Faculty of Social Work Students, on Calgary Campus

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Research on Aging in Community and Accessibility Among Older Adults

The goal of the project is to engage with seniors in their respective communities in relation to aging in community and accessing health, social, and daily services and the associated challenges.

We are looking for two participants per community from the following selected communities: 

• Skyview Ranch (NE) 
• SaddleRidge (NE)
• Pineridge (NE)
• Marlborough (NE) 
• Abbeydale (NE)
• Forest Lawn (SE)
• Chinatown (Downtown)
• Varsity (NW)
• Hounsfield Heights/BriarHill (NW) 
• ShawneeSlopes (SW) 

 An honorarium of $100 will be provided for all chosen participants at the end of study. 

Who are we looking for? 

  • 65 years of age or older 
  • Have lived in your community for
    more than 6 months 
  • Comfortable walking in your
    community with or without
    assistive devices 
  • Interested and willing to use a

NOTE: Potential for assistance with taking photos and walking with participants! 

If you have questions about this research and/or are interested in participating, please contact lead researcher Dr. Yeonjung Lee below.

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Did you know there is a Social Work and Disaster Network? Social work students and practitioners are invited to join! The network aims to facilitate collaboration and to build the capacity of social workers through peer support and disaster training opportunities.  To learn more join us on Facebook at Social Work and Disaster Network (SWAD) or email us at: swadnetwork@gmail.com.

Have you completed research methods and have an interest in gerontology? Senior Instructor Emerita, Julie Kearns, MEd, is looking for a graduate student available in the next three weeks to conduct short telephone interviews with older adults for a senior's organization she involved with.

We are looking for registered social workers who:

  • Are currently practicing in Alberta
  • Have at least five years post-graduate experience (social work diploma or degree)
  • Work primarily with adults
  • Self-identify as intentionally and regularly using spirituality in their practice, according to client’s belief system

We are asking participants to participate in an interview (approximately one hour in length) via phone or Zoom© to discuss their use of spirituality in practice.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jill  Ciesielski by email: jill.ciesielski@ucalgary.ca   

This study is part of an MSW thesis through the University of Calgary and has been approved by the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) at the University of Calgary (REB21-0812). 

PhD student, Alison Grittner is recruiting participants for the arts-based study: Co-Creating Spatial Justice: A Feminist Design Ethnography of Sex Workplaces in Calgary, Canada.

Email inquiries to: research@creatingspatialjustice.ca

Help us improve mental health and prevent suicide among university student

We are looking for:

  • Current University of Calgary students between 17 and 29 years old who experienced a mental health concern or condition, problematic substance use, and/or suicidal thoughts and/or behaviours during their first and/or second year of undergraduate studies.

You will be asked to:

  • Fill out a short questionnaire to determine if you are eligible to participate.
  • Take part in a 60‐minute group discussion about recommendations for mental health resources. This will be done on Zoom.
  • Complete two short online surveys that will take about 10 minutes to finish.

Other information:

  • You will NOT be asked to discuss details about your mental health experiences.
  • Your participation and data will be confidential and will not be shared with anyone.
  • You will receive a $20 e-gift card for your participation.

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The University of Calgary Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board has approved this research study. REB21‐0521.

The SIM Social Work Research Lab, Canada’s only simulation based social work research lab is currently seeking participants for their study, Knowing and Not Knowing: Navigating Uncertainty in Social Work Practice. The purpose of this research is to understand how social workers across different professional stages and experiences navigate uncertainty with the hopes to guide the development of clinical practice pedagogies. This project is being led by myself, Dr. Sarah Todd, joined by Co-Investigators Dr. Kenta Asakura and Dr. Pamela Grassau.

Participation in this study is virtual and involves engaging with 2 simulated clients for 30-minutes each, followed by a 30-45-minute reflective dialogue with a researcher for each of the 2 simulations. Approximately 3 hours time is being requested for participation. The simulated interviews and the reflective dialogue will be recorded.

In appreciation for the time and effort of your participation, we are offering $80 for MSW students, $100 for new MSW graduates, and $150 for experienced practitioners in compensation. The ethics protocol of this project was reviewed by the Carleton University Ethics Board, as outlined in the attached.

If you are interested in participating, require any accommodations to participate, or have any questions at all, please contact our Research Assistant, Ruxi Gheorghe, at ruxi.gheroghe@carleton.ca.

