Category: Continuing Competency & Social Work Education

3 minute thesis… schools of social work and the dynamic of shame


Social Work Wellness and the Notion of Collective Care – “how individuals, teams, institutions and professions are responding to these pressures using individual and collective strategies”

From Maggie Lodge -coordinator of field supervision for the School of Social Work at CarletonTo thank you for your hard work…


Friday May 6th, 2016 8:45 am – 1:00 pm, Room 2017 Dunton Tower, Carleton University

Social Work Wellness and the Notion of Collective Care

Two panel discussions will explore: the current pressure points arising in social work and human service organizations today and how individuals, teams, institutions and professions are responding to these pressures using individual and collective strategies.


Vicki Bowman, Student Support Case Manager, Carleton University

Eric Lapierre, Mentorship Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa

Michel Poirier, CHEO Social Worker, YouthNet and Youth Mental Health Transitions

Amanda Rocheleau, Founder of Compassion Fatigue Therapy

Cecilia Taiana, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Carleton University

MSW and BSW students, student perspectives


Please RSVP by April 29th (email All day parking is available at the following lots: Lots 5, 6, 7, & 10

The Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund, two year pilot

The fund will reimburse up to $300.00 of training costs on a first come basis (limited). Please see the Fund site for details/criteria here:

The Social Workers and Social Service Workers Professional Development Fund (The Fund) provides funding for educational opportunities to social workers and social service workers who are registered and in good standing1 with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (the College).

Webinar on continuous learning in organizations

Post from Social Work Research Network

“we will discuss what a culture of continuous learning is, and what research has shown to facilitate or impede the creation of this culture”

Perform Well Webinar – Develop a Culture of Continuous Learning in Your Organization
October 20, 2015, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT
Every organization has a culture that includes its philosophies for interacting with the people they serve. These philosophies reflect an understanding of what they are doing well and what they can improve upon. An organization’s ability to demonstrate impact, and to deliver the outcomes that they set out to achieve, is what defines them. This webinar will review several ways to ensure that continuous learning becomes part of your organization’s culture. Click here for more information.

Article – Is The MSW The New MBA?

Beverlee McIntosh shares this article on the relevance of our social work knowledge in the corporate world

Recent corporate failures demonstrate the need for the very skills that
social workers bring. Now a few schools are recognizing this and offering
joint tracks that merge the interests of businesses and the communities they
work in.

Social Work at the Intersection of Ideas, Languages and Cultures, June 1-4, 2015, @ the U of O,… call for proposals

National CASWE-ACFTS Conference

June 1st to 4th, 2015 at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario


Social Work at the Intersection of Ideas, Languages and Cultures /
Le travail social à la croisée des idées, des langues et des cultures


Call for Proposals:  Proposals must be submitted before January 19, 2015.


Special Call for Proposals:  Seminar with the Committee on Francophone Social Work in Linguistic Minority Contexts “Between Specificity and Diversity:  Focus on Research and Intervention in Francophone Minority Contexts”. – deadline:  January 19, 2015


Special Call for Proposals:  1st Annual Symposium for TC-ISWEN – Theme “Hands Back, Hands Forward”
Email your proposal by March 2nd, 2015 to Shelly Johnson with the words “TC-ISWEN Call for Papers in the subject line”.

Outstanding Student Proposals for Presentations Competition – New this year! – deadline:  January 15, 2015

Call for Proposals for Interdisciplinary Sessions:

Call for Reviewers to evaluate proposals for the CASWE-ACFTS Conference 2015


Carleton University’s School of Social Work Has Trained Four Generations

3 faculty -school of social workSusan Hickman explains in an article for alumni/school

It was 65 years ago last June that Carleton University’s School of Social Work, renowned for its approach to social casework training, first opened its doors to 17 students as St. Patrick’s School of Social Welfare.

One of the oldest programs of its kind in the country, it has trained three or four generations of social workers, says Prof. Allan Moscovitch who, with colleague Colleen Lundy, is writing a history of the school.

Research has covered a wide range of topics, including structural social work, the history of the profession, Canadian social welfare policy, Aboriginal social welfare, immigration, women and violence, the history of psychoanalysis, and the evaluation of social services. Some faculty are involved in joint projects with social service agencies, as well as professional or community-based organizations.

The school began under the leadership of Swithun Bowers, a dynamic and eloquent orator chosen by the Oblate Catholic Order to develop a program. Bowers, who completed a master’s program at Columbia University, inspired social work students through his teaching and as director of the school until his retirement in the early 1970s.

His 1949 article, The Nature and Definition of Social Casework, was the touchstone for scholars and practitioners for years.

From the outset, graduates were placed in agencies that believed in their approach, which initially included the fundamental principles of Christian thought in religion and philosophy. In the 1950s, non-Catholics began to attend the school, which changed its name to the School of Social Work and moved to Carleton University in 1967.

The school went through some turmoil in the 1970s and turned in a new direction under S. James Albert and several left-leaning faculty members.

“We were witnessing the rise of the civil rights and anti-poverty movements, the women’s movement and student militancy,” Lundy notes, “followed by severe cutbacks in social welfare institutions and heavy criticism of the function and effectiveness of social work practice.”

The “structural approach” was developed at this time, says Lundy, who published Social Work, Social Justice & Human Rights: A Structural Approach to Practice in 2011.
Carleton faculty, including Moscovitch, Helen Levine and Roland Lecomte, contributed to Columbia student Maurice Moreau’s formulation of the new structural approach to social work. Rejecting the status quo, it has since contributed greatly to progressive social work practice in Canada. Rooted in social justice and social change, Moreau’s method moved away from a blame-the-victim perspective to one that looked more closely at the social conditions in which clients found themselves.

In 1981, Levine introduced the course Women and Welfare, bringing feminism into the school, as well as campaigns against sexism. A decade later, Rashmi Luther joined the school as a race equity co-ordinator after six students formed a race advisory committee on campus to promote race awareness.

Today, the school offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work program, a Master’s and a PhD, the latter welcoming its first students in September 2012.

Moscovitch and Lundy began writing the history of the school for its 60th anniversary and have been updating it ever since.

“We’ve graduated a lot of people who have gone on and done very important things,” says Lundy. Civil rights activist Minnijean Brown Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine African American teenagers who helped desegregate her high school in 1957, earned a Master’s of Social Work at Carleton. And Cassie Doyle, consul general of Canada in San Francisco, completed her Master’s degree in Social Policy and Administration here.

A large number of energetic and enthusiastic graduates have developed innovative programs or gone on to head local community resource centres, says Moscovitch.

“We’re still known as a School of Social Work with a social activist component focusing on social change, social justice and human rights,” adds Lundy, “making changes in the community and in the world.”

More information about the graduate programs in Social Work are available on the School of Social Work website.