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International Social Work Conference in Dublin: TRU is represented on both student and faculty levels!

Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development held in Royal Dublin Society, in Dublin, Ireland from 4th  to 8th July, 2018. It is the largest and the most recognized international social work conference where up to 2,500 practitioners, researchers and educators from around the world join together to explore the latest developments in social work and social development. SWSD 2018 Scientific Programme explored “Environmental and Community Sustainability: Human Solutions in Evolving Society” in the context of the UN Goals for Sustainable Development, 2016 – 2030.

This year I had the honor to join the TRU Professor Emerita, Dr. Jeanette Robertson, and TRU social work student Ani Dingamtar to be part of the TRU team and share my research on using memoir assignment in teaching international social work course with global social work community. I also was invited to share my current research on mapping Schools of Social Work around the World in the second presentation during the conference.

Here is a brief photo report from the conference:


I was fortunate to attend a major international social work conference with my student. It was even more meaningful to be the only social workers who were born in Ukraine: I am from Western Ukraine and Ani from Eastern Ukraine. As an individual life member of the IASSW from Ukraine, I hope one day there will be stronger Ukrainian presence at the international events but for now, I will keep raising the concerns Ukraine face while being at war with the neighbouring state to maintain its current borders. I am thankful for TRUSU funding that allowed Ani to offset some of the conference course and my annual professional development fund that partially covered my participation at the conference.

International Conferences allow me to connect with social workers from around the world. It is also a reunion opportunity where I meet my colleagues from both Canada and internationally that I admire and learn from every day to keep inspiring my students.

Thank you all for your inspiration, ideas, connection. Already looking forward to the next 2020 conference in both Rimini, Italy and Calgary, Canada. Hope by 2022 the unity will be restored!

Sasha Kondrashov, PhD

TRU had the highest social work student representation at the 2018 CASWE Conference in Regina.

This year TRU School of Social Work and Human Services set a new record for bringing 8 social work students to share their research and interact with other students across Canada at the Canadian Association for Social Work Education Conference (CASWE). Usually, Schools of Social Work across Canada send up to 2 students to represent them at the National level. However, due to exceptional activism, strong research preparation and financial support from the TRUSU Conference Grant, five TRU students were selected to share their research with social work educators across Canada and three other TRU students joined them to learn about innovations in social work education across Canada. Together with 5 faculty members many of whom presented their research at the conference, TRU was visible at every conference event.

Here is a photo report on some of the many events both TRU students and faculty participated at the CASWE 2018 Conference in Regina.

On the first photo the annual TRU dinner celebration where Faculty and Students shared a meal together. Unfortunately, Dr. Bala Nikku and Dr. Silvia Straka were unable to join and one of the students, Jenna Skokberg, left earlier but the rest of the faculty Dr. Wendy Hulko, Dr. Rebecca Sanford, Dr. Sasha Kondrashov as well as the Dean of Academic Partnership & Development from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tim Dueck and 7 students stayed till the end.IMG_5799

TRU students and faculty in addition to attending all conference events also visited the Justice for Our Stolen Children protest camp on the lawn in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building and show support to the protesters by listening to their stories and participating in the camp evening activities.IMG_5953.JPG Both TRU students and faculty shared their research during multiple oral presentations. TRU students, Catherine and Carmen, completed a comprehensive literature review and offered a number of recommendations on harm reduction strategy for BC fentanyl crises during the harm reduction roundtable organized by the Social Policy and Advocacy Committee.


Graduating TRU students, Teresa and Jessica, attended the Disability Caucus and presented their research on transportation options for disabled people in Kamloops



Jenna and I had a pleasant discussion with the dean of University of Calgary, Dr. Jackie Sieppert, about the upcoming 2020 International Social Work Conference that will be held in Calgary and hope we will have a strong TRU international presence there too.


Students and faculty supported each other during presentations. I was extremely happy to see such a welcoming crowd during my presentation on the unique Social Policy assignment I use to inspire students in Canadian Social Policy course. Special thanks to the EDSW Associate Dean Dr. Jane Hewes and Director of the School of Social Work from Dalhousie University Dr. Judy McDonald for your presence.


