST.
Refunds will be accepted until Monday, May 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM AST.
The College and the CASW have bursaries available to help members attend the upcoming 2018 NSCSW Spring Conference. These bursaries will cover your conference registration fees and travel costs.
We value diversity and strive to create opportunities for Nova Scotians with intersectional identities who have historically faced barriers. Preference for bursary awards will also be given to applicants who identify as holding an identity that has historically faced barriers to accessing educational opportunities.
You can apply for one of the following bursaries:
- Two $500 bursaries
- Two $300 bursaries
- Two $200 bursaries
- Two $75 bursaries
Please apply for the bursary based the distance you'll travel to the conference located in Halifax.
- If traveling from Sydney to Halifax you will apply for $500.00
- If traveling from Yarmouth to Halifax you will apply for $300.00
- If traveling from to New Minas to Halifax you will apply for $200.00
- If traveling within Halifax apply for $75.00
The deadline to apply is April 27th. Bursary decisions will be announced May 1, 2018.
If you’re selected to receive a conference bursary a cheque will be mailed to your home address. You are responsible for your conference registration and for arranging your accommodations and travel.
Conference Vendor Opportunity
We’re looking for three vendors to join us at the College’s Spring Conference!
When: May 11th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Best Western Chocolate Lake Hotel, 250 St. Margarets Bay Rd., Halifax, NS
Who: Community & diverse groups, local artisans
What: Share your message, art, project etc. with Nova Scotia social workers
Cost: $50 or donated door prize of equal value
Details: Table, chair, outlet & wifi provided, 8:00 AM set up time & 4:00 removal time