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KWMC Inclusion Series

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This project provides mainly local area practicum interns the opportunity to develop the knowledge, sensitivity and skill to practice more effectively with clients who are new immigrants and/or members of diverse cultural groups. As a result, students will develop an increased understanding of the cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity issues they will encounter throughout their future careers as social workers.

Who Can Participate
Interns in the first placement or in the advanced standing placement may elect to be in this project, which is in winter and spring terms. Attending the KWMC Inclusion Series counts towards the student's practicum hours.

Program Components
Interns attend their placement at an agency based on their stream. Students in the KWMC Inclusion Series participate in 7 to 8 seminars. Each seminar is held during the afternoon for approximately 3 hours per seminar. These hours count towards the student's placement.

Students interested in participating in the KWMC Inclusion Series must do so during the planning phase of their practicum. This can be done by indicating interest in the series when completing their profiles on the Field Placement Portal.

Once the placements are announced, the practicum office shares the list of all interested students with the KW Multicultural Centre who contacts the students to facilitate participation in the program.

Interns who participate in this project receive a formal certificate of participation at the completion of the placement.

Tentative Seminar Topics
Some of the seminar topics include:

  • Immigration and refugee policy and practice
  • Working with an interpreter
  • Recovery from trauma
  • Trauma recovery in practice
  • Counselling support for newcomers
  • Pathways to mental health
  • Spirituality and social work