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Nova Scotia Association of Black Social Workers
The Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW), Nova Scotia was established in 1979 by a group of four women. The idea was brought to Montreal Canada after a Black Social Service Worker conducted her placement at Howard University where that was an NABSW in operation. Once the worker returned to Montreal, she started a chapter there, and had a family life education student intern working with her. After two years, that chapter closed and the family life educator moved to Nova Scotia and started the NS chapter. The organization was originally developed to provide a response to the needs of the African Nova Scotia community that were not being met by the provincial social service system. However, it also became a professional body that was culturally specific for Black Social Workers and human service workers across the province of Nova Scotia where members could support each other, exchange ideas, offer services, and develop programs in the interest of the Black community and community at large.
ABSW is a volunteer charitable organization with an active membership in the city of Halifax, NS and corresponding members living in other areas in Nova Scotia and other provinces in Canada. The Nova Scotia chapter encourages our Canadian colleagues in other provinces to create their own respective chapters. Currently, the NS chapter has a full-time Outreach Social Worker and two part-time Social Workers. One of the ABSW's objectives is to provide courses, seminars, and workshops about social work related projects and programs geared towards persons of African ancestry. ABSW also offers services such as counseling and support to individuals as well as the community. ABSW seeks to educate the public through research, training, conferences, and workshops on matters affecting the Black family and community.
Some of the main areas of focus that ABSW has worked on have included, creating awareness, and encouraging dialogue around child welfare, violence, addictions and problem gambling, health, Africentric education and other social issues that arise. Within the past year, we have begun to address the topic of mental health within our African Nova Scotian (ANS) communities, and the need for increased access to health care services.
For more information, visit the Nova Scotia ABSW website at www.nsabsw.ca
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