Empowering Excellence - new content release


Empowering Excellence: Social Work Online Training - Register now - gold letters on a purple background

Nurture your professional growth with the AASW Empowering Excellence series; a contemporary suite of evidence-informed online learning opportunities for social workers, delivered by experts across practice and research.

New topics:

  1. Evidence based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology with Dr Judy Lovas (FPS relevant)
  2. Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work  with Dr David Denborough (FPS relevant)
  3. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with Anthony Hillin and Vanessa Edwige

The complete suite of Empowering Excellence online workshops is available on our website - including exclusive packages.

You can also watch a watch a taster.

Interested in the AASW Family Violence Credential?

The Empowering Excellence program offers the following offerings to help meet your Family Violence CPD requirements:

  1. Narrative Therapy approach to men’s violence towards women with Helen Wirtz (FPS relevant)
  2. An introduction to infant mental health and infant-led work with families with Dr Wendy Bunston (FPS relevant)

Power Your Advantage - upgrade your membership


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Congratulations and welcome to all new Social Work Graduates! You are now part of a professional community that works tirelessly for a more inclusive and socially just society.

Upgrade your AASW membership for free from Student to New Graduate. This will give you full member benefits of insurance, CPD, social policy and advocacy contribution opportunities and the Ethics consultation service.


Amplify: A one-day social work toolkit forum


AASW Queensland Branch Presents Amplify!

What in the world is Bush Adventure Therapy (BAT) and how can it be integrated into social work practice? Join Amanda Smith in an exploration of BAT, its research evidence, ethical foundations, principles and practices that guide safe and effective BAT practice. 

If you're attending this dynamic short workshop at the Queensland Branch's upcoming Amplify! Practice Forum, make sure you wear comfortable clothing, a hat, and have a water bottle and sunscreen on hand - a room bound session this is not!

Register now for the Amplify! Forum.


Specialist Dementia Care Program


The Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) is a new Australian Government initiative which aims to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people who are living with dementia and exhibiting severe and enduring behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), sometimes referred to as responsive behaviours.

Two webinars were shown on 16 and 18 January; you can watch them back now.

More webinars are planned for 2019.

For more information on the SDCP Assessment Project, please visit the Department of Health website or email assessment@dementia.com.au to receive updates.


Mental Health Professionals' Network - free webinars


The Mental Health Professionals' Network is hosting two free webinars in March:


Centenary of ANZAC Centre Practitioner Support Service


Do you work with veterans?  The Centenary of Anzac Centre is an initiative of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health runs a national Practitioner Support Service (PSS).

The PSS provides free advice, consultation and support to any health practitioner or support agencies who work with veterans with mental health problems across Australia. It offers support and advice on subjects ranging from seeking help in understanding military and veteran culture and the DVA service system through to latest research, sourcing a practitioner in their area, or seeking an opportunity to discuss and get advice around complex cases.

Find out more at the Centenary of ANZAC Centre website.


Update on the AASW Accredited Clinical Social Work (ACSW) Credential


The Expert Advisor Panel are currently finalising the Clinical Social Work capability framework having received valuable feedback through the consultation phase at the end of last year. 

The final Clinical Social Work Capability Framework will form part of the AASW Accredited Clinical Social Work credential (ACSW) credential. This credential recognises advanced direct practice in a diverse and unique range of clinical practice settings and bodies of work.

Further information can be found in the Explanatory Statement including eligibility criteria.

We are currently finalising the application process and other supporting documents that will form part of the credential launch in the coming months. Please direct any further queries to our credentialing team: credentialing@aasw.asn.au


AASW CPD events


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

New South Wales

Pathways of Recovery: Strengths Approaches to Mental Health - last chance to register!
Monday, 11 February

Ethics at the Branch - Professional boundaries and dual relationships
Monday, 18 February

Environmental Social Work Practice Group - inaugural meeting
Thursday, 28 February

North Queensland

Cairns Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 13 February

Mackay Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 13 February

Townsville Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, 20 February


Qld Branch Forum – Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Friday, 15 February

South Australia

Strengthening & broadening ideas for independent practice in social work - A workshop
Wednesday, 13 February

Working with Men Separating from Violence and Abuse: A Narrative and Invitational Approach
Tuesday, 19 February


Northern Regional Networking welcome dinner
Wednesday, 13 February

Grief and Loss Seminar
Friday, 22 March


Midsumma Pride March 2019 (join the inaugural AASW contingent in this iconic event!)
Sunday, 3 February 2019, 11.00am-1.30pm

Social Work Management and Leadership Series
Seminar 1: Management Essentials
Tuesday, 26 March

Seminar 2: Leadership Foundations
Tuesday, 30 April

Seminar 3: Influencing for Outcomes
Tuesday, 28 May




Loss and Grief Relating To Ability, Ageing and Dementia (7 CPD hours)

This workshop will explore the unique losses and grief associated with dementia and what can be help both the person with diagnosis and their families/carers to cope. Strategies will be offered to help people who support these families to engage in an active grieving process that acknowledges the losses experienced and the life of their loved one.

Cost $395

  • Sydney 7 February
  • Adelaide 14 February


Trauma education workshops with clinical psychologist Dr Leah Giarratano in 2019

These two acclaimed, highly practical, evidence-based workshops will underpin your clinical practice in traumatology. Offered in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin. Each attracts 14 CPD hours.

Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) is applicable to both adult and adolescent clients.

Treating complex trauma (Day 3-4) is intended for survivors of child abuse and neglect and you must attend Treating PTSD beforehand.


CQ University Australia: Study Positive Psychology Learn More

Enquire about becoming a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

6th Future of Youth Employment Forum - 20-22 February 2019 Novotel Perth

La Trobe University Disability Practice Courses - Online - Learn More


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