University of Calgary

Siu Ming Kwok

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean & Head Southern AB
  • MSW Coordinator
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Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Profile

The level of a society’s civility reflects on how it treats its marginalized and valuable populations. Siu Ming’s understanding of social work is a profession that should be the social conscience of the society, should find ways to address structural inequalities, should translate theories to practical knowledge in order to solve day-to-day issues in local communities; and should build a strong democracy to promote human rights for generations to come.  With such believes, Siu Ming insists that a social worker should be trained along three dimensions: research, practice, and teaching.  A social worker should be a researcher; his/her job is to investigate a problem, create knowledge, and provide solutions to improve the well-being of mankind. A social worker should be a practitioner; his/her duty is to use practice expertise to serve his/her community. A social worker should be an educator; his/she is obliged is to train and hand down the social work knowledge to next generation of social workers and let them to continue the mission of social work of making the society a better place to live for our further generations.

Selected Research Projects

Externally-funded Projects (from 2008)

  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Black youth in leadership: from participation to mobilization.” Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant – Stage I (2018-2019)
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Identifying promising practices for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada. Funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Fund (2015-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Models of Assessment on Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work.” Funded by the American Foundation for Research and Consumer Education in Social Work Regulation, Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) (2015-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Leveraging Evaluation and Research Network – Learn Ontario.” Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Canada (2014-2017).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Constructing a model (individual-family-community) for serving elderly in China and identifying best social work practices.” Funded by National Social Sciences Foundation of People’s Republic of China. (2014-2017).
  • Co-Investigator.  Project titled “Models of Assessment on Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education.” Funded by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) Special Projects Fund. (2014).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Development of Social Security System, Protection of Basic Right.”  Funded by the Overseas Expert Exchange Foundation- Social Management, People’s Republic of China (2013).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Collaborative health initiatives to prevent and intervene in violence against women in China.” This project was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2007-2009).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Chinese youth in the criminal justice system of Canada”, funded by Multicultural Issues in Canada: Research Grants – Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (2006-2008).

Internally Funded Projects (from 2008)

  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Social Work Practice from Students’ Perspective: Canada-China Exchange” funded by University International Grants Committee (UIGC) of the University of Calgary (2018-2019) 
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Social Work Best Practices for Children and Youth Services in China: A Model of Canada-China Collaboration” funded by The University Research Grants Committee (URGC) of the University of Calgary (2017-2018).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Canada-China Social Innovation, Practice, and Research Hub.” funded by The University International Grants Committee (UIGC) of the University of Calgary (2017-2018).  
  • Principal Investigator, Project titled “A study on policies and service delivery model for people with disabilities in China” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2015-2016).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Development of a case book on best community practices in Canada,” funded by Internal Research Grants, King’s University College (2015-2016).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Intervention model for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2014-2015).
  • Co-Investigator. Third year of the project titled “Examining Gatekeeping and Assessment of Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education,” funded by Internal Research Grants, King’s University College (2014-2015)
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “An examination of the Income Security Support System for People with Disabilities in China and Canada” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2013-2014).
  • Co-Investigator. Second year of the project titled “Examining Gatekeeping and Assessment of Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education,” funded by Internal Research Grants, King’s University College (2013-2014).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “Identifying promising practices for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Ontario” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2012-2013).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Examining Gatekeeping and Assessment of Professional Suitability in Canadian Social Work Education” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2012-2013).
  • Principal Investigator. Project titled “An Identifying of Promising Practices of Social Services to Chinese Youth in Conflict with the law” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2007-2008).
  • Co-Investigator. Project titled “Factors Promoting or Preventing Healthy Youth among Asian Immigrants and Their Local Born Counterparts,” funded by Internal Research Grant, King’s University College at Western University (2007-2008).

Other Research Projects (from 2008) 

  • Co-Investigator. A needs assessment project requested by Wing Kei Seniors Home, Calgary, Alberta “Wing Kei Needs Assessment of Seniors in Calgary.” This is a research initiative to support community partner in Calgary. -Canada (RDC) – September 2017 – June 2018
  • Co-Investigator. A secondary data analysis project on Ontario Ministry Community and Social Services social assistance data. Project title:  “Another case of welfare cycling? Exploring social assistance participation in London, Ontario.” The project is approved by Ontario Ministry Community and Social Services (MCSS) and data is accessed through Research Data Centre at Western University-Canada (RDC) – June 2015 – July 2019.Co-Investigator. Predictability of BSW Admission Screening Criteria. Secondary data analysis on BSW admission data at King’s University College (2015).
  • Co-Investigator. A secondary data analysis project on the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY) dataset, project titled “Social Behavioral and Emotional Trajectories: Comparison between Racialized Immigrant and Local Born Youth.” Approved by the Research Data Centre at Western University-Canada (RDC) -Access Granting Committee of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to the CISS-Access to the RDC Program in July 2011 – March 2016.