Overall, I had a lot of fun and hope we will be able to bring even more students from TRU to 2019 CASWE conference at UBC Vancouver. Having an experience sharing knowledge and being part of the National social work movement opens new doors for many TRU students in preparing them for the professional career. TRU Faculty of Education and Social Work, School of Social Work and Human Services always takes a leading role in driving social work student research that will benefit the development of social work education in Canada and around the world.

Here are some more fun photos from the CASWE 2018 conference

As next year I took an additional role for being a CASWE member of the nomination committee, after having experience at the EDSW nomination committee, I will keep inspiring more TRU students to attend CASWE and share their exceptional research with others.  See you in Vancouver!

Sasha Kondrashov, PhD

Social Work Education in Ukraine

This summer I had a unique opportunity to visit multiple locations in Ukraine and map all the Schools of Social Work in my birth country. I want to thank Yaryna Ivashchyshyn for all her work in putting each Ukrainian Social Work School location on the Google Map: Schools of Social Work Around the World

IMG_0562.JPGI started my visit to Ukraine from attending the conference in Lutsk and visiting Schools of Social Work in Східноєвропейський національний університет ім. Л. Українки and  Луцький інститут розвитку людини університету “Україна” (ЛІРоЛ). Then I had some time in my birth city Lviv and visited my home University: Національний університет «Львівська політехніка» (НУ «ЛП») and had a pleasant visit with my former teachers and current colleagues Drs Nina Haiduk, Sonya Stavkova, Tetyana Shapovalova and Liliya Klos (on photo).

IMG_1255.JPGI also received a special invitation to visit Черкаський національний університет ім. Хмельницького (ЧНУ) where I was conducting a number of live web conferences over the last three years and spent time visiting with local social work educators and learning about social work in the heart of Ukraine (Cherkasy is situated in the Central Part of Ukraine on the Dnipro River). Thank you to Dr. Svitlana Arkhipova (on photo) for all your support. I am looking forward to continuing our collaboration for many years to come!

Here is the list of all Schools of Social Work in Ukraine. The list includes more than 60 schools that are more than 20 times increase from 1999 when I started my social work educational journey.

