Manitoba Association of School Social Workers

School Social Work: The Power of Understanding and Connecting

J.H. Bruns Collegiate: 250 Lakewood Blvd. Winnipeg MB

October 19, 2018

Program

8:00-8:45– registration
8:45-9:00– Greeting by MASSW president
9:00-10:15– Key note speaker
10:15-10:30– coffee break
10:30-11:45– Panel groups (Urban and Rural)
11:45-1:00– lunch (lunch is provided free of charge onsite)
1:00-2:00-breakout session #1
2:00-2:15– coffee break
2:15- 3:15– breakout session #2

Keynote

1A – Repairing my Broken Circle
Theodore Fontaine

Theodore will describe his incarceration at Indian residential schools, his loss of identity, culture, language and spirit, and the devastating impacts leading to his long road to reconciliation. His powerful memoir, Broken Circle, The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, is a Canadian bestseller, a firsthand testimony of his experiences, and a hopeful and inspiring story. He delivered a powerful presentation to the Edmonton National Event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that included a highly personal expression of reconciliation to the Bentwood Box. Theodore is a regular speaker and media commentator on Indian residential schools and has presented Broken Circle to more than 800 audiences in Canada and the United States. He continues to break new ground by supporting survivors and by seeking reconciliation directly with those who were perpetrators of his abuse.

Biography: THEODORE FONTAINE IS A MEMBER and former chief of the Sagkeeng Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba. He attended the Fort Alexander and Assiniboia Indian Residential Schools from 1948 to 1960. As a youth, he played senior hockey across Western Canada before moving north to direct a mineral exploration crew in the Northwest Territories, a formative experience that set him on a lifelong path toward self-discovery and healing.
Theodore graduated in Civil Engineering from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1973 and went on to work extensively in the corporate, government and First Nations sectors, including eleven years with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs as an advisor and executive director. He served in leadership and voluntary roles with organizations such as The Banff Centre for Management, Peace Hills Trust, the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute, the Manitoba Museum, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and Palliative Care Manitoba.
Theodore is a regular speaker and media commentator on Indian residential schools and has presented Canadian national bestseller Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, A Memoir to more than 800 audiences in Canada and the United States. Since publishing his memoir, he has continued to break new ground by supporting residential school survivors and by seeking reconciliation directly with those who were perpetrators of his abuse.
Theodore has welcomed new Canadians and their families to Canada at ceremonies of the Canadian Citizenship Court and shared his experiences of residential schools at Canadian Museum of Human Rights events commemorating genocides in Rwanda and Armenia. He has been a co-participant with a Holocaust survivor in public dialogue events on the theme of the “commonality of experience.” Theodore lives with his wife, Morgan, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

AM Panel Groups 10:30-11:45am

2A – Collaboration and Connection (Urban)

Panel discussion with Winnipeg Police, Child and Family Services and Community Mental Health Services on scenarios relevant to Urban school social workers.


2B – Collaboration and Connection (Rural)

Panel discussion with RCMP, rural Child and Family Services and Rural Community Mental Health Services on scenarios relevant to Rural School Social Workers

Breakout Sessions #1 – 1:00-2:00pm

4A – How to use Mindfulness with your Students – Tools and Practices to Support the Whole Child
Kailey Lefko from Educalm

In this workshop, you will learn what mindfulness is and how it can be used to support your students. You will experience a mindfulness practice and learn how to share mindfulness practices with your students, giving them concrete tools and strategies for understanding and responding mindfully to big emotions, developing a growth mindset and fostering resiliency.

Presenter’s Bio: When Kailey was nearing burnout as a new biology teacher, she found yoga and mindfulness. These practices helped her to feel more calm, balanced and joyful. Since mindfulness was so transformational in her life, she wanted to share these benefits with her students! Kailey became a certified yoga instructor and then began teaching a daily mindfulness practice in her classroom. Once she witnessed all the wonderful benefits this practice had on her students, herself as a teacher and her classroom dynamics, she knew she wanted to support other educators so they could easily bring mindfulness practices into their own classrooms. She partnered up with her best friend and fellow educator Josianne and they now create ready-to-use mindfulness resources for the classroom and teach other teaching and support staff in schools how to implement a mindfulness practice with their students.

