A workshop and group discussion was held at the Easter Seals Building involving alumni and faculty of Memorial University's School of Social Work, as well as professionals in the field of Social Work. The topic of discussion was how Social Work Education had influenced how individuals had practiced Social Work based on their own experiences. Nearly thirty participants were placed in three groups. Themes of an over-arching moral responsibility, the framework and tools that Social Work education provides, and the diversity of career paths opened by formal Social Work education were identified.
This workshop was funded by the Public Engagement Quick Start Fund, and is an extension of the research conducted by Dr. Donna Hardy Cox, Dean of the School of Social Work, Dr. Michelle Sullivan, Associate Dean (Retired), and David Stephens, Research Assistant. The research team has been chronicling the history of Social Work and Social Work Education in Newfoundland and Labrador. A series of historical Posters has been produced based on their research and was presented at the International Small Islands Cultures Conference in St. John's, NL on June 18th 2017.