Advocacy / Publications
Advocating for progressive social policies is fundamental to our work as social workers. ACSW supports social workers through committee structures, annual conference, publications and special initiatives. In addition, we create and participate in coalitions with government representatives and social policy partners to advance social justice.
ACSW publishes a quarterly magazine each year entitled, The Advocate. The Advocate is one of the primary communication means used to inform our membership of the College activities as well as current issues of relevance to social workers in Alberta. Each issue includes a number of regular features, such as Around Our Province, A Day in the Life of a Social Worker and Ethics in Action, and a list of upcoming activities and conferences. Additional articles related to practice and social issues.
Social workers interested in writing an article for The Advocate should contact the Membership Activities Coordinator - North and refer to the ‘Share your knowledge' document.
The Advocate Editorial Board
Members of the Editorial Board meet on a quarterly basis. Board members review feedback received from the previous issue, discuss feature article ideas and article submissions.
Editorial Board Members:
Cindy Haugen and Samuel Mammen (co-chairs), Michelle Humeny, Tasha Novick, Sherri Tanchuk, Andrea Newberry-Koroluk, Bukola Salami, Cardinal Fomradas and Darnel Forro.
Editorial services provided by Bird Communications: www.birdcommunications.ca.
Please forward all submissions to Charity Lui, Membership Activities Team Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACSW Social Policy Framework 2010: Visioning a more equitable and just Alberta report is a discussion paper that highlights the impact of economic growth and social cohesion.
"Alberta is at a crossroad. This report has highlighted what it means to have economic growth at the expense of social cohesion. With over 80
The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is both the designated regulatory body for the practice of social work in Alberta and the professional association representing the interests of social workers within the province.
- To promote, regulate and govern the profession of social work in the province of Alberta
- To advocate for skilled and ethical social work practices
- To advocate for policies, programs
andservices that promote the profession and protect the best interests of the public
The ACSW provides many services to its membership. They include:
- Promoting the profession through lobbying and public education
- Promoting opportunities for collegial networking and communication
- Providing timely information and professional publications
- Providing access to group insurance rates
- Organizing conferences and workshops
The ACSW is linked with many related organizations including: the Canadian Association of Social Workers, the International Federation of Social Workers, the Association of Social Work Boards, the Federation of Regulated Health Professions, the Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, Arusha, Canada Without Poverty, the Canadian Council on Social Development, the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Friends of Medicare, the Greater Edmonton Alliance, the Public Interest Alberta and the Parkland Institute.
ACSW contact information:
Charity Lui MSW RSW
Membership Activities Team Lead
Toll free: 1-800-661-3089 (Alberta Only)
Toll free fax: 1-866-874-8931 (Alberta Only)
Alberta College of Social Workers
#550-10707 100 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5J 3M1
The Alberta College of Social Workers has established collaborative relationships with a variety of organizations in an effort to keep abreast of issues and activities that affect the social work profession. This network serves to inform the ACSW of policies, programs, services and initiatives of interest to social workers. The ACSW supports the following organizations through paid memberships, through official representation or through participation in activities/events. Detailed information about each organization is available by accessing the specified website.
Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (AAMIMH)The Alberta Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (AAMIMH) is a coalition of consumers, family members, advocates and professionals whose mandate is to unify and strengthen the voice of mental health and mental illness in the community. They strive to ensure that these issues are prominent on social policy and health agendas, for a system that reflects best practices and is responsive to the needs of all Albertans affected by mental illness.
Canada Without Poverty (CWP)Canada Without Poverty (CWP) is a federally incorporated, non-partisan, not-for-profit and charitable organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty in Canada. In 2008 they adopted a new mission, vision and values statements. Acting on the belief that poverty is a violation of human rights and that poverty elimination is a human rights obligation, their work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to influence public policy to prevent and alleviate poverty.
Canada Council on Social Development (CCSD)The Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, which was founded in 1920. Their mission is to develop and promote progressive social policies inspired by social justice, equality and the empowerment of individuals and communities.
Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC)The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization that provides leadership to the community and its organizations in addressing social issues and effecting changes to social policy.
Friends of Medicare (FOM)The Friends of Medicare (FOM) is a coalition of individuals, service organizations, social justice groups, unions, associations, and churches representing various sectors of our communities seeking to raise public awareness on concerns relating to medical care in Alberta.
The Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA)The Greater Edmonton Alliance (GEA) is a broad‐based citizens organization which works to connect, train, and organize the communities of Greater Edmonton across religious,
Parkland InstituteThe Parkland Institute is an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. It operates within the established and distinctive tradition of Canadian political economy and is non-partisan
Public Interest Alberta (PIA)Public Interest Alberta (PIA) is a new provincial advocacy organization for public interest issues. It was founded in June 2004 to serve as a vehicle through which to foster in Albertans an understanding of and commitment to the importance of public services, institutions
- Canadian Council on Social Development
- Complex trauma - caregivers
- Complex trauma - facts / homeless / shelters
- Complex trauma - facts / homeless / youth
- Disability WebLinks
- Ethics In The Helping Professions - Dalhousie University
- Foreign Credential Assessment and Social Work in Canada (2012)
- Institute For Social Research - York University
- National Institute for Social Work
- Non-Profit Website Directory
- Psychology Resources -
Universityof Western Australia, School of Psychology
- Site TS francais
auQuébec - Travail social + Suite de Sites Soutien Social
- Social Science Search
- Social Work Resource Directory - School of Social Welfare University of California, Berkeley
- Supervision: The Cornerstone for Caseworkers to Flourish - ACSW Report(2014)
- Pet Safekeeping Program – Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (Temporary placement for pets belonging to victims of domestic violence.)
Specialty Associations or Organizations of Social Work
- Association of Oncological Social Workers
- American Association of Marriage and Family
- Computer User in the Social Services Network
- Council of Nephrology Social Workers
- Council on Social Work Education
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Caucus - Boston University School of Social Work Student Organization
- National Network
forSocial Work Managers
- North American Association of Christians in Social Work
Social Services and Community Action
- Canadian AIDS Society Homepage / CSC Page Principal
- Centre international pour le développement de l’inforouteenfrançais
- Family Service Canada
- Government of Alberta
- Government of Canada
- Human Resource and Development Canada - Resources Humaines + Employment & Social Development Canada
- Social Development Network - Association for Progressive Communications
- SOLIDARITY - Socialism - Feminism - Activism - Labor - Institute for Global Communications
- Statistics Canada
Social Work Periodicals
Child Abuse Prevention and Child Welfare Issues
- Adoption Network
- Canadian Child Care Federation
- Child Abuse Prevention Network
- Children Now - Resources on Children's Issues
- Child Welfare Resource Centre - Youth in Care Canada
- Zero to Three - National Centre for Infants, Toddlers
Health, Mental Health
and Substance Abuse
- Alberta Health Services
- Alberta Health Services - Healthy Minds Healthy Children
- Canadian Centre
- Canada Public Health Association Home
- Cord Blood Banking
- Cord Blood Guide.com
- FASD Prevention Conversation: A Shared Responsibility
- Health Canada - Santé Canada
- Mental Health Net
- National Panic/Anxiety Disorder
- The Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology - Pan-Canadian Clinical Practice Guideline
- University of South Dakota Disaster Mental Health Institute
Resources for Seniors
- Service Provider Resource Guide - August 2011
- Supporting the caregivers of seniors through policy - The Caregiver Policy Lens - August 2011
- The Caregiver Toolkit