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Social Work and Autism Spectrum Disorder

Blog post by Peter Bucciachio April 10, 2014 On April 2, 2014 the world celebrated Autism Awareness Day.  This event made me reflect on what is currently being done in the social work field, both at the professional and educational level, to prepare social workers to work with persons with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Current statistics indicate that ASD occurs in 1 out of every 68 children born.  While this is an American statistic, many Canadian sources have adopted this value and consider it accurate to Canadian estimates as well.  … Continue reading

P2P Interns Present at L’Essor Secondary School

March 19 and 20, 2014 Blog post by Michelle Dubiel P2P Interns Colette Berg, Daniel Opare, and Michelle Dubiel were invited by Mme Dougall to present to two lovely groups of Grade 11 Pre-University English students at L’Essor Secondary School. The presentations were poverty related and provided insight on the work P2P does within the community. Also, the interns developed a “What Would You Do?” activity game that provided actual scenarios of individuals and families living in low-income and barriers that are faced on a daily basis. The students enjoyed … Continue reading

Making Waves on Money Lenders

Blog post by Peter Bucciachio March 26, 2014 This past St. Patrick’s Day I had the opportunity to join a peaceful demonstration on Wyandotte St. E, in front of one of the city’s numerous payday loan companies.  The protest was hosted by Making Waves Windsor Essex, and raised awareness about the business practices of payday loan companies, and the ramifications that these businesses have on their customers who earn low incomes.  The protest drew support from Pathway to Potential, Voices Against Poverty, and the Windsor Worker’s Education Centre. The high … Continue reading

P2P Interns Celebrate Social Work Week at the University

P2P interns Jasmine Wood, Michelle Dubiel, and Peter Bucciachio celebrated Social Work Week at the University of Windsor with fellow 4th year BSW interns.  Interns from five other agencies displayed poster presentations on their agencies in the CAW Student Centre.  Over the course of the afternoon several other interns on placement dropped by to show their support, and to celebrate the Social Work Week. Even a few unaccompanied agency posters presentations made their way to the celebration as well, thanks to Chris Reid, a School of Social Work Field Education … Continue reading

What are Social Determinants of Health?

Blog post by Peter Bucciachio March 10, 2014 When we typically think of inequality, we think of classism, racism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, and many other socially created “isms”.  Our laws and Charter of Human Rights protect us from discrimination based on these “isms”, and from the inequalities that result from them.  But while Canadians are considered equal to each other before, and under the law, the fact of the matter is we are not equal to each other.  There is a current understanding that Canadians experience health disparities based … Continue reading


Blog by Jasmine Wood March 6, 2014 On the morning of March 4, 2014, Social Work interns Jasmine Wood and Michelle Dubiel attended a Health, Healing and Culture Social Work workshop at the Caboto Club.  The workshop included cultural competence training by Camilla Alves from the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County with a “Meet Smart” breakfast and active break. Camilla used her own experiences, not only as an interpreter but as an immigrant herself, to give the crowd a real sense of how social workers can work with … Continue reading

Social Enterprise Day of Learning with David LePage

Listen to Adam Vasey recap the Feb. 27 Social Enterprise Day of Learning with David LePage of Accelerating Social Impact. Some helpful social enterprise resources that David shared: Click here to listen.

Student day at the Canadian Mental Health Association

Blog post by Peter Bucciachio February 25, 2014 On Thursday, February 20, 2014, P2P BSW Interns Michelle Dubiel, Jasmine Wood, and Peter Bucciachio had the chance to visit the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Windsor-Essex County Branch (CMHA-WECB). The CMHA-WECB graciously hosted an information session for numerous social work and nursing students currently interning within Windsor and Essex County. The two hour information session provided the students with an opportunity to learn about the various programs and services offered through CMHA-WECB. Of interest to P2P was that the prevalence of mental … Continue reading

Stranded without Personal Belongings: Putting Offenders with Mental Health Issues at Risk

What happens to a prisoner’s things upon release? This is a question I previously had not thought about. To my surprise the answer was not as easy as a person getting their stuff back. Often prisoner’s’ belongings are left at prison facilities and eventually donated or thrown away. Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee COI hosted the webinar Stranded without Personal Belongings: Putting Offenders with Mental Health Issues at Risk to discuss the implications of prisoners – with emphasis on those experiencing mental illness – not getting their belongings back … Continue reading

Income Security Advocacy Centre: Help make $42 million permanent

As posted on Communities across Ontario need more funds for housing and homelessness supports Right now, local and regional municipalities across Ontario are planning their budgets for 2014. One of the issues they’re debating is how to respond to the need of low-income Ontarians in their communities to secure or retain housing. Beginning in January, the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit (CSUMB) was eliminated from social assistance. This benefit was available to people receiving OW and ODSP and provided an important source of funds for costs like first and … Continue reading