National Social Work Month 2017: The Power to Empower

March is National Social Work Month!

And the theme adopted by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) Board for the 2017 celebrations is: The Power to Empower. 

National Social Work Month gives all social workers in Canada an occasion to celebrate our social ideals and values, and to tell the world around us that this is what we believe in.

To highlight and give thanks to our many social workers, we wish to share with you the Proclamation published by the CASW, the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators, as well as a list of upcoming Webinars hosted by the CASW.

Proclamation: Celebrate Social Work’s Power to Empower

Social workers’ greatest strength and greatest responsibility is the Power to Empower: from helping communities organize and move through change, to planning and delivering social programs, as well as responding to crisis on the front lines, social workers promote mental health, support families, and engage with communities for a better Canada. Celebrated each year in March, this year’s National Social Work Month comes at a time marked by change and uncertainty.

Social workers throughout our history have been at the forefront of movements for social change and human rights; movements that, without vigilance, could now begin to erode. More than ever, it is social workers’ responsibility to use the power derived from working in solidarity to protect, advocate, and stand alongside those whose rights may come under threat.

Equipped with a Code of Ethics that honours self-determination and the elimination of barriers between service user and clinician, education that fosters empathy and humility, and a community of peers who believe deeply in the inherent power of social justice, social workers are ideally positioned to help Canadians successfully overcome the challenges ahead.

Social workers know not only the power of therapeutic relationships, but also the power of consciousness raising and social justice. Most of all, social workers know the changes that can take place when individuals and communities are empowered through self-determination and respect.

During this time of great political change, in which many feel unsafe or overlooked, social work is the profession that pursues social justice as a key tenet of practice.

Archived and Upcoming Webinars 

Ethics in Social Work Webinar Series:

Youth and Marijuana Webinar Series

Indigenous Perspectives & Social Work Series

Make sure to visit the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), for more archived and upcoming webinars.