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).”



Continuing Professional Development


Upcoming CPD events

Intergenerational Trauma: 
19 September 2018, 9:30am - 11:30am

UniSA City West Campus
Cheryl Lowe and John Rankine


Applying Attachment Theory: 
26 September 2018, 9:00am - 5:00pm

DECD, Mortlock Terrace, Port Lincoln
Sally Watson


Mindfulness and Self Compassion: 
9 October 2018, 9:30am - 4:30pm

EDC, Milner Street, Hindmarsh
Tina Gibson


Principles of Good Report Writing: 
17 October 2018, 9:30am - 1:00pm

EDC, Milner Street, Hindmarsh
Darren McGeachie


Annual Members Meeting
25 October 2018, 5:45pm - 7:00pm

The Cathedral Hotel, King William Street, Adelaide 



Legal Aspects of Case Notes: 
30 October 2018, 9:30am - 1:00pm

UniSA, Whyalla and Mount Gambier Campuses
Darren McGeachie



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Conferences & Events


Trauma-Informed Care Symposium - Perth

9 November 2018
Parmelia Hilton Perth, 14 Mill St, Perth 
(Image kindly supplied by Tourism Western Australia’)

AASW, WA Branch are bringing two streams of practice to increase the practice skills of social workers, human service workers, and their organisations. Key note speakers:

Dr Alicia Boccellari, Christine Craik and Dr Ann O’Neill

Be better Trauma Informed through attending these discussions themed on Recovery; how to organise, engage, source and develop recovery models, and Healing; the interpersonal awareness, therapy, creating healing and providing space for hope. For more information read the program overview here.


The National Child Protection Summit 2018

5-7 December 2018
Pullman Hotel, Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide
Forum participation is now open, criteria for abstracts can be downloaded at "The National Child Protection Summit" website:  Abstracts Criteria



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Mediation / Conflict Resolution Training

10-11 December 2018
Venue TBC

This interactive and stimulating 2 day course will assist professionals to explore conflict and impart the essential principles and process of mediation.  The course can be utilised in many different areas of conflict e.g. client work, workplace disputes and interpersonal conflict.


Difficult Conversations Training

12 December 2018
Venue TBC

A difficult but necessary conversation is anything you find hard to talk about but know that you need to. The issue is often how to start sensitive conversations that will invite open and constructive dialogue.  This 1 day workshop will assist the manager/ worker/ staff to understand and demonstrate the skills, techniques and model in having difficult but necessary conversations.



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