Laura MacIntosh and Kaleigh Hyde, two Bachelor of Social Work students, undertook practice placements in Durham, England, in the summer of 2011. On Laura’s initiative, her work at an adoptions agency focussed on building the profile, support and services for same sex adopting parents. In the photo above, Laura and Kaleigh work the booth for the agency at Northern Pride, marking the first time the agency had ever participated in any event with and for the LGBTTQI community. Laura is displaying materials that she developed for the agency.
Please join students in Social Work and Occupational Therapy for the third annual presentation of their interprofessional learning activity called “the SWOT project.” Professors Marion Brown (Social Work) and Brenda Merritt (Occupational Therapy) coordinate the activity in one of their classes and students will be on hand to answer questions about their learning processes.
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am
Location: Forrest Building, Rooms 213 and 201
A group of students and faculty from the School of Social Work joined the Occupy Nova Scotia rally at the Grand Parade on Friday, November 4th. The group attended the rally to be a presence when the Nova Scotia Association of Social Workers, represented by the executive director Robert Shepherd, members of the social action committee, and practising social workers came to speak out about the growing disparity between rich and poor, the erosion of the social safety net, the inadequacy of the neo-liberal agenda and the importance of this grassroots movement as an alternate voice in our society. Included in the group were School of Social Work faculty members Dr. Carolyn Campbell, Dr. Marion Brown, Dr. Judy MacDonald and Dr. Merlinda Weinberg; instructors Paul O’Hara, David Williams and Jeanne Fay; as well as BSW and MSW students. Members of the School of Social Work have provided ongoing support and concrete services to Occupy Nova Scotia. Students are exploring ways to continue to work collaboratively with the movement, although the recent dismantling of their encampment in Victoria Park will pose significant challenges.
Dr. Michael Ungar and Dr. Linda Liebenberg, faculty members at the School of Social Work and co-directors of the Resilience Research Centre, have recently applied for the Grand Challenges Canada – Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health Award with their proposed program “Cambodian Living Arts.” To learn more, see the DalNews story.
DalNews recently profiled Social Work graduate Miriam Laskey, who has coped with a severe mental health disability for much of her adult life, and is now helping others through her work with the Caring and Sharing Social Club – a place for adults with disabilities run by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Ungar (Social Work) on being awarded the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Chair. The Killam Chairs are awarded to academics of the highest distinction at Dalhousie with appointments of up to five years. Dr. Ungar was recognized as one of the most productive researchers in social work in Canada in the area of child and youth resilience, having made remarkable contributions as a researcher, policy advisor and clinician. Dr. Ungar is also the director of research for the Resilience Research Centre, an international partnership based at Dalhousie that was recently invited to become an institutional member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Welcome to Dr. Jan Fook, who joined the School of Social Work as Director on August 15, 2011.
Dr. Fook has been a social worker and academic for over 30 years. She was recently Professor of Professional Practice Research and Director of the Interprofessional Institute at the South West London Academic Network (Royal Holloway, St. George’s (University of London) and Kingston University). She was born and educated in Australia where she has worked most of her life. She has held a variety of academic positions in Australia, the UK and Norway (including professorial positions at La Trobe University, Southampton University and Diakonhjemmet College, Oslo) but has an ongoing interest in professional education and practice research. Over the last 15 years she has focused on developing critical reflection, and has conducted many workshops with professionals across Australia and in Europe, the UK, Asia and Canada. Her model of critical reflection is currently being adopted across West London boroughs in the UK.
Her research work involves the empirical research of professional practice, and developing better methods for representing the complexity of this. She has published 13 books and over 70 articles and book chapters. Her books include: Radical Casework (Allen & Unwin); Professional Expertise (with Martin Ryan & Linette Hawkins, Whiting & Birch); Social Work: Critical Theory and Practice (Sage), and Practising Critical Reflection (with Fiona Gardner, Open University Press).
Dr. Michael Ungar of the School of Social Work was recently quoted in an article by Leon Neyfakh titled “Knock, knock. Who’s there? The Armored Child.”
Congratulations ag Welluguti’og (translated from Mi’kmaq, this means “and you have all done a good job”) to graduating students from the second cohort of the Mi’kmaq/Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work (MMBSW) Program. Eighteen students will be graduating from St. Thomas and Dalhousie with their Bachelor of Social Work degrees and an additional three students are in various stages of completing their studies. The second cohort of the MMBSW program began in September 2008 and will conclude in June 2011.
Please join us in celebrating these amazing individuals who have made many personal sacrifices to realize their dream of becoming social workers in their own communities.