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Dr. Christine Mayor

Faculty of Social Work News

Innovative Healing Approaches: Dr. Christine Mayor is Named a Global Leader in Drama Therapy Research 

May 14, 2024 — 
Dr. Christine Mayor, Assistant Professor in the Inner City Social Work Program, has been recognized as a top global leader in drama therapy research. Her work delves into the transformative power of drama therapy, an action-based holistic approach to psychotherapy that utilizes embodiment, storytelling, metaphor, play, role-play, and theater to foster individual and collective healing. 


Dr. Kendra Nixon

Faculty of Social Work News

Winnipeg Free Press: Hurtful home truths often overlooked

May 6, 2024 — 
Manitoba’s Domestic Violence Death Review Committee was established by the province in 2010 and is made up of officials from the justice system, the medical examiner’s office and researchers, among others, and was tasked to identify trends, risk factors and systemic concerns in certain domestic killings and to recommend changes. The committee, however, has sat idle for half a decade; its last annual report issued for the 2018-19 fiscal year.  The death review committee’s inaction doesn’t sit well with Prof. Kendra Nixon, who has been studying gender-based violence for over 25 years. “I don’t know if there isn’t the political will, or there isn’t the interest, or there’s been a shuffling of people and it just got dropped — I don’t know,” she said. To read the full article, please visit the Winnipeg Free Press.

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Kristen Letkeman with daughter

Faculty of Social Work News

Amplifying Children’s Voices: MSW Student Kristen Letkeman’s Dedication to Policy Research and Advocacy

April 29, 2024 — 
Kristen Letkeman, a Master of Social Work student, has been awarded the 2023-24 Francine Lansdown and Gerison Lansdown Graduate Student Essay Award by The Landon Pearson Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights at Carleton University. This award, emphasizing critical thinking and exploration of children's rights issues, recognizes Letkeman's essay on the intersection of climate change, neoliberalism, and social work in safeguarding child rights. Her research sheds light on pressing issues facing today's children, offering valuable insights for policymakers and practitioners.

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Honourable Anita R. Neville, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba with Helen Mann award recipients

Faculty of Social Work News

Nominate an outstanding social worker, social activist or social work organization

April 2, 2024 — 
The Faculty of Social Work is now accepting nominations for the Helen Mann 50th Anniversary Award. The award recognizes a person or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the social work profession and/or to the field of social work in Manitoba. Every year, the award is presented to the recipient(s) during the Faculty of Social Work’s Homecoming celebration in September. Nominations are considered by the Faculty of Social Work Homecoming Committee.

Faculty of Social Work professor, Sid Frankel

Faculty of Social Work News

Globe and Mail: On their own

March 21, 2024 — 
Globe and Mail: On their own

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Professor Kendra Nixon

Faculty of Social Work News

CBC Saskatchewan: Organization calling governments to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in the Prairies

March 1, 2024 — 
CBC Saskatchewan: Organization calling governments to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in the Prairies

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Children's toys were seen in the yard of a home in Carman surrounded in yellow police tape. (CBC)

Faculty of Social Work News

CBC Manitoba: Deaths of 5 people in southern Manitoba must be treated as case of domestic violence, say experts

February 28, 2024 — 
The deaths of five people this week in southern Manitoba are a clear example of domestic violence and come in the midst of an epidemic of intimate partner violence in the province and beyond, experts say. "When anything ends in a fatality, when a life is taken, that's the most severe form of violence that someone can endure," said Tracie Afifi, a University of Manitoba professor in the department of community health sciences. "Here we have the death of an intimate partner … [and] we have the deaths of three children that were part of that relationship and a fourth family member as well, who was also a child," she said. "Without a doubt this is intimate partner violence."  Kendra Nixon, a professor in the Faculty of Social Work and the Director of RESOLVE at the University of Manitoba, says it's troubling to see the issue rising.


Reviewing research on computer monitors

Research and International News

Emerging Researcher Spotlight Series launches February 1

January 15, 2024 — 
The inaugural Emerging Researcher Spotlight symposium on February 1 offers a compelling look into new and developing areas of research at UM.

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Dr. Maria Cheung, Associate Dean, Undergraduate with Cree Nation Child and Family Caring Agency / Opaskwayak Cree Nation Child and Family Services’ Bachelor of Social Work cohort graduates.

Faculty of Social Work News

Congratulations to the Bachelor of Social Work cohort graduates

December 13, 2023 — 
Congratulations to the graduates of the Cree Nation Child and Family Caring Agency / Opaskwayak Cree Nation Child and Family Services’ Bachelor of Social Work cohort. The cohort officially started the program in January 2021 with the intention of in-person learning in the community of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. However, due to the pandemic restrictions, students were challenged with new technologies and new methods of learning, all while working full-time and caring for their families. This Fall, 10 cohort students graduated with their BSW degree. Meet some of our graduates.

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Seven people standing together at a conference

Provost and Vice-President (Academic) News

Recipients of the first SoTL Development Fund announced

December 11, 2023 — 
Recipients of the SoTL Development Fund received funding to attend the November 23-25 Symposium for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Canmore, Alberta, which brought together faculty, students, educational developers, and administrators to share existing knowledge and developing research in the systemic inquiry of teaching and learning.

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