UKR Lviv State University of Life Safety  http://en.ldubgd.edu.ua/
UKR National Aviation University http://gmi2.nau.edu.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=93%3A231-&catid=1%3A2011-03-02-19-19-33&Itemid=27
UKR Lviv Polytechnic National University http://lp.edu.ua/sr
UKR National University Of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy http://ssw.ukma.edu.ua/
UKR Open International University of Human Development “Ukraine” http://ab.uu.edu.ua/edu-specialty/191_sotsialna_robota
UKR Faculty of Sociology and Law of KPI them. Igor Sikorsky http://fsp.kpi.ua/
UKR Interregional Academy of Personnel Management  http://maup.com.ua/
UKR Bila Tserkva Institute of Economics and Management “Open International University of Human Development” Ukraine “  http://bc-uu.com.ua/?page_id=94
UKR Academy of Labor, Social Relations and Tourism https://www.socosvita.kiev.ua/postgraduates/specializations
UKR Vinnytsia Social and Economic Institute VMUROL “Ukraine” http://vsei.vn.ua/images/Doc/Spesialnosti/Sozrob.pdf
UKR Glukhiv National Pedagogical University named after. Dovzhenko http://pp.gnpu.edu.ua/struktura/kafedra-sotsialnoi-pedahohiky-i-sotsialnoi-roboty.html
UKR Dnipro National University named after Oles Honchar http://www.dnu.dp.ua/view/kafedra_socialnoi_psyhologii_i_psyhologii_upravlinnja
UKR Donbas State Pedagogical University http://www.slavdpu.dn.ua/images/stories/news/adv/pedfacultet/231.pdf
UKR Donetsk State University of Management https://dsum.edu.ua/2016/09/28/%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%86%D1%96%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0-%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BA%D1%82%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B0/
UKR Zhytomyr Economics and Humanities Institute VMUROL http://vmurol.zt.ua/abitur.html
UKR Zaporizhzhya State Medical University http://zsmu.edu.ua/sp_271.html
UKR Zaporizhzhya National Technical University http://www.zntu.edu.ua/search/node/%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%86%D1%96%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0%20%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0
UKR Zaporizhzhya National University https://www.znu.edu.ua/ukr/pk/11718/11736/11790
UKR Kamenetz-Podolsky National University named after Ivan Ogienko http://kafsotsped.kpnu.edu.ua/en_US/%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BB%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BD%D0%B0/
UKR Carpathian Institute of Entrepreneurship VMURROL http://kip.uz.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=70&Itemid=98
UKR Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University http://www.univ.kiev.ua/ua/departments/sociology/
UKR Kiev Boris Grinchenko University http://kubg.edu.ua/informatsiya/vstupnikam/napryami-pidgotovki.html
UKR classical private university http://virtuni.education.zp.ua/info_cpu/search/node/%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%86%D1%96%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0%20%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0
UKR Communal Higher Educational Institution “Khortytska National Training and Rehabilitation Academy” of Zaporizhzhya Regional Council http://khnnra.com.ua/uk/kaf-socrab/
UKR Kremenchuk Institute of Dnipropetrovsk University named after. Alfred Nobel (KIDUAN) http://www.ki-duep.com/index.php/sotsialna-robota
UKR Kropivnitsky Institute of State and Municipal Management http://kidmu.com.ua/koledzh/spetsialnosti-koledzhu/58-cpetsialnist-5-13010101-sotsialna-robota
UKR Luhansk Institute of Labor and Social Technologies http://osvita.ua/vnz/guide/312/
UKR Lugansk National University named after. Shevchenko http://luguniv.edu.ua/?page_id=192
UKR Lutsk Institute of Human Development of the University of Ukraine http://lutsk.vmurol.com.ua/specialjnosti
UKR Melitopol Institute of Ecology and Social Technologies http://miest.org.ua/index.php/248-sotsialna-robota-1
UKR Mykolayiv Interregional Human Development Institute Open International University of Human Development http://mmirl.edu.ua/template-features/menu-krl/menu-krl-2/napryam-pidgotovki-sotsialna-robota
UKR Nikolaev National University named after. Sukhomlinsky http://mdu.edu.ua/?page_id=22198
UKR International Humanitarian University http://mgu.edu.ua/
UKR Nizhyn State University named after. Gogol , Department of Social Pedagogy and Social Work http://www.ndu.edu.ua/index.php/ua/fukyltetu/psikhologiji-ta-sotsialnoji-roboti
UKR Odessa National Polytechnic University http://ac.opu.ua/specialty/socialna-robota
UKR Odessa National Mechnikov University http://onu.edu.ua/uk/structure/faculty/iipo
UKR Poltava Institute of Economics and Law of the University of Ukraine http://pl.uu.edu.ua/napryami_pidgotovki/socialjna_robota/
UKR Poltava Center for Distance Learning MAUP http://plt.maup.com.ua/
UKR Priazov State Technical University http://pstu.edu/uk/blog/specialization/%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%86%D1%96%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0-%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0-%D1%81%D1%80/
UKR Precarpathian National University named after Vasyl Stefanyk (PNU) http://philosophical.pu.if.ua/
UKR Rivne Institute of Open International University of Human Development “Ukraine” http://rv.vmurol.com.ua/specialjnosti/specialjnistj_socialjna_robota/
UKR Sumy State Pedagogical University named after Makarenko (SumPPU) https://www.sspu.sumy.ua/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1385&Itemid=318
UKR Sumy State University http://sumdu.edu.ua/ukr/academic/specialty-licenses-certificates/286-ssu.html
UKR Eastern European National University named after. L. Ukrainka http://eenu.edu.ua/uk/structure/faculties-and-institutes/fakultet-pedagogichnoyi-osviti-ta-socialnoyi-roboti
UKR Taurian National University named after VI Vernadsky http://tnu.edu.ua/sites/default/files/normativbasa/231-socialna-robota.pdf
UKR Ternopil State Medical University named after. Gorbachevsky https://social.tdmu.edu.ua/
UKR Ternopil Institute of Social and Information Technologies https://tisit.edu.ua/index.php/instytut/napriamky-pidhotovky
UKR Ternopil National Economic University http://www.tneu.edu.ua/uf/department-psr-uf/
UKR Ternopil National Pedagogical University named after. The gnatyuka http://tnpu.edu.ua/about/public_inform/231%20Sotsialna%20robota%20-%20magister.pdf
UKR Uzhhorod National University http://osvita.ua/vnz/guide/246/
UKR Uman State Pedagogical University named after Pavlo Tychyna https://fspo.udpu.edu.ua/?s=+%D1%81%D0%BE%D1%86%D1%96%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%8C%D0%BD%D0%B0+%D1%80%D0%BE%D0%B1%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%B0&x=16&y=4
UKR University of Alfred Nobel http://abit.duan.edu.ua/uk/spetsialnosti/sotsialna-robota.html
UKR Kharkiv National Medical University http://knmu.kharkov.ua/images/stories//priem_socrab18
UKR Kharkiv National University named after. Karazin, Department of Sociology of Management and Social Work http://www.sociology.kharkov.ua/ksocwork/
UKR Kherson State University http://www.kspu.edu/About/Faculty/IPHS/ChairSocialWork.aspx
UKR Khmelnytsky Institute of Social Technologies, VMURol “Ukraine http://km.vmurol.com.ua/kafedri/kafedra_socialjnoi_roboti/
UKR Khmelnytsky National University https://www.khnu.km.ua/root/kaf/kafped/
UKR Cherkasy National University named after. Khmelnitsky http://pedosvita.univer.ck.ua/
UKR Chernivtsi National University named after. Fedkovich http://www.chnu.cv.ua/index.php?page=ua/gum_osvita/04%20viddil%20vuh%20rob/02%20soc_robota
UKR Chernihiv State Institute of Economics and Management http://osvita.ua/vnz/guide/499/
UKR Chernihiv State Institute of Law, Social Technologies and Labor http://nnip.stu.cn.ua/uk/component/k2/itemlist/category/38-kafedra-sr.html
UKR Chernihiv National Pedagogical University. Shevchenko http://www.chnpu.edu.ua/lecterns/psychopedagogical-lectern/279-department-of-social-pedagogy?highlight=YTozOntpOjA7czoxODoi0YHQvtGG0ZbQsNC70YzQvdCwIjtpOjE7czoxMjoi0YDQvtCx0L7RgtCwIjtpOjI7czozMToi0YHQvtGG0ZbQsNC70YzQvdCwINGA0L7QsdC%200YLQsCI7fQ==
UKR Chernihiv National Technological University http://www.stu.cn.ua/staticpages/kaf-socrob/
UKR Black Sea National University named after Petro Mohyla https://chmnu.edu.ua/kafedra-sotsialnoyi-roboti-upravlinnya-i-pedagogiki/
UKR National Pedagogical University named after M. P. Drahomanov http://www.fspnu.npu.edu.ua/ua/vykladachi-ta-kafedry/kafedra-teorii-ta-tekhnolohii-sotsialnoi-roboty