Invited Keynotes/Plenary Speeches/Presentations/Workshops (from 2008)

Keynote Speaker:

  • Kwok, S.M. (December 20, 2017). Mental Health and Criminal Justice Policy Framework in Canada. Invited as the keynote speaker at the 2017 NGO Forum co-hosted by City University of Hong Kong and Correctional Services Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China at City University of Hong Kong, China.  
  • Kwok, S.M. (May 9, 2016). Learning from your own identity: the pathway to build a welcoming and inclusive society. Invited as the keynote speaker by the Toronto District School Board at the Asian Heritage Month May 2016, Toronto, Canada.

Plenary Speaker

  • Kwok, S.M. (February 23, 2018) Symposium on Gender, Family, and marital relationships among Arab refugee families in Canada. Invited as a plenary speaker (Panel 2: Parent-child relationships and the implications for service provision and social policies) by the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI) and Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) at Double-Tree by Hilton, London, Ontario. 
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 20, 2016). Bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada: implications for youth from racialized groups. Invited as a penal speaker at the 20th Annual Conference of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta, Canada (November 18-20, 2016).
  • Kwok, S.M. (April 14, 2012). Invited as a penal speaker at the Diamonds in The Rough Youth Forum: The Generation waiting to be discovered organized by Across U-hub of Toronto in the Council Chamber, Scarborough Civic Center. 
  • Kwok, S.M. (2011). Bifurcation of youth justice policy: what are the implications for Chinese youth in conflict with the law? Invited as a plenary speaker at the 2011 Conference of the Macau Juvenile Delinquency Research Society, Macau, China (October 20-22, 2011). 
  • Kwok, S.M. (2010). Identifying promising practice for Chinese youth drug misurers in Canada. Invited as a plenary speaker at the 2010 Conference of the Macau Juvenile Delinquency Research Society, Macau, China (December 2-3, 2010). 
  • Kwok, S.M. (June 5, 2009). Child welfare discourse in Western cultures and its implications to child protection practices in Chinese communities. Invited as a plenary speaker at International Conference on Social Work and Counseling Practice at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (December 2008). Eliminating domestic violence and building a harmonious family. Invited as a penal speaker in the symposium at the Department of Social Work and Social Work Education & Social Policy Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Invited Presentation

  • Tam, M.Y. D. & Kwok, S.M. (2018). Introduction to Social Work and Social Work Practice. Invited presentation at the China-Canada Academic Exchange Symposium: Innovation of Social Governance (June 20, 2018) at Guangdong Institute of Public Administration, Guangzhou, China.
  • Tam, M.Y. D & Kwok, S.M. (2018). Upholding Professional Integrity: Needs for Collaboration. Invited presentation at the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers’ 2018 Annual Meeting and Educational Day on May 24, 2018, Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Tam, M.Y. D & Kwok, S.M. (2018). Canada-China Social Innovation Hub: A platform for visionary leadership. Invited presentation at the Internationalization of Curriculum Forum at the University of Lethbridge on March 29, 2018.
  • Tam, M.Y. D., Lindsay Savard, & Kwok, S.M. (2017). A review of challenges encountered among newcomers in Canada. Invited presentation at Canada-China Academic Exchange Symposium: Social Policy and Services for Emerging Social Issues on November 30, 2017 at University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 
  • Kwok, S.M., HeavyShield, Heidi., & Weatherstone, Rebecca (March 23, 2017) Supporting positive outcomes for youth involved with the law in Ontario. Invited as the speaker at a Webinar workshop organized by Youth Research & Evaluation Exchange (YouthREX) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kwok, S.M. (May 9, 2016). Learning from your own identity: the pathway to build a welcoming and inclusive society. Invited as the keynote speaker by the Toronto District School Board at the Asian Heritage Month May 2016, Toronto, Canada.
  • Kwok, S.M. (2016). Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada. Presentation invited by the College of Public Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China (April 27, 2016).
  • Kwok, S.M. (2014). Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada: A journey to a spoiled self. Presentation invited by the College of Public Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China (April 25, 2014).
  • Kwok, S.M. (2014). Social work education in Canada. Presentation invited by the College of Public Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China (April 25, 2014).
  • Kwok, S.M. (2012). Visible minority youth and criminal justice system in Canada. Presentation invited by the College of Public Management, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China (April 28, 2012).
  • Kwok, S.M. (December 4, 2010). Crime and youth. Invited to present a lecture on Criminology and Social Work in Tong Fong Correctional Institute, Hong Kong by the Fight Crime Committee of the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (October 16, 2009). Invited as a plenary speaker at the Inaugural Faculty Pedagogy Seminar Series at the King’s University College at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.