Maximum Participants for the session: 25


4B -StreetReach: Intervention to Combat Child Sexual Exploitation
Briget Baer from StreetReach

This session will be focused on StreetReach, an intervention strategy under Tracia’s Trust – and the operation of the Program. Information will be provided on risk factors of sexual exploitation, indicators of sexual exploitation, grooming, some legislation and a toolkit for working with at risk and sexually exploited youth.

Presenter’s Bio: Briget graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and currently completing her Masters in Social Work through Dalhousie University. She is the Manager of StreetReach at the Child & Family Services Division, an intervention program under Tracia’s Trust: Manitoba’s Strategy to End Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking. She has 16 years of front line experience in Manitoba Justice, working collaboratively with multi-systems to develop and implement effective interventions and advocate for vulnerable and at-risk youth. She has focused on anti-oppressive principles and trauma informed, client-centered approaches to guide her practice.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


4C – Winnipeg Gangs 101
Sergeant Wes Law

During this session there will be a discussion on youth involvement with Street Gangs, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime groups.

Presenter Bio: Sgt. Wes Law is a 17-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). Sgt. Law leads the service’s Organized Crime Unit / Biker Enforcement Unit and is the WPS’s Gang Expert Coordinator.  He has spent the majority of his career policing gangs and drug dealers from inner city street gangs to high level drug traffickers including Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Sgt. Law is a court declared Gang Expert in the areas of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Organized Crime Groups.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


4D – Victim Services with the Winnipeg Police: Supports for families impacted by crime
Allison Groening from Victim Services for Youth

This session will cover victim rights in Manitoba and the different federal and provincial legislation that guides our work. It will provide an overview of what Winnipeg Police Service-Victim Services can do to assist individuals and families impacted by crime and tragedy, and explore some of the services and supports available through other agencies as a matter moves through the criminal justice process. It will also give some brief information on the units within the Winnipeg Police that work with children and youth.  

Presenter’s Bio: Allison received her MSW through the University of Manitoba in 2017 and is a registered social worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers. In her education and career she has focused on working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system, both as victims and offenders. Presently she is the sole social worker employed by the Winnipeg Police Service’s Victim Service Section and is committed to supporting victims and their families as they navigate through the police process.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


4E- Expand Your Knowledge about Refugees
Marta Kalita from MIIC/Welcome Place

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council- Welcome Place is the organization supporting the newcomers settlement in Manitoba since the end of the World War II. It was created by the different faith groups to help bringing the post war displaced people from Europe to Canada. Later on we become a champions in welcoming refugees from all over the world and providing the settlement services they need (information, orientation, temporary accommodation, permanent housing search, life skills, needs assessment, referrals , school registration etc).Last year we served almost 4,500 clients from different countries and from different refugee categories. In my presentation I will explain who the newcomers are, why there are different categories of refugees, what are the challenges they face and how MIIC helps to tackle their daily ordeals.

Presenter’s Bio: Marta Kalita – has a Master degree in Sociology.

She has been working with immigrants and refugees in Manitoba for 27 years at the same agency; Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council/Welcome Place where she is now the Director of Settlement Services. She has an extended knowledge about immigration and refugee policies and a long time experience in the front line settlement work with Government Assisted Refugees, Privately Sponsored Refugees and Refugee Claimants. She initiated and implemented the Ambassador Program pilot project in many schools in Winnipeg and, as at that time the Manger of Volunteer Program, was responsible for the Ethno- cultural Dinners which introduced different community groups to the general public.

In her present work at MIIC she focuses on refugee integration, newcomers’ needs and access to services, children’s adaptation to school environment and cross cultural communication. Through presentations and workshops she promotes the vision of the welcoming community and creates the awareness about refugee issues in a general public. She is passionate about professional development of the settlement sector, including interpretation, and is a member of the Regional Professional Development Committee as the Manitoba Settlement Sector representative. She is a member of the National Immigration and Settlement Working Group under the umbrella of Canadian Council for Refugees and is actively involved in various local and national projects focused on refugee settlement. She is a certified Polish and Russian interpreter.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


4F – Supporting Ourselves and Each Other in the Trauma We Witness
Jennifer Heinrichs and Kari McCluskey

Vicarious trauma often occurs as a result of caring and identifying with the pain of others. Witnessing the struggles and hardships of students and their families can be difficult as we try to balance this difficult work with the many other responsibilities of daily life. This work can often feel isolating and exhausting. Taking the time to celebrate growth and even the smallest of successes can encourage and sustain vicarious resilience. This session will help to identify meaningful and difficult parts of the work we all share, how we are affected by it, and how we might help to support each other.