Research Assistant Opportunity - Men's Stories of Personal Transformation for Gender Justice

The research uses an international decolonial research process with a community based participatory action research approach with partners in Canada, Pakistan, the Caribbean, and Nepal. The research assistant (MSW or PhD student or BSW student with research experience) will be familiar with or interested in learning about narrative inquiry, have experience in preparing peer reviewed journal articles, able to recruit, interview, participate in data analysis, and writing community reports. 

Direct supervisors: Jeff Halvorsen, PhD (candidate) and Liza Lorenzetti, Associate Professor, FSW, Ucalgary

Please email Resume or CV to Jeffery.halvorsen@ucalgary.ca and include one paragraph or up to five bullet points with relevant experience/training

Lunch time FSW Research Series coming Fall, 2021

Starting in October 2021, the Faculty will offer monthly 'lunch hour' research sessions on Zoom for faculty and sessional instructors, doctoral students and MSW thesis students (and interested others). The series will intersperse research topical sessions with opportunities (every second month) for doctoral students and MSW thesis students to present to us all on their research. 

Join via Zoom: https://ucalgary.zoom.us/j/96406902023 
Passcode: 716870

Presentations/sessions all from Noon to 1 pm:

Dec 15

Christine Walsh: Applications of Participatory Research Methods: Digital Storytelling

Jan 19

Student research presentations

·   Brooke Allemang: Partnering with Young Adults in Health Research: Lessons Learned from the READY2Exit Study
·    Maria Socorro Mangila-Nguyen: Narratives of 1.5G Filipinx Youth Negotiating Ethno-Cultural Identities in Metro Vancouver

Feb 9

Student Presentations

·   Jill Ciesielski: Exploring Perspectives of Social Work Practitioners Using Spirituality in Practice
·   Erin Leveque and Maimuna Khan: Theorizing Madness: Welcoming Mad Studies to Social Work Research and Practice
·   Jill Hoselton: White Femininity in Community-Based Social Work: A Critical Autoethnography and Discourse Analysis

Feb 16

Linda Kreitzer: Facilitating International research as a Canadian: Opportunities and Challenges

Mar 16

Student Presentations

·    Zipporah Greenslade Racial Consciousness as Incidental to Social Work Education: A Critical Race Analysis of Transformative Learning
·    Amber Young: Thinking about Sound as Method in Autism Research

Apr 13

Student Presentations

·    Jen Merrick: Sense of Self in Mind and Body: A Trauma-informed Narrative Inquiry of Life Stories Told by Women with ADHD
·    Emma De Vynck: Exploring Spiritual Distress: The Experiences of Women of Evangelical Christian Backgrounds
·    Sandy Rao: Access for Mood Disorders: An Unfair Race

Apr 20

Natalie St-Denis: Indigenous Storytelling: Coming to Know Stories as Medicine

May 18

Student Presentations

·    Christina Tortorelli: Challenges and Opportunities for Knowledge Dissemination in Child Welfare Research
·     Serge Nyirinkwaya: Developing and Pilot Testing a Tree of Life Narrative Informed Intervention to Prevent and Respond to Adolescent Dating Violence in Co-educational High Schools in Rwanda

Jun 15

COVID-19 Impact Panel - Research Initiatives: Gina Dimitropoulos, Heather Boynton, Patricia Samson, Jeannette Waegemakers Shiff, Jennifer Hewson.

Black Woman

Black Women's Experiences With the Police in Alberta.

Do you self-identify as a Black female? Are you 18 years old or older? Have you had a previous or current experience with the police? If you answered yes to the above questions, we would like to invite you to participate in a one to one interview that lasts for two hour

Black Man

Study to examine Black people's experience

Faculty of Social Work researchers are looking for participants who identify as Black, willing to share their experiences of racism and discrimination on the University of Calgary campus. Participation involves a short (10-15 min.) online survey.


Student Invitation: Trauma Informed Pedagogy

BSW and MSW students are invited to participate in a research study titled “Understanding Trauma Informed Pedagogy in Online Education during Turbulent Times.” The study involves participating in a 20-minute online survey about your student experience. In order to participate we ask that you have taken at least one online course.

Digital storytelling

Do you want to learn video editing, audio & multimedia skills?

We are recruiting both participants and peer facilitators for the project: Digital storytelling: An intervention model for inclusion and capacity building among youth with developmental disabilities.


  • Self-identify as a person with a developmental disability
  • Between 18 - 30 years of age
  • Enrolled in a full or part-time post-secondary program
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  • Self-identify as a person with a developmental disability
  • Between 18 - 30 years of age
  • Are facing a potential change in school, work, and/or community living in the next 12 - 24 months.
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