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Session Overview
Workshops 4-5: Rediscovering Personal and Social Resilience from a Developmental and Political Perspective - A Biographical Research Workshop Using the Timeline Approach with Social Work Students; @EMPRSocialwork: Bridging and empowering social workers through social me
Thursday, 17/June/2021:
12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Parallel Session 3

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Rediscovering Personal and Social Resilience from a Developmental and Political Perspective - A Biographical Research Workshop Using the Timeline Approach with Social Work Students

Heike Stammer, Annette Franke, Melinda Madew

Protestant University of Applied Science, Ludwigsburg, Germany, Germany

“Resilience” is defined as the psychological adaptation to adverse circumstances and/or critical life events. It represents a dynamic and individual constellation of risk and protective factors persons develop or get from their environment over the life course. Timelines as a stimulating visual tool in life history research, assist social workers in exploring important life events and social contexts within themselves, as well as that of their clients. The timeline method enables individuals to create their personal chronological lifelines in relation to specific questions which disclose personal and social resources – hence forming their resilience. From a social work perspective, it is also necessary to address the historical and political dimensions of resilience. This presentation will introduce how an online resilience workshop was undertaken in 2020, using inclusive interview methods in life history research. This timeline workshop proceeded in three phases with more than a hundred students from eight international universities as they dealt with family, education and career prospects. The effectiveness of this participatory workshop succeeded in eliciting personal and social resources that were necessary in dealing with individual and societal obstacles. This presentation will likewise provide examples in using the timeline approach as these have been developed and tested as educational tools. A Resilience model to support the analysis of the timelines will be demonstrated.

@EMPRSocialwork: Bridging and empowering social workers through social media in times of pandemic.

Ani Dingamtar1, Oleksandr Kondrashov2

1Thompson Rivers University; 2Thompson Rivers University

Harnessing technology to increase community connections and social participation are the modern challenges that social work educators and practitioners need to address effectively. One way to become more familiar with digital technologies is to use them for professional and personal reasons. As we become more digitally connected, social media's role in social work education and practice needs to be explored. Social media provides social workers with unique opportunities to communicate with colleagues in Canada and around the world. Through Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, social work practitioners, and educators, educators can share information and resources in real-time, particularly in times of pandemic.

To help social work educators become more familiar with these technologies, we have created a 90-minute practice-oriented, interactive session to illustrate a set of techniques for creating and managing Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts through the use of @EMPRSocialWork campaign. EMPRSocialWork is a social media campaign to engage social workers and allies worldwide to collectively create a list of individual empowerment tools through the use of images and story-telling and to disseminate them effectively among social work communities of practice. The campaign aims to break down distance barriers amongst social workers through the use of empowerment tools. Empowerment tools are personal growth activities that are used over time to create a sense of self-worth, personal and professional accountability, and generate power within an individual.

The learning objectives of the interactive workshop will be

• to examine empowerment tools and how they can be shared via social media

• to empower oneself through creating relevant social media posts; and

• to utilize social media for resource dissemination and connection building amongst social work students, educators, and practitioners in times of pandemic.

During the workshop participants will learn how to create posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using Canva and Buffer apps and share those tools to empower social workers locally and globally. Please bring your laptop to the session to practice the use of tools to enhance your social media digital literacy.

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