King’s Community Support Centre: An Exploration of Community Impact and Social Work Student Experience (75031)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

In partnership with the Salvation Army Centre of Hope and City of London, our School of Social Work developed the King’s Community Support Centre (KCSC) to provide accessible, no cost, social work support to individuals experiencing homelessness or precarious housing, while providing practicum placements for BSW and MSW students. A clinic was developed where students provide counselling and support through individual and group programming, system navigation and community coordination.

The focus of this presentation will be a critical reflection on the development of this program, and the learning opportunity offered to students. The objective was to examine the KCSC pilot program as both a service and an educational opportunity. The research questions were 1) What is the impact of KCSC for service users? 2) Does KCSC address long-standing gaps in service provision? 3) What is the effectiveness of KCSC as an educational program? This university, community and government partnership utilized an integrated knowledge translation (IKT) approach and employed diverse methodologies to engage service users, potential service users, students, and all involved professionals. We employed two approaches 1) participatory action research (PAR), and 2) qualitative interviews analyzed through reflexive thematic analysis. All students, involved professionals, service users and potential service users were invited using active engagement, purposive and convenience sampling strategies.

Our findings reveal the ways that underhoused populations are deeply invested in their service needs, as well as the many and significant barriers they face to accessing adequate services and housing. The findings also reveal student learning opportunities and challenges.

Carrie Smith, King's University College at Western University, Canada
Stephanie Baird, King's University College at Western University, Canada
Jane Sanders, King's University College at Western University, Canada
M.K. Arundel, King's University College at Western University, Canada
Sarah Macgowan, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
Laura Herbert, Western University, Canada

About the Presenter(s)
Dr. Carrie Smith is currently an Associate Professor at King's University College at Western University, Canada.

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00