OASW invites you to join us daily in March from 12:00pm-1:00pm EST to attend engaging seminars from practitioners, leaders and researchers on a variety of relevant topics to enhance your social work practice. Members get free and discounted access, so join today and learn more.

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Digital Poster Presentations have been pre-recorded as video presentations on leading innovations in research and practice. We will be sharing new videos weekly leading up to and throughout the Seminar Series, so check back often for updates!


PRESENTED BY: Amina Hussain, BSc, MSW, PhD Student

"Social Work Leadership Competencies for Effective Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Care: A Scoping Review"

Leadership skills are an integral part of effective social work practice. Social work practice requires leadership skills to support and advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations at micro, meso, and macro levels of care. Social work leadership skills are also essential for implementing client centred care within service provision models that are often compelled to meet corporate, organizational, and political pressures (Jones & Phillips, 2016). Yet, the current landscape of social work leadership research has been limited, particularly within the domains of mental health care. This poster outlines a scoping review conducted across six databases, to address the research questions: (1) What are essential leadership competencies for effective social work practice in health and mental health care? (2) What social work leadership competencies are identified as supportive for clients and families seeking treatment? (3) How do leadership skills support effective service delivery, team decision making, team dynamics, and social workers provision of care? (4) What are key recommendations for improving leadership competencies among social workers practicing in health and mental health settings? 

PRESENTED BY: MaryKay MacVicar, BSW & Monica Forresterr

"The Community Harm Reduction Response"

The poster depicts a project model which is a collaboration that promotes and enhances community-based capacity for low threshold harm reduction services. The model relies centrally on peer engagement in programming: anchored in multiple community service agencies, delivered at sites frequented by the key population, and offering a range of supports, services and referrals. The initiative has created a hub of expertise: peer training and supports, support for organizational planning and change, shared data collection and opportunities for collective learning and quality assurance. Significant project outcomes include: 10 participating organizations located across the GTA 20 Harm Reduction Peer Workers trained and employed through project activities Engagement of the key population in harm reduction programs and services Extensive monitoring and evaluation activities centred in participatory methods.