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UCalgary Social Work Podcast

UCalgary Social Work Podcast

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A podcast from the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work. UCalgary FSW is the largest faculty of social work in Canada, consistently ranked among the top 15 schools in research across North America.
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Dr. Katharina Manassis, M.D., FRCPC

UCalgary Social Work Podcast

Youth Researchers
A follow-up to last November's episode, Integrating the Voices of Youth in Clinical Training Approaches. This time around, Dr. Angelique Jenney and PhD candidate Olivia Cullen are joined by team member Laura Shiels and six youth co-researchers: Ann Marie, Liv, Katelyn, Mackenzie, Victoria and Rebekah! A must listen for researchers working with youth. Dr. Jenney recently celebrated her fifth anniversary as the Research Chair at Wood's Homes – the first community-based chair in children's mental health in Canada. Learn more here!
May 11, 2022
What Black Canadians and African Refugees REALLY need for their mental health
So what would your mental health be like if your children were separated from you, living in a refugee camp halfway around the world? Or, how do you think your mental health would suffer if you lived your life under suspicion? Arbitrarily pulled over by police or followed around shops by store-owners who assume you’re a thief? Dr. Régine Uwibereyeho King, PhD was troubled by the descriptions she saw of African newcomers in academic literature. They are frequently described with terms like: “very vulnerable ... unable to fit in ... or traumatized people from Africa.” This didn't fit the people she knew and worked with as a social worker. So she set out to discover what really impacted their mental health; how they tried to deal with the stressors in their lives, and what the solutions might be, to make things better.  Her research has taken her from Toronto, to Winnipeg and currently Alberta, where she is an Associate Professor, and researcher with the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work. 
March 07, 2022
Dr. Karl Tomm
Dr. Jane Matheson, PhD, the former CEO of Woods Homes and a sessional instructor and adjunct professor in the Faculty of Social Work interviews internationally renowned psychiatrist Dr. Karl Tomm, MD. Join Dr. Tomm for “Questions as Interventions,” a Lunch & Learn presentation hosted by the Faculty of Social Work’s Post-Masters Couple and Family Therapy program. Friday, March 19, noon. Free registration here. Learn more about the Post-Masters Certificate and Diploma in Couple and Family Therapy here.
February 25, 2022
Ask an Alumna: Reena Samra
Ask an alumna! Edmonton campus grad Reena Samra (BSW '18, MSW '21), who was recently name a Top 40 Under 40 recipient by EDify Magazine, joins us to talk about her social work journey, which includes initiatives such as trauma-informed yoga and Soulidarity, a support group for immigrant women offered through the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton in partnership with the Islamic Family and Social Services Association. • Are you interested in pursuing a BSW with UCalgary?Join in on one of our free, online info sessions, which you can register for over on our events page.
January 07, 2022
Experiences of Anti-Black Racism at the University of Calgary
Faculty of Social Work Assistant Professor Dr. Patrina Duhaney, PhD, breaks down the findings of the recent study Experiences of Anti-Black Racism at the University of Calgary. Visit the Anti-Black Racism Task Force here. Read the task force's Action Plan here.
November 23, 2021
Integrating the Voices of Youth in Clinical Training Approaches
UCalgary FSW professor Dr. Angelique Jenney and PhD candidate and sessional instructor Olivia Cullen discuss a new study that aims to give children and youth a voice in developing counselling approaches for working with children exposed to intimate partner violence (CEIPV).
November 12, 2021
MSW in Community Development
An interview with recent graduate Jennie Gurnett about her MSW in International & Community Development. As Jennie discovered, this mostly online, macro-focus, MSW specialization gives you the tools required to work in community development in inner-city Edmonton - or in communities around the world. 
October 18, 2021
The Cut of It
The Cut of It is a film based on research by UCalgary FSW Associate Professor Dr. Kathleen Sitter on patient experiences with breast cancer treatment. Its' cast features participants from the study alongside the likes of Mary Walsh (This Hour has 22 minutes) and Mayko Nguyen (Rookie Blue). Dr. Sitter, along with the The Cut of It writer Meghan Greeley and director Ruth Lawrence, join the podcast to talk about the study, the film, and the play which preceded it. The Cut of It premieres on Oct. 22 online and you can watch for free at To learn more about the research project that inspired the film, visit
October 15, 2021
Lawrence Murphy - Doing Therapy Online
Lawrence Murphy, the founder of Worldwide Therapy Online, joins the podcast to discuss his pioneering work in the field and to talk about important considerations for those involved or considering doing online counselling. On Oct 22., Mr. Murphy will lead a special half-day webinar entitled "Doing Therapy Online," jointly offered by UCalgary and Alberta Health Services. Learn more/register here.
October 06, 2021
Connecting to Protect
Dr. Jocelyn Monsma Selby, founder and co-chair of Connecting to Protect, speaks to the goals of her organization's upcoming virtual, global summit, which aims to protect children from online pornography by inviting a public health response. Summit presenter Dr. Marc Potenza of the Yale University School of Medicine discusses what science has to say about the impacts of online pornography on the brain. Connecting to Protect is supported by the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work. Learn more.
September 21, 2021
UCalgary Recovery Community
UCalgary Faculty of Social Work Associate Professor Dr. Victoria Burns discusses the newly launched UCalgary Recovery Community (UCRC). In conjunction with Recovery Month, the UCRC is officially launching this September with the following no-cost activities. · Sep 15 – Information Coffee Cart, 11 am – 2 pm in the TFDL Quad · Sep 19 – Recovery Day Calgary Booth, 11 am – 2 pm at Olympic Plaza. For more information about Recovery Day, please visit · Sep 27 – Recovery Yoga, 12 pm – 1 pm over Zoom · UCRC Kickoff Meeting, TBD For register for events, to join the UCRC listserv, or simply for more information, contact:
September 03, 2021
Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard
Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard joins us to talk about her remarkable life and career, and the new Faculty of Social Work scholarship named in her honour. The annual Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard Leadership Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Black FSW undergraduate who has demonstrated leadership in their community. For more about this award, visit:   We welcome your feedback! Reach us at
August 02, 2021
Dr. Katharina Manassis, M.D., FRCPC
Assessing mental health problems in children and youths is complex. Losing sight of the need to nurture therapeutic relationships while doing so is all too common. Today's guest, Dr. Katharina Manassis, an acclaimed author, certified child psychiatrist and University of Toronto professor emerita, will be leading an online professional development course offered through UCalgary which will help participants master these challenges. To learn more, visit or drop us a line: fswcomms[at]ucalgary[dot]ca.
July 09, 2021
Social Work and Disaster Network
An interview with UCalgary FSW professor Dr. Julie Drolet about the June 22 launch of SWAD -- the Social Work and Disaster Network. Visit here for more information and registration:
June 12, 2021