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Access BSW Learning Circle: A Revolutionary Approach to Social Work Education in Rural, Remote, and Aboriginal Communities

Dr William Pelech, Dorothy Badry, Betty Bastien, Jeannine Carriere, Gail Zuk, Ralph Bodor, Michael Kim Zapf.


For many years, undergraduate social work education in Alberta, Canada was situated in three urban centers. Aboriginal, rural, and northern students experienced significant cultural and
geographic barriers to acquiring a professional social work degree. In 1999, the Province of Alberta funded a proposal submitted by the Faculty of Social Work at the University of
Calgary that was intended to dramatically increase access by students in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities.
Since that time, the BSW Access Division has grown to offer flexibly scheduled and relevant social work education programming across the province of Alberta. This adaptation of the urban-based BSW curriculum is based upon a
Learning Circle model that has been praised for its creativity and relevance for practice in rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities. This paper will outline the revolutionary aspects
of the BSW Access Division's curriculum development process and the Learning Circle model.

Presenters

Dr William Pelech  (Canada)
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary

BIONOTE: William Pelech, BSW (Victoria), MSW (UBC), PhD (Wilfrid Laurier)
was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of
Calgary in 1999. He has had extensive teaching experience in
rural, remote, and Aboriginal communities in Canadian provinces of
Alberta and British Columbia.


Dorothy Badry  (Canada)

Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary



Betty Bastien  (Canada)

Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary



Jeannine Carriere  (Canada)

Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary



Gail Zuk  (Canada)

Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary



Ralph Bodor  (Canada)

Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary



Michael Kim Zapf  (Canada)
Professor of Social Work
Faculty of Social Work
University of Calgary

Following years of practice in Canada's Yukon Territory, Dr. Zapf has been with the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work since 1986, serving as Associate Dean, Acting Dean, and Head of the BSW Access Division. His work on issues of diversity, geography, and social work education in rural and remote regions has been published in some 35 journal articles and book chapters, and has been presented at international conferences in Canada, the United States, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Australia.

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(30 min Conference Paper, English)