Invited Workshops

  • Kwok, S.M. (May 9, 2016). Asian youth in conflict with the law in Canada. Invited to conduct a workshop by the Toronto District School Board at the Asian Heritage Month May 2016, 2016 Secondary Students Symposium, Toronto, Canada.
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 29, 2010). Team building and school management. Invited to conduct a professional development training workshop for the school management at Qianjin Lu Primary School in Guangzhou, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 29, 2010). How to deal with student with behavioral problem at schools? Invited to conduct a professional development training workshop for the school management at Chi Gang Middle School in Guangzhou, China 
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 29, 2010). How to deal with student with behavioral problem at schools?  Invited to conduct a professional development training workshop for the school management at Lv Cui Middle School in Guangzhou, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 19, 2010). The role of a middle manager in social service organizations in Guangzhou, China. Invited to conduct a professional development training workshop at the Department of Social Work and Social Work Education & Social Policy Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (June 4, 2009). Exploring promising practices with youth gangs in Chinese communities. Invited to conduct a workshop at the International Conference on Social Work and Counseling Practice at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (February 2009). Enhancing the professional skills of social workers in China. Invited to conduct a professional development training workshop at the Department of Social Work and Social Work Education & Social Policy Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
  • Kwok, S.M. (December 2008). Use of strengths perspective in social work counselling. Invited to conduct a professional development training workshop at the Department of Social Work and Social Work Education & Social Policy Research Center, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.

Education

  • University of Calgary – Ph.D. (Social Work)
  • University of British Columbia – Master in Social Work
  • University of Western Ontario – Master in Public Administration
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Bachelor in Social Work
  • City University of Hong Kong – Diploma in Social Work

Professional and Community Associations

  • Alberta College of Social Workers, Registered Social Worker (2016 – Present)
  • Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Registered Social Worker (2005 – 2016)
  • Ontario Association of Social Workers, Member (2007 – 2016)
  • Canadian Association for Social Work Education, Individual Member (2001 – present)
  • Board of Registration for Social worker of the Province of British Columbia, Registered Social Worker (1997 – 2002)
  • Social Worker Registration Board, Hong Kong, Registered Social Worker (1996 – 2004)

Awards

Faculty of Social Work Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, University of Calgary (2018)

  • Received the Graduate Teaching Excellence Award from Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary in June 2018

Nominated by the Faculty of Social of Work, University of Calgary to attend Senior University Administrators Course (2018)

  • Nominated to attend the Senior University Administrators Course 2018 (June 11-15, 2018) at University of Manitoba, Extended Education in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  

Faculty Publication Award - Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary (2017) 

  • Received the Faculty Publication Award (CND$1,000) from Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary in April ,2017.

Nomination for the Award of Outstanding Alumni (2015)

  • Received the nomination for the Award of Outstanding Alumni of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China. 

Outstanding Alumni Award (2014) 

  • Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong received on October 26, 2014

Presentation at Senate Committee Hearing (2014)

  • Invited to testify at the Standing Committee of Human Rights of Canadian Senate on the topic of visible minority and the criminal justice system on March 3, 2014

Publication Award (2012)

  • Outstanding Journal Article Award of the Year. Youth Exploration [青年探索] Article: Kwok, S. M. & Tam, D. M.Y. (2012). An overview of the bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada [縱論加拿大青少年司法政策的双重体系]. Youth Exploration [青年探索] (in Chinese), 176(6), 82-88.

Teaching Excellence Award (2009)

  • Received Award in Excellence in Teaching at the King’s University College at Western University 

Media Work

Since 2011

TV & Radio Interviews

  • Kwok, S.M. (April 20, 2018). Chinese youth in conflict with law and mental health issue in Canada. A1 Morning of A1 Chinese Radio AM AM1540/FM91.9, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kwok, S.M. (April 20, 2018). Study on Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada and Canadian society. OmniTV.  Focus Cantonese. http://www.omnitv.ca/on/yue-can/videos/華裔青少年違規行為及更新計劃研究-april-20-2018-on/
  • Kwok, S.M. (April 20, 2018). Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada and mental health concerns in Chinese community in Canada. OmniTV.  Focus Mandarin. http://www.omnitv.ca/on/cmn/videos/华裔青少年违规行为研究-apr-20-2018on/
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 6, 2017). Safe Injection Site and legalization of marijuana. Focus (Cantonese) of Fairchild Radio and TV (FM94.7). Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Kwok, S.M. (November 3, 2015). Legalization of marijuana by the New Liberal Government on Current Affairs of A1 Chinese Radio AM1540/FM91.9, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Kwok, S.M. (August 8, 2014). Toronto Downsvew Park Music Festival (VELD) and youth culture on Current Affairs of A1 Chinese Radio AM1540/FM91.9, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Newspaper Interviews & Media Coverage

Press Conferences

  • Kwok, S.M. & Tam, D.M.Y., (April 20, 2018) Releasing the research report Identifying promising practice for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada at Chinese Family Services of Ontario, Scarborough, Ontario. 
  • Kwok, S.M. (2012, April 14). One of the speakers at the Diamonds in The Rough Youth Forum: The Generation waiting to be discovered organized by Across U-hub in the Council Chamber, Scarborough Civic Center.

