Acknowledgement of Country: “We begin by acknowledging that we work on the lands of the Aboriginal People, the traditional owners and ongoing custodians of the lands of South Australia.  We pay our respects to the elders past and present, their ancestors and their families. The AASW commit to actively engage, include & represent the voices of Aboriginal Social Workers & Aboriginal communities in their work, commit to seeking their equal opportunity, freedom of expression and social justice through our work.”   (Shirley Young; August 2017).”



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Upcoming CPD events

Navigating Private Practice in Social Work
April 20, 2018. 1:00pm to 5:00pm

SACOSS 47 King William Rd, Unley SA 5061

Register now - bookings still OPEN

Enjoy an afternoon of networking and information sharing with other Social Workers in Private Practice.
Isolation is a common challenge for social workers in private practice. Maintaining links with like-minded colleagues helps to nourish and flourish - both personally and professionally in the long-term.

Who Cares? We Care!!
Saturday April 28, 2018. 2:00pm to 5:00pm

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Join friends and family along with Nancy Bates and The Fiddle Chicks for an afternoon of caring and raising awareness for children who are homeless.  Local author, Jayne Dance is partnering with Who Cares? We Care!  Her soon to be published children’s picture book Dancing with Ruby takes us on a journey of struggles, mistakes and distractions, wrapped in a wonderful sense of joy and resilience.

Supervision 1: A Reflective and Developmental Approach
Presented by Margaret Morrell
Tuesday May 1 - Thursday May 3 9.00am to 6.30pm


How to establish and maintain a trusting, productive supervisory relationship

  • The value and purpose of the individually negotiated supervision agreement
  • How to structure a supervisory discussion to promote learning and growth
  • The supervisor’s “toolbox” and how to choose your tools to most benefit the supervisee
  • How to model and promote reflective practice with supervisees
  • How to engage supervisees in the supervision process
  • The “5‐Eyed Supervisee”
  • How to deal with ethical issues and dilemmas in your supervisees’ practice.

Save the Date!

Observing and Interacting with children 0-5
(replacing Grooming Behaviours)
June 13, 2018. 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Presented by Mary Hood

Welcome to the Profession for Students and New Graduates
June 14, 2018. 6:00pm to 9:00pm
presented by the Students and New Graduates Committee

Strengths Based Supervision
June 20, 2018. 9:30am to 4:30pm
Presented by Jennie Charlton

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Conferences & Events


ANZSWWER 2018 Symposium Call for Abstracts Closes April 20, 2018
September 20-21, 2018. Flinders University

We invite you to submit an abstract for the ANZSWWER 2018 Symposium, to be held at Flinders University, Adelaide on 20th and 21st of September. Further information regarding the Symposium and the NFEN Day being held on the 19th September will be circulated in the coming weeks. 

Closing Date: Friday 20 April 2018. Email with ‘ANZSWWER 2018 Abstract’ as the title.

The 2nd Australia and New Zealand Refugee Trauma Recovery in Resettlement Conference 

The Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 27-29 March 2019.  The conference is being organised by QPASTT, the Queensland agency of The Forum of Australian Services for Survivors of Torture and Trauma (FASSTT). 

Collaborative Advocacy Forum on Refugee Rights
Tuesday May 1st, 2018 9:30am to 2:00pm Thebarton Community Centre

Justice for Refugees SA will be hosting a collaborative advocacy forum on refugee rights.  We have currently engaged with over 30 different service providers, unions, community and religious organisations who are interested in refugee issues and further exploring collaboration.  Our sum is greater than our parts and Justice for Refugees SA is looking to build an effective South Australian coalition and a coordinated advocacy campaign to improve the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.

Our vision is to adopt a flexible and rigorous approach to collaboration around building a tolerant, accepting South Australia that successfully integrates refugees and contributes nationally to campaigning for positive, humane and compassionate refugee policies.

UniSA Seminar Invitation
Wednesday May 9, 2018. 3:00pm to 4:30pm

"Cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes from computerised cognitive training for older diabetic adults at risk of dementia: Results of a double-blind RCT” By Guest Speaker Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs
"Implementing Next Generation Cognitive Training for Clinical Practice” By Guest Speaker Dr Amit Lampit

SACOSS Essential Services and Consumers Living with Disability Conference 2018
May 14, 2018

The Conference will bring together businesses, government, community sector workers including disability advocates, service providers and consumers living with a disability (including families and carers) in the energy, water, telecommunications and transport space. Delegates will share and hear about the needs and experiences of those living with a disability and explore how essential service businesses can address disadvantage for those in vulnerable situations.

Effective Strategies for working with Involuntary Clients: International Perspectives
May 23-25, 2018. Prato Italy.

This international conference on working with involuntary clients, gathering ideas from research, policy, and practice about strategies for effective practice in child welfare, corrections, social welfare and family services, health/mental health substance use/abuse and domestic violence. In addition, presentations related to legal, ethical, and cultural are issues invited. Issues related to the dynamics of working with this population will be discussed, with an emphasis on the importance of building relationships, engagement and problem solving.

ICS Indigenous Conferences

ICS Australia have announced the launch of their 2018 Indigenous Conferences commencing in June 2018 and travel from Cairns to the ACT and Brisbane. 

ICS staff and management wish friends, industry colleagues, delegates and supporters to our Indigenous conferences a great and prosperous New Year 2018! ICS success is based upon our principle of trusting our culture and listening and adhering to our grassroots, community controlled grounding and as part of this, our future planning is open to input from communities and grassroots individuals. With this in mind, we are extremely keen to receive input and ideas of topics of concern from around Australia which may not have the chance to be addressed in the previous year’s conference topics and agenda.

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