Social Work Month 2020

Social Work Month Poster

Due to the evolving situation related to COVID-19, NLASW has made the decision to cancel all upcoming CE events until further notice.  Our hope is to reschedule these events at some point in the future.

Throughout the month of March, social workers from across the country will celebrate National Social Work Month.  The 2020 theme is United by Diversity, Strengthened by Inclusion.   

A range of continuing professional education (CPE) and networking events will be occurring  throughout the month. An event flyer was forwarded by email to all NLASW members on February 14.  Event details have also been added to the event listing section of our website. Also check out the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) website for additional information regarding National Social Work Month including details regarding their Social Work Month contest.  

In recognition of Social Work Month, NLASW Board President, Henry Kielley, released the following message:

Diversity and inclusion have long served as cornerstones of the social work  profession, and this is reflected in the 2020 theme for National Social Work Month - United by Diversity,Strengthened by Inclusion.

There are over 1500 Registered Social Workers (RSW’s) employed in diverse areas of practice throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. This includes direct clinical practice, community development, health promotion, policy development, administrative practice, and research. Using their knowledge, skills and expertise, social workers embrace diversity and are committed to providing truly inclusive services that make meaningful and positive impacts on our communities. The NLASW website has a wealth of information that highlights the role social workers in these diverse areas and provides the public with information and clarity on what they can expect when seeking social work services.

Social workers understand the social determinants of health and are committed to and passionate about advancing public policy through a social justice framework. Social workers challenge social injustices such as poverty, oppression, discrimination and violence, advocate for changes in the best interest of clients, and offer creative solutions to address the social, structural and physical issues that impact on people’s lives.

Social workers uphold common values and adhere to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice regardless of their area of practice. Ethical, competent, diligent and principled, social workers embrace excellence in their work to enhance the health and social well-being of individuals, families and communities here in Newfoundland and Labrador and across national and international jurisdictions.

Over the month of March, social workers will be sharing their expertise through the delivery of many continuing professional education events. As a social worker, I am proud of the calibre of the work that social workers are engaged in throughout the province and these sessions really highlight the knowledge and skills of social workers in this province.

As President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers, I am honoured to say that I am a Registered Social Worker and part of such a diverse and inclusive profession.

Happy Social Work Month!