SOCIAL SHOWCASE - The Social Work Society of Red Deer College recently held a social work showcase to show the good work of social workers in the community. Photo Submitted

RDC Social Work Society shows good work of students

Showcase highlights good work of social workers in Central Alberta

The Social Work Society of Red Deer College recently held their Social Work Showcase to help the community better understand the many things social workers do in the community.

“We wanted to challenge some of the misconceptions about social work and show the community the different ways that social workers work in the community and support clients in different populations,” Organizer Keira Shendaruk said. “We displayed some of the past and current work of social work students.”

Many of the works presented at the showcase were of the artistic nature, showing that there are many forms that social work takes in the community.

“There were a lot of artistic pieces that represent the populations we work with and the struggles that they have,” she said. “We showcased the innovative and collaborative ways we work with clients.

“We even had an art therapy table to showcase the type of work we do that people don’t think about like art therapy, music therapy, cognitive therapy, pet therapy and all kinds of other things.”

The point of the event was to remove the sometimes negative perceptions of social workers.

“The perception can often be that social workers only work in child welfare taking children away from families,” Shendaruk said. “Social workers definitely work in the area of child welfare, but there are many other things that people don’t think about such as an outreach, seniors, addictions and a lot of different services and fields.”

Recognizing how many different populations are struggling and need assistance can increase understanding of the work of social workers and also empathy towards the populations they work with, according to Shendaruk.

“There are so many people in our community that are struggling financially, psychologically, with mental health, with addiction and struggles within families like domestic violence,” she said. “There are a lot of people being taken advantage of and having a hard time time coping.

“Social workers are there to act as a liaison for them, connecting them with where they need to be connected and helping them develop coping skills and strategies.”

She added, “It was planned a little bit short notice. We would have loved to involve the community a bit more and next time we have an event, we will promote it more than we were able to this time.”

Like us on facebook at follow us on twitter at

Just Posted

Generals look to finish off Eagles Wednesday night

Lacombe currently leads Stony Plain 3-1 in best-of-seven

Lacombe Legion will be presenting the award-winning play Jake’s Gift

Acclaimed play has received rave reviews from critics and audience members alike

Lacombe County reminds ice fishers to ‘Take it off’

Campaign is intended to remind anglers to remove their huts from central Albertan lakes

Innisfail RCMP arrests two

Suspects attempted to flee but their vehicle got stuck in the snow

Lacombe City Council begins Strategic Planning

Community input coming soon in planning process

Herr Lecture Series focuses in on global refugee crisis

Amnesty International Canada Secretary-General Alex Neve was in Lacombe Sunday

Alberta budget plans for Trans Mountain expansion

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says expected revenues will be factored into budget forecasts

Proposed gun bill attacked by gun owners and shooting victims

The federal government tabled the bill today in order to tighten the sale and tracking of firearms

Sea lion with rope wrapped around neck saved by Vancouver Aquarium

Steller sea lions are a species of special concern and some populations are endangered in parts of Alaska

Three-car pile-up on Northstar Drive and 58th Street

No injuries reported at Thursday afternoon incident

50-million-year-old fossil found in B.C. town makes history

Paleontologist Dr. Bruce Archibald says Princeton, B.C. is becoming famous for giving up rare fossils

Not even Ellen DeGeneres can get Virtue, Moir to say they’re more than friends

Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday

New Liberal bill would tighten controls on sale, licensing of firearms in Canada

Measures are intended to assist police in investigating gun trafficking and other crimes

Wetaskiwin-area burglars gain entry through patio doors, steal large clock

Wetaskiwin RCMP respond to break/enter and theft in County of Wetaskiwin

Most Read