Social Media Coverage

Publications from 2008-Present

Authored/Edited Books

  1. Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2017). The role of municipalities on redistribution in Ontario, Canada. Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-330-07298-5
  2. Tam, D.M.Y., Kwok, S.M., Paz, E., & Green, G. (Eds.). (2016). Building community: theories, skills and examples of best community practices. London, ON: School of Social Work, King’s University College at Western University.

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Tam, D.M.Y., Brown, A., Paz, E., Birnbaum, R., Kwok, S.M. (Forthcoming). Challenges Faced by Canadian Social Work Field Instructors in Field Supervision. Manuscript accepted for publication on Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 
  2. Tam, D.M.Y., Chow, E., Lou, A., Chan, Y.C., Lee, T.Y., Kwok, S.M. (2018). Examining the Psychometrics of the Professional Suitability Scale for Social Work. Manuscript accepted for publication on the British Journal of Social Work. 00, 1-22. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy009
  3. Kerr, D., Smith-Carrier, T., Wang, J., Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2017). Population Aging and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.6(4) 33-55 
  4. Smith-Carrier, T., Kerr, D. Wang, J., Tam, D.M.Y., & Kwok, S.M. (2017). Vestiges of the medical model: A critical exploration of the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) in Ontario, Canada, Disability and Society, 10 (32), 1570-1591. 10.1080/09687599.2017.1359495.
  5. Kwok, S.M., Tam, D.M.Y., & Hanes, R. (2016). An Exploratory Study into Social Welfare Policies and Social Service Delivery Models for People with Disabilities in China. Global Social Welfare, 3, DOI 10.1007/s40609-016-0077-x
  6. Tam, D.M.Y., Schleicher, K., Wu, W., & Kwok, S.M., Thurston, W., & Dawson, M. (2015). Social work interventions on intimate partner violence against women in China. Journal of Social Work. 2016 16 (2), 228-249. DOI: 10.1177/1468017314568745.
  7. Thurston, W., Tam, D.M.Y., Dawson, D., Jackson, M., & Kwok, S.M. (2014). The intersection of gender and other social institutions in constructing interpersonal Violence in Guangzhou China. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260514556109
  8. Tam, D.M.Y., Twigg, R. C., Boey, K-W., & Kwok, S.M. (2013). Confirmatory Factor Analysis on the Professional Suitability Scale for Social Work Practice, Research on Social Work Practice, 23(4), 467-478. DOI: 10.1177/1049731513480840
  9. Tam, D.M.Y., Dawson, M., Jackson, M., Kwok, S.M., & Thurston, W.E. (2013). Comparing Criminal Justice Responses to Violence against Women in Canada and China, Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 23 (2), 106-120. DOI:10.1080/02185385.2013.793020
  10. Kwok, S. M. & Tam, D. M.Y. (2012). An overview of the bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada [縱論加拿大青少年司法政策的双重体系]. Youth Exploration [青年探索] (in Chinese), 176(6), 82-88. 
  11. Tam, D.M.Y., Dawson, M., Jackson, M., Kwok, S.M., & Thurston, W.E. (2012). Community Responses to Domestic Violence in China: Implications to Prevention and Intervention Work. Hong Kong Journal of Social Work. 46 (1 & 2), 43-61 DOI: 10.1142/S021924621200006X
  12. Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2011). Bifurcation of youth justice policy in Canada: Is it the end or just another round of youth penal policy debate? Crime and Criminal Justice International.17 (Sept), 89-114.
  13. Kwok, S. M. & Tam, D. M.Y. (2011) Overview of the services for youth in conflict with the law in Canada [纵论加拿大青少年违法行为政策及服务]. Youth Exploration [青年探索] (in Chinese), 168(6), 87-93. DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1004-3780.2011.06.019*(人大复印资料《青少年导刊》第2012年二月期全文转载). Reprinted by Teenagers Study (2012, February issue, 50-56), Information Centre for Social Sciences, Renmin University of China.
  14. Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2011). Challenges of appraising intangible outcomes with unclear objectives: Performance management issues in local government in Ontario. Public Organization Review,11(3), 297-306.

 

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