Digital Arts in Social Work is a fusion of traditional storytelling techniques, modern digital arts and evidence based social work practice. The use of digital arts in social work uses various forms of media such as audio, photography, music, narrative, text, or video to communicate and share stories and experiences. A digital story is a 3 – 5-minute multi-media film story. These stories and images have the potential to develop community partnerships, teach, motivate, connect with others, illustrate identities and experiences, and create action (La Rose et al., 2018; Detlor, 2017).
Digital storytelling can help survivors touch people and build empathy. Impactful storytelling can also help policymakers, media, and the public better understand the larger picture on how and why traumatic experiences are influenced by social and systemic forces which can contribute to social change. Important note: participants will be required to dedicate some time each day outside of workshop hours to construct their story.
- Understand how digital storytelling can be used in trauma informed practice.
- Develop and create a digital story (each participant, or group, will produce one of their own).
- Engage in critical dialogue together, to deepen the critical reflections in our personal journaling, which will be shared in dialogue.
- Learn how to use this training to guide the digital storytelling process with groups or individuals in varying contexts (staff, clients, or peers).
Who Should Attend
This course is recommended for mental health professionals, clinicians, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors and more.
Course Dates & Format
February 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2024
This is a 6-hour training. This course consists of four 1.5-hour interactive virtual sessions using Zoom.
Catherine Guzik, MSW, RSW
Catherine Guzik is an MSW graduate from the School of Social Work, Renison University College, University of Waterloo. She has worked extensively with children and youth who have experienced trauma including Inuit youth in Nunavut, refugee children in Canada and children in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Europe. She is a registered social worker in Canada and the UK.
Trish Van Katwyk, PhD, RSW
Trish Van Katwyk is an MSW placement supervisor, faculty member, and Director at the School of Social Work at Renison University College, University of Waterloo. She has extensive experience using arts intervention and digital storytelling in social work practice. She lives and works in the territory of the Dish With One Spoon wampum agreement.
Kei Lau is currently pursuing her Masters at the School of Social Work, Renison University College, University of Waterloo. She has experience in assisting marginalized communities utilizing a trauma-informed approach. During her practicum in facilitating Humanities 101 course, she employed digital storytelling and Instagram as a means for students to express their experiences with Environmental Justice.
Member Fee: $150.00 + $19.50 (HST) = $169.50
Non-Member Fee: $185.00 + $24.05 (HST)= $209.05
Group Registration: Save 20% off individual fee with group registration of 4 or more participants. Download the group registration form HERE.
Continuing Education Information
Licensing boards and professional organizations will grant Continuing Education credits for attendance at their discretion when participants submit the course outline and certificate.
This is available as an in-person or virtual in-service training and customized to suit your needs.