Tetyana Semigina provides a good overview of the Social Work Education in Ukraine (English language):

Semigina, T., Gryga, I., & Volgina, O. (2005). Social work education in Ukraine. Retrieved from http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/4122/Semigina_social_work.pdf?sequence=1

Semigina, T., & Bokyo, O. (2014). Social work education in the post-socialist and post-modern era: the case of Ukraine. Retrieved from https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/18297


You can also read the following articles that highlights the development of social work in Ukraine

Bridge, G. (2002). Sustaining social work education in Ukraine: The second phase. European Journal of Social Work, 5(2), 139-147.

Boiko, O. M., & Kabachenko, N. (2016). Social work formation in Ukraine. Retrieved from http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/bitstream/handle/123456789/11682/Boiko_Social_Work_Formation_in_Ukraine.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Кабаченко, Н. (2015). Освітня політика в Україні: випадок соціальної роботи. Retrieved from http://ekmair.ukma.edu.ua/handle/123456789/4585

Hayduk, N., & McKenzie, B. (2017). On developing a sustainable model of social work education in Ukraine. Cherkasy University Bulletin: Pedagogical Sciences, (8). Retrieved from http://ped-ejournal.cdu.edu.ua/article/view/1009

Ukraine has a lot of new developments in social work education. I am glad to have very strong ties with my birth country through direct connection with local social work educators. I am also proud to represent Ukraine as a life member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

Sasha Kondrashov, PhD