Lunch and Learn Series
The School of Social Work is devoted to fostering learning experiences for students that compliment classroom learning. The Lunch and Learn Series is designed to engage students in their own learning by partnering with social workers, local organizations, social work educators, and community members as facilitators of teaching and learning.
On this page, you will find details about the Lunch and Learn Series for the Fall 2013 semester. Our hope is that these sessions will challenge you, encourage you to use critical thinking, and faciitate a learning experience founded in quality and excellence.
To register for a session, click here.
Lunch and Learn Dates
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - Social Work & Addictions
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - Alzheimers & Social Work
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Concepts of Diversity
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - Social Work & Spirituality
Thursday, October 31 2013 - Got Social Media Ethics
Monday, November 4, 2013 - Child & Maternal Health: International Perspectives
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - Equity, Equality & Inclusion
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - Advocating for Persons with Disabilities
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - CYFS Information Session
Those who attend this session will gain a general understanding of the fundamental concepts associated with substance use and gambling, and will have a basic understanding of the process in which addiction develops. Participants will be given a brief overview of the various drug classes, the cycle of dependency, as well as the relevance of the Process and Stages of Change when working with Addiction clients. Finally, an overview of supports and resources will be provided and information on how to connect to services in the St. John's area will be discussed.
This session will cover an introduction of concepts of diversity, the stages of integration and immigration, and encourage participants to engage in critical self-reflection when interacting with other cultures.
This session will include a discussion on how spirituality fits within the realm of social work practice. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the relevance and applicability of spiritually sensitive practice in various social work settings. The facilitator will provide a brief overview of the history of spirituality in social work practice, including definitions of spirituality versus religion.
This session will highlight and address some of the ethical challenges and considerations that social workers face as social media intersects with social work practice. The session will enhance your awareness and understanding of ethical and practice issues that social media may create in social work practice, foster critical thinking around boundaries in social work practice, and generate discussion on best practice principles.
This session is part of a UNIVERSITY SEMINAR SERIES (USS).
AKFC started its University Seminar Series in 2001 by bringing international development practitioners from its partner projects in Asia and Africa to universities across Canada. The goal: to engage students from all fields of study in discussions and workshops on key development issues, providing them with an opportunity to gain a practical understanding of the challenges involved in designing and implementing projects in the field. By increasing their awareness of their role as “global citizens,” AKFC hopes to help bridge the divide between the developed and developing worlds.
Building on the success of this series, IDRC and AKFC are collaborating to expand its reach and impact across Canada. The focus this year is on maternal and child health. According to United Nations’ estimates, in 2010, some 800 women died every day from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, 99% of them in developing countries. Some 7.6 million children died before the age of five. While these numbers are high, they are a considerable improvement since countries committed in 2000 to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of ambitious development targets for 2015.
OUR SPEAKERS & ORGANIZATION PROFILES
Sisawo Kontehis the Director of Outreach Services for Aga Khan Health Services, Tanzania (AKHST). He also serves as Project Director for a DFATD-funded project that focuses on community-based maternal, newborn, and child health services. Before joining AKHST, Sisawo spent many years in senior health-leadership positions in Afghanistan and The Gambia. Sisawo completed his undergraduate studies in nursing & midwifery from Gambia College and holds a master’s degree in hospital management from Leeds University in the UK.
The Aga Khan Health Services Tanzania (AKHST) community health programs are designed to reach vulnerable groups in society, especially child-bearing women and young children, with low-cost, proven medical technologies. In AKHST's approach to health services, primary health care and prevention are considered as steps toward improved health status that must be linked to the availability of high quality medical care. To complement its work in primary health care, AKHST offers curative services in institutions ranging from dispensaries through health centres to full-service hospitals. At each level of care, the AKHST focuses on providing services that are needed and wanted by the community and on building linkages within the system. It also aims to ensure a quality of care that significantly raises local standards. Quality control in laboratory diagnosis, appropriate documentation in medical records, regular supply of pharmaceuticals, and continuing education of nurses and doctors are some of the practices that AKHST emphasizes in its approach to institutional development.
Umaira Ansari is Research Associate and Communications Coordinator for the Nigerian Evidence-based Health System Initiative (NEHSI), under the Community Information Empowerment and Transparency (CIET) Trust. This project seeks to improve health information and planning systems by focusing on health outcomes rather than on service provision. Umaira grew up in Pakistan, and before joining CIET, worked for the disadvantaged in her country – especially in the field of women’s rights. Umaira holds a degree in law and legislature.
The Nigeria Evidence-based Health System Initiative (NEHSI) is a collaborative effort on the part of IDRC, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and the Government of Nigeria. NEHSI was initiated in 2004 in response to the country's commitment to health sector reform. Its goal is to strengthen the healthcare system so that it can deliver effective, efficient, and equitable primary health care in the Bauchi and Cross River states. This goal is being achieved by strengthening health monitoring and demographic surveillance systems; stimulating a demand for improved services by increasing community participation in collecting health information; using the evidence generated to plan, budget, and deliver services; and promoting local understanding and ownership of the initiative. It is expected that the project will result in clear, scientifically defensible best practices to promote in additional states.
This session will address topics such as the difference between equity and equality, and look at other concepts such as inclusion and diversity.
CYFS Information Session
12:30 - 1:30
Representatives from CYFS will provide an overview of departmental services and programs. More details to follow.