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Gamarada - A Spiritual Awakening

On Wednesday 10 July the ACT Branch held a special NAIDOC Week screening of the short film, Gamarada - A Spiritual Awakening, followed by a yarn reflecting on the film, with a focus on healing practices.

Using a combination of different spiritual and healing techniques including Dadirri, Gamarada helps a growing number of Aboriginal men in Redfern to break the cycle of incarceration and addiction.

The thought-provoking film and discussion provided an understanding of healing in a cultural context and highlighted the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander training.

The documentary is available to stream online at

Countertransference and Supervision Seminar

24 people attended the Countertransference and Supervision Seminar presented by David Davis at ACU on Tuesday 18th June.

This presentation aimed to demystify, as well as adding depth and relevance, to the concept of countertransference while also exploring its clinical applicability, especially in regards to supervision.

Attendees found the session interesting and informative, finding it helped them to understand how to better deal with and work in supervision.

This thoughtful examination of many aspects to transference, countertransference and supervision improved the understanding and appreciation of these difficult concepts.

ADACAS Supported Decision Making Workshop

On the 28th May, the AASW ACT Branch held a workshop for AASW members on supported decision making. The workshop was run by ADACAS and focused on what supported decision making is and how it can be used.

Supported decision making is for people who may need support to make decisions. A person may need support to make a decision because their decision making capacity may be impaired. This could be due to age, disability acquired brain injury or mental illness.

Those being supported to make decisions are given as much support as they need to be involved in making decisions.

Supported decision making recognises that, with support all people can be engaged in the decisions that are important to them.

ADACAS have developed a supported decision making toolkit which can be found on their website:

Those who attended the workshop found it highly beneficial and would recommend it.

If you would like more information on supported decision making, contact ADACAS on: or (02) 6242 5060

Reconciliation in the Park

Despite the cold and rain, we were fortunate to gather on beautiful Ngunnawal country for Reconciliation Day on Monday 27th May.

It was a special day, coming together to celebrate culture and reflect on the theme of this year's National Reconciliation Week: Grounded in Truth, Walk Together With Courage. It was a chance to stand together, to give and gather courage from one another, to reflect on the truth of our history and to think about how we face our future.

Thank you to the organisers and to all the ACT Branch members who came out for the day.

Vigil for Christchurch March 2019

A book of condolences will open at the New Zealand High Commission, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Yarralumla between 12 and 4pm Monday 18 March for people to sign, and vigil will be held at the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell in Nara Peace Park at 6pm on Tuesday 19 March.

The event is organised by the Australian National University’s NZ Club and the ACT Government.

2019 Branch Management Committee Members

L to R: Amelia Watson, Kate Soulsby (President), Jacqueline Vera, Georgina Tozer, Elisia Ramsey, Janice Bartram, Suzanne Smith, Rodney Stanton, Carolyn Minchin, Parveen Kalliath, Joanne Zubrzycki, Helen Hopper (Vice President)

New BMC members

New Committee members - Amelia Watson, Jacqueline Vera, Carolyn Minchin and Elisia Ramsey have been elected to the 2019 ACT Branch Management Committee.

BMC President's Report 2018

Kate Soulsby, ACT President delivered the 2018 ACT Branch Report at the Annual Members' Meeting held on Thursday 15 November at ACU.

ACT Branch Management Committee President’s Report 2018

AASW Life Membership 2018

Congratulations Emeritus Professor Maev O'Collins (ACT member) on being awarded AASW Life Membership in recognition of her devotion to the development of the social work profession in Australia and internationally.

Contact us

Branch Office Manager
Katie Dircks

P: 03 9320 1030

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers