Member profile - Tanya Genito


Name:Tanya Genito

Company: Total Wellness Therapies

Role: Director / Mental Health Social Worker

Who has been the most inspiring role model in your career and why? 

When I first started working as a social worker in a small community based youth service, I worked with an amazing youth worker called Robert Hayes. His ability to be able to sit with people and their trauma and still be able to bring a sense of hope was truly inspiring to watch.

What is the best advice you can give to someone starting out in their career?  

Read, read, read! There are so many amazing studies and literature out there that will inspire you and augment your practice to help you become the most conscious practitioner you can become.

If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to have dinner with Dr. Rizzolatti  who discovered the mirror neuron and how that relates to the practice of empathy. As my aim within my practice, and more generally, is how we can use empathy to create a world where people feel safe.


World Social Work Day - get social


World Social Work Day image with globe, mountains and lakes

Please support our Thunderclap campaign using your Twitter or Facebook account - there are only 5 days to go! It automatically posts on your behalf on World Social Work Day to make sure the #SocialWorkDayAU trends in Australia and globally. It only takes a few clicks and you're done. This will help raise awareness of the vital work of social workers on social media. 


Aged care workforce strategy taskforce – consultation


The Aged Care Taskforce is developing a strategy for growing and sustaining the workforce providing aged care services and support for older people, to meet their care needs in a variety of settings across Australia. The AASW is currently developing a submission and we also encourage members to complete the online survey. Learn more about the Taskforce here:


SA mental health strategic plan 2017-2022


The SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022 (The Plan) has been launched. It is built on the powerful feedback and insights of over 2000 South Australians and the AASW SA Branch were a part of the conversation through membership in the SA Mental Health Commission's Community Advisory Committee (CAC) from the beginning, and represents the social work profession's role in mental health. The key emphasis which emerged has been on prevention and acting early on the signs and symptoms of poor mental health and before people reach a crisis point. The Plan 2017-2022 sets the strategic direction for South Australia to build a more resilient, compassionate and connected community. 

The Commission will now coordinate, facilitate and oversee the implementation of The Plan and the development of future actions to address key areas identified by South Australians. AASW SA Branch will stay connected through the CAC and continue to be involved as programs roll out.

If you would like further information and to download the South Australian Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022, go to or phone 1300 293 220, email or write to PO Box 189, Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000 to receive a copy.


Social policy and advocacy updates


Submissions in Progress

Visit our website to view current submissions in progress. If you are interested in contributing to any of these, please email the AASW Social Policy Team.


Stay in the know about the National Code of Conduct


The National Code of Conduct sets minimum standards of conduct for anyone who provides a health service and

  • is not registered under the national registration and accreditation scheme
  • is a registered health practitioner who provides health services which are not related to their registration.

At the moment, it is difficult to be certain whether your state will consider mental health social workers to be providing a ‘health service’. Each state’s laws define a ‘health service’ in varied translations and some states are still in the process of properly defining who will be covered by the National Code of Conduct.

It is very likely that as a mental health social worker, your state’s legislation will require you to comply with the National Code of Conduct, whether you are working in public or private practice. So what do you need to do?

Firstly, it’s important that you familiarise yourself with the National Code of Conduct as soon as possible. Secondly, if you have any queries about the relevance of the code to mental health social workers in your state or any other questions, please contact the relevant body who will be enforcing the NCC, Click here for the list of NCC Enforcing Bodies...


Telehealth - Medicare


The AASW is currently working with the Department of Health and Human Services during the development of  telehealth guidelines that aim to improve access to psychological services for rural and remote patients.

We will continue to provide updates about these guidelines in the e-Bulletin and on our website as information becomes available.


Seeking mentors - early career mentoring program


The Victorian Branch has extended the deadline for applications from Victorian members who are interested in becoming mentors to early career social workers. Be part of this innovative program and support new social workers to chart their career in the profession. Mentors will gain 13 hours of CPD (Category 3 - Professional Identity).  

View the Flyer Here

View and Download the Application Form Here

Enquiries and applications to Anneka at the Victorian Branch via email or phone on (03) 9320 1088.

Applications close on Wednesday 21 March at 5pm.


Your development opportunities


Countering violent extremism CPD program

The Countering violent extremism CPD workshops have commenced and have been met with positive feedback. 

There are still limited available places for the countering violent extremism workshops in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. 

See our website for details and to register. 


NEW Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Minimising Your Legal Risk
Monday 16 April 2018
3:00 to 5:00pm, North Melbourne
This seminar will provide the information you need to know to improve your daily social work practice to assist you to minimise your legal risks and survive the court process. Register at event web page
2.5 CPD hours. Category 2: Skills and Knowledge

Skilful use of mindfulness in therapeutic practice and individual practice
Thursday, 26 April 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm, North Melbourne
Register at event web page. Limited registrations.
6.5 CPD hours. Category 2: Skills and knowledge
**FPS relevant activity**

NEW VMHSW Seminar: Sexual and Gender Diversity Service delivery
Proudly presented by the Victorian Mental Health Social Work Practice Group
Monday 30 April 2018
1:45pm to 4:30pm, North Melbourne
Register at event event web page
2.5+ CPD hours. Category 2: Skills and knowledge
**FPS relevant activity**

The Use of Advanced Forms of Mindfulness in Social Work Practice
Monday 7 May 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm, North Melbourne
Register at event web page. Limited registrations.
7 CPD hours: Skills and knowledge
**FPS relevant activity**

Western Australia

AMHSW & Private Practice Networking Night

18 April 2018, 6pm-8pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth - 2 CPD Hours

The AASW will be holding a networking night for Mental Health social workers and social workers involved in private practice. This networking night will include discussions regarding issues related to Mental Health social work and working in private practice.

Journey to Recovery from Extreme Trauma

09 May 2018, 9am- 4pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth – 6 CPD Hours

The AASW branch invites you to Trauma Informed Care workshop facilitated by Dr Ann O'Neill. This workshop will explore advanced skills and research to equip professionals working with people who have complex and extreme trauma experiences.

Working with Fathers in Families to Support Safe and Positive Fathering

23 May 2018, 9am- 4.30pm, City West Lotteries House, West Perth – 6 CPD Hours

This workshop will explore the importance of the fathers’ role in family services and how programmes can engage and support them. It will allow participants to review strengths-based ways to engage men using a child-centred approach

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