Presenter’s Bio: Jennifer Heinrichs is a Family Therapist who has been practicing in non-profit agencies and private practice since 2007. She is passionate about healing through trauma and loss, and empowering people to be the greatest version of themselves.  Kari McCluskey has been in the education field for 15 years, in the beginning providing social and academic programming for at-risk youth in alternative learning environments and in recent years as a coordinator and instructor in the Faculty of Education. Kari and Jennifer are the Vicarious Trauma/Resilience Initiative facilitators in the new pilot program at Aurora Family Therapy Centre.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


4G – WRHA Crisis Response Service
Erika Hunzinger

Introductory presentation describing Crisis Response Centre, Mobile Crisis Services, Crisis Response Stabilization Unit and Post-Crisis Follow-up. Information will be provided on how to access WRHA Crisis Response Services as both service providers and for the public, types of services provided, and a case example.

Presenter’s Bio: Erika Hunzinger, O.T. Reg(MB), Mental Health Clinical Specialist for CRS. Erika has worked for CRS for 3 years as a front-line Crisis Clinician. She has been in her current role for the past year; which involves ensuring evidence-based standards of practice, staff education, collaboration with other WRHA services and community organizations, and promotion of recovery-oriented services.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20

Breakout Sessions #2 – 2:15-3:15pm

5A – How to use Mindfulness with Your Students – Tools and Practices to Support the Whole Child
Kailey Lefko from Educalm

In this workshop, you will learn what mindfulness is and how it can be used to support your students. You will experience a mindfulness practice and learn how to share mindfulness practices with your students, giving them concrete tools and strategies for understanding and responding mindfully to big emotions, developing a growth mindset and fostering resiliency.

Presenter’s Bio: When Kailey was nearing burnout as a new biology teacher, she found yoga and mindfulness. These practices helped her to feel more calm, balanced and joyful. Since mindfulness was so transformational in her life, she wanted to share these benefits with her students! Kailey became a certified yoga instructor and then began teaching a daily mindfulness practice in her classroom. Once she witnessed all the wonderful benefits this practice had on her students, herself as a teacher and her classroom dynamics, she knew she wanted to support other educators so they could easily bring mindfulness practices into their own classrooms. She partnered up with her best friend and fellow educator Josianne and they now create ready-to-use mindfulness resources for the classroom and teach other teaching and support staff in schools how to implement a mindfulness practice with their students.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


5B – StreetReach: Intervention to Combat Child Sexual Exploitation
Briget Baer from Street Reach

This session will be focused on StreetReach, an intervention strategy under Tracia’s Trust – and the operation of the Program. Information will be provided on risk factors of sexual exploitation, indicators of sexual exploitation, grooming, some legislation and a toolkit for working with at risk and sexually exploited youth.

Bio: Briget graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba and currently completing her Masters in Social Work through Dalhousie University. She is the Manager of StreetReach at the Child & Family Services Presenter’s Division, an intervention program under Tracia’s Trust: Manitoba’s Strategy to End Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking. She has 16 years of front line experience in Manitoba Justice, working collaboratively with multi-systems to develop and implement effective interventions and advocate for vulnerable and at-risk youth. She has focused on anti-oppressive principles and trauma informed, client-centered approaches to guide her practice.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


5C – Winnipeg Gangs 101
Sergeant Wes Law

During this session there will be a discussion on youth involvement with Street Gangs, Drug Trafficking, and Organized Crime groups.

Bio: Sgt. Wes Law is a 17-year member of the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS). Sgt. Law leads the service’s Organized Crime Unit / Biker Enforcement Unit and is the WPS’s Gang Expert Coordinator.  He has spent the majority of his career policing gangs and drug dealers from inner city street gangs to high level drug traffickers including Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Sgt. Law is a court declared Gang Expert in the areas of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Organized Crime Groups.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


5D – Victim Services with the Winnipeg Police: Supports for families impacted by crime
Allison Groening from Victim Services for Youth

This session will cover victim rights in Manitoba and the different federal and provincial legislation that guides our work. It will provide an overview of what Winnipeg Police Service-Victim Services can do to assist individuals and families impacted by crime and tragedy, and explore some of the services and supports available through other agencies as a matter moves through the criminal justice process. It will also give some brief information on the units within the Winnipeg Police that work with children and youth.

Bio: Allison received her MSW through the University of Manitoba in 2017 and is a registered social worker with the Manitoba College of Social Workers. In her education and career she has focused on working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system, both as victims and offenders. Presently she is the sole social worker employed by the Winnipeg Police Service’s Victim Service Section and is committed to supporting victims and their families as they navigate through the police process.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


5E – Expand Your Knowledge About Refugees
Marta Kalita from MIIC/Welcome Place

Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council- Welcome Place is the organization supporting the newcomers settlement in Manitoba since the end of the World War II. It was created by the different faith groups to help bringing the post war displaced people from Europe to Canada. Later on we become a champions in welcoming refugees from all over the world and providing the settlement services they need (information, orientation, temporary accommodation, permanent housing search, life skills, needs assessment, referrals , school registration etc).Last year we served almost 4,500 clients from different countries and from different refugee categories. In my presentation I will explain who the newcomers are, why there are different categories of refugees, what are the challenges they face and how MIIC helps to tackle their daily ordeals.

Bio: Marta Kalita – has a Master degree in Sociology.
She has been working with immigrants and refugees in Manitoba for 27 years at the same agency; Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council/Welcome Place where she is now the Director of Settlement Services. She has an extended knowledge about immigration and refugee policies and a long time experience in the front line settlement work with Government Assisted Refugees, Privately Sponsored Refugees and Refugee Claimants. She initiated and implemented the Ambassador Program pilot project in many schools in Winnipeg and, as at that time the Manger of Volunteer Program, was responsible for the Ethno- cultural Dinners which introduced different community groups to the general public.
In her present work at MIIC she focuses on refugee integration, newcomers’ needs and access to services, children’s adaptation to school environment and cross cultural communication. Through presentations and workshops she promotes the vision of the welcoming community and creates the awareness about refugee issues in a general public. She is passionate about professional development of the settlement sector, including interpretation, and is a member of the Regional Professional Development Committee as the Manitoba Settlement Sector representative. She is a member of the National Immigration and Settlement Working Group under the umbrella of Canadian Council for Refugees and is actively involved in various local and national projects focused on refugee settlement. She is a certified Polish and Russian interpreter.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


5F – Supporting Ourselves and Each Other in the Trauma We Witness
Jennifer Heinrichs and Kari McCluskey

Vicarious trauma often occurs as a result of caring and identifying with the pain of others. Witnessing the struggles and hardships of students and their families can be difficult as we try to balance this difficult work with the many other responsibilities of daily life. This work can often feel isolating and exhausting. Taking the time to celebrate growth and even the smallest of successes can encourage and sustain vicarious resilience. This session will help to identify meaningful and difficult parts of the work we all share, how we are affected by it, and how we might help to support each other.

Bio: Jennifer Heinrichs is a Family Therapist who has been practicing in non-profit agencies and private practice since 2007. She is passionate about healing through trauma and loss, and empowering people to be the greatest version of themselves.  Kari McCluskey has been in the education field for 15 years, in the beginning providing social and academic programming for at-risk youth in alternative learning environments and in recent years as a coordinator and instructor in the Faculty of Education. Kari and Jennifer are the Vicarious Trauma/Resilience Initiative facilitators in the new pilot program at Aurora Family Therapy Centre.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20


5G – WRHA Crisis Response Service
Erika Hunzinger

Introductory presentation describing Crisis Response Centre, Mobile Crisis Services, Crisis Response Stabilization Unit and Post-Crisis Follow-up. Information will be provided on how to access WRHA Crisis Response Services as both service providers and for the public, types of services provided, and a case example.

Bio: Erika Hunzinger, O.T. Reg(MB), Mental Health Clinical Specialist for CRS. Erika has worked for CRS for 3 years as a front-line Crisis Clinician. She has been in her current role for the past year; which involves ensuring evidence-based standards of practice, staff education, collaboration with other WRHA services and community organizations, and promotion of recovery-oriented services.

Maximum Participants for the session: 20

Registration

Register online here: https://memberlink.mbteach.org/Event.axd?e=969

Conference Fee: $80
Membership Fee: $25
Membership + Conference Fee: $65
Student Fee: $25

Parking is available in the North parking lot as well as on Tamarac Bay, Burntwood Cres., Cyril Pl., and Stillwater Rd as the parking limit has been lifted. Please refrain from using the community club parking lot on the south side of the school.