National Child Protection Week 2-8 September


National Child Protection Week 2018

Australian governments must make a significant investment in early intervention services to ensure children and families receive the support they need from skilled and knowledgeable professionals, said the AASW National President Christine Craik on the eve of National Child Protection Week.

“The AASW has consistently argued that governments have a responsibility to create environments that support children, young people and families to substantially reduce the various factors that increase the likelihood of abuse,” said Ms Craik.

Read our full media release. 


AASW WA Branch Trauma-Informed Care Symposium


The AASW WA Branch Symposium aims to enhance the awareness, develop practice skills and knowledge for social workers working in Trauma Recovery. This Symposium aims to highlight trauma informed best practice and to provide an opportunity for social workers and human service professionals to engage in the latest research, practice models and frameworks.

For more information and to register, please visit our website.




RU OK Day - Be Part of the Conversation Movement

RU OK Day? is Thursday, 13 September. The AASW has registered to support RU OK Day in our workplace, and we encourage others to do the same. 

Be part of the Conversation Convoy.


Your Distinction


Your Distinction: Find out more

The expansion of the AASW credentialing program is to recognise a notable level of expertise in an area of social work practice.

AASW accreditation means Your Distinction in the social work sector, your area of expertise and your career journey. These new credentials raise the profile of the social work profession and enhance your employment opportunities.

The new AASW credentials will be launched over the next year to recognise advanced social work practices in the following specialist areas. You can apply for the Accredited Family Violence Social Worker now.

You can register your interest to hear more as we develop the remaining credentials on website.


Participate in research


Members are invited to participate in research, the purpose of which is to understand the cultural competence of mental health practitioners. Your participation will involve completing an anonymous online survey.

Read more about the research.

The survey closes 14 September 2018.


Social Work Focus: Seeking articles and review panel


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Social Work Focus is your membership magazine. Read the latest edition.

We are seeking practice articles for the Summer 2018 issue, with the theme of "social work futures". The deadline for submissions is 12 October 2018. Read our contributor guidelines.

We are also seeking a review panel to read and accept the articles we receive. To express interest email


AASW events


All AASW branch and online events can be found in the events calendar or on SWOT.

Australian Capital Territory

Exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work
Thursday, 20 September
6.00pm - 7.30pm

New South Wales

Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2
Thursday, 16 October
9.00am - 4.30pm

North Queensland

Making the Most of Supervision
Thursday, 20 September 2018
9.00am - 5.00pm

Family violence, a seminar presented by AASW National President Christine Craik
Friday, 28 September 
2.00pm - 4.30pm


Underneath the Masculine Mask: How to Effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
9.00am - 4.15pm

The Forgotten Known – Stage Two – Further Development of Attachment Theory in Practice
Thursday, 1 November 2018
9.00am - 4.15pm

South Australia

Intergenerational Trauma
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
9.30am - 11.30am

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 (Regional: Port Lincoln)
9.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday, 9 October 2018
9.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
9.30am - 1.00pm


North West Regional Networking Dinner
Thursday 13 September 2018
6.00pm – 8.00pm

Friday Catch up @ Embers – Southern Networking Group
Friday, 21 September 2018
5.30pm – 6.30pm


Ethical Decision-Making For Social Workers
Monday, 17 September 2018
9.15am - 1.15pm

Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Legal Issues of Capacity in the Health Arena
Thursday, 20 September 2018
3.00pm - 5.00pm 

Western Australia

Body Connections
Wednesday, 19 September  2018
9.00am - 4.30pm

Setting up in Private Practice
Saturday, 20 October 2018
9.00am - 3.00pm

WA Trauma Informed Symposium
Friday, 9 November 2018
9.00am - 5.00pm




Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Children

Use the AASW discount code CC*AASW


Trauma education workshops with clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano in November 2018

These two professional development workshops provide mental health professionals with practical skills and up-to-date research in traumatology.

Treating PTSD is offered in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and attracts 14 CPD hours.

Treating complex trauma (helping survivors of abuse and neglect) is offered in Sydney and Melbourne (you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand) and attracts 14 CPD hours.

For further details and to register, please visit 


Anthony Hillin -communicating integrity

Social worker and Certified IPT trainer

Interpersonal Psychotherapy for adolescents and adults: a brief, attachment-based intervention
This workshop provides intensive skill development with two expert trainers.

Grief, loss, transition and change: Creative ways of working with children, adolescents and adults
This popular two-day experiential workshop has been delivered by Anthony to over 100 audiences in Europe and Australasia.

Sydney and Brisbane October – December dates.

Information and registration:

These workshops attract 14 hours CPD.


Dual Diagnosis Training - Alcohol, Other Drugs & Concurrent Mental Health Issues

This advanced training covers all of the current evidence based, best practice in the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health from an integrated, holistic framework. This training will equip workers to be able to deliver a brief & early interventions to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as advanced AOD & Mental Health psychotherapeutic skills.

Live training dates listed at bottom of website.

The training attracts 12 hours of CPD.

Dual Diagnosis Training


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