The School of Social Work seeks to provide continuing education opportunities for social workers across Newfoundland and Labrador. Some of these events may also be of interest to other professionals in the health and social sectors. The School has a Continuing Education Committee with internal and community representatives. Events are conducted on the St. John's campus, in the local community, and in other regions of the province.The School partners with other organizations to plan and facilitate events.
Lunch Time Presentations
In January 2011, the School commenced a series of lunch time presentations by faculty who presented their research activities and provided an opportunity for dialogue and questions. The presentations were very successful and the School is continuing the workshops in Fall 2011.
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011: "Cruise Bruises: Is Cruise Tourism a Social Work Concern?"
Workshops to date have included:
Evaluating a family centred treatment program for youth aggression - Dr. Stephen Ellenbogen. See video here.
Comparing the psychological and social well being of women in polygamous and monogamous marriages - Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi. See video here.
Strengthening Rural Social Work Practice with Older Persons - Dr. Gail Wideman
Distressed Fathers - Dr. Brenda LeFrancois
Flying in the Face of Moral Outrage: Human Rights & Social Justice for Lesbian, Gay, & Bisexual Persons
This lecture explores the roots and impact of the oppression of LGB persons – and collective strategies to move toward full inclusion and acceptance of LGB persons in our community. Click here to see the lecture.
Joint Training For Social Workers and Police
The School has been working collaboratively with the Department of Child, Youth and Family Services, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary since 1993 to provide joint training for social workers and police officers in the investigation of child sexual abuse. More recently over the last several years, joint training has been provided for social workers and police officers in the area of family violence. Approximately 120 social workers and police officers have been trained to offer these courses and 1200 social workers and police have been trained to date.
Workshops in Labrador
In September 2010, the School partnered with the Labrador Institute to present three workshops for thirty participants in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Ellen Oliver, MSW, RSW, of the School of Social Work presented two workshops for social workers and other professionals, including "Partner Violence Issues and Approaches" and "Narrative Approach to Work with Clients and Communities". A third workshop was provided for social workers entitled "Social Work Approaches to Working with Partner Violence".
Collaboration with Community Partners
The School partnered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers and Eastern Health in October 2010 to offer a workshop for 100 social workers on conflict resolution facilitated by Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW. Gary, a private practitioner from Dundas, Ontario, provides family counseling and mediation services and hosts the reality TV show "Newlywed. Nearly Dead".
If you would like further information about these initiatives, or to discuss development of possible continuing education opportunities in collaboration with the School of Social Work, please contact Ivy Burt, Coordinator of MSW Student Services and Continuing Education, at (709) 864-2557, or email@example.com.
Check back for postings of dates and times for future events.