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The AASW Empowering Excellence program offers contemporary and evidence-based online learning, tailored for social workers.

  • Learn in your own time, at your own pace
  • Designed and delivered by experts across practice and research
  • A range of clinical and therapeutic approaches, relevant to early career and more experienced social workers
  • Covers CPD topics aligned with Mental Health and Family Violence Social Work Accreditation.   

Topic include:

  1. Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work  with Dr David Denborough (FPS relevant) Watch David Denborough's preview
  2. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with Anthony Hillin and Vanessa Edwige Watch Anthony Hillin and Vanessa Edwige's preview
  3. Evidence based Relaxation Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology with Dr Judy Lovas (FPS relevant) Watch Dr Judy Lovas's preview
  4. A Narrative Therapy approach to men’s violence towards women with Helen Wirtz  Watch Helen Wirtz's preview
  5. Becoming a social work supervisor: An interview with Jane Wexler Watch Jane Wexler's preview
  6. The transition from service provider to service manager  Watch Dr Elizabeth Shannon's preview

Access the complete suite of Empowering Excellence courses -  including exclusive packages.


Make a difference to your Association


As an Association, we have a responsibility to advance social work in Australia. From setting the standards of education, to influencing government policy, advocating for the profession and being the leading voice on social justice issues in Australia, the Association is putting in place the fundamentals of good governance. But we need your support to achieve this.  We are inviting members to once again have a voice and advance the future of social work in Australia.

We have established a webpage which contains further information, including the Discussion Paper and proposed changes to the Constitution in a "marked up" format.

On Tuesday, 5 March, AASW National President Christine Craik and director Brooke Kooymans hosted a webinar to answer member questions about the changes. If you missed it, you can watch the recording.

Members are invited to submit comments or questions to the AASW Company Secretary, Geoff Bennett, at geoff.bennett@aasw.asn.au, or by telephone on (03) 9320 1017. All feedback must be received by Monday, 18 March 2019 at 5.00pm AEDT.

Read more about the Constitution update


Law for Community Workers on the go: NSW Legal Aid podcast


Law for Community Workers on the go

Law for Community Workers on the go is a podcast where lawyers and other experts talk about what’s new in the law and other topics. The Podcasts are on Podbean or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Recent podcasts relevant to community workers (including social workers) nationally include:


Mental Health Professionals' Network - free webinars


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


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website. 

Have you worked with interpreters in the disability sector? Participants are required to participate in a 30-60 minute interview. The study is open until June 2019.


Accredited Disability Social Worker credential


The AASW is expanding its credentialing program to recognise specialisation in a range of practice areas including Disability Social Work. As part of the AASW Your Distinction program, we have appointed an expert advisor panel who have developed a Draft Disability Social Work Capability Framework. These capabilities enable the AASW to articulate the skills and knowledge required for specialised practice in disability social work. The capability document will form a standing document and will also be used as a requirement for an applicant to gain the AASW Accredited Disability Social Worker (ADSW) credential.

The expert advisor panel and the AASW are seeking further feedback on these draft capabilities. Please provide feedback via tracked changes by 20 March 2019. We will consolidate this feedback and refer it to the expert advisor team who will consider the feedback and where necessary adjust the capabilities. The final version of the capability framework will be published on our website and will form part of the AASW Accredited Disability Social Worker credential.

Please direct your feedback to: credentialing@aasw.asn.au.


South Australian Social Worker of the Year Awards


The South Australian Branch is seeking nominations for Social Worker of the Year Awards in various categories. 

Nominations close on Wednesday, 13 March at 5.00pm ACDT.

For nomination forms and more information, please see the website.


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.


Health professionals have your say – My Aged Care research survey


The department has commissioned AMR to conduct a third wave of research to continue to track how users feel about My Aged Care. The aims of the evaluation are to:

  • measure progress against objectives
  • identify areas for further enhancements/improvements.

Find out more about the survey and participate.


Resilient Australia Awards


Applications are now open for the 2019 Resilient Australia Awards.

Now in their 20th year, the awards celebrate those in our community who show initiative in helping to create a more disaster resilient Australia. Social workers involved in assisting communities should nominate.

Submissions are accepted in each state and territory for business, community, government, schools and photography awards. The awards are open to all Australians, including individuals, not for profit organisations, small and large businesses, local and state government, schools, education institutions, research bodies, and emergency service agencies.

Applications are open until 17 May 2019. For more information and to apply go to the Resilient Australia Awards website.


Interested in volunteering overseas?


Hundreds of Australians take up the challenge to live and work in developing countries every year. The Australian Volunteers Program matches a broad range of skilled Australians with partner organisations in 26 countries across the Indo-Pacific region.

This Pro Bono Webinar brought to you by the Australian Volunteers Program, and you will learn about the diverse range of skilled assignments available, how to become a volunteer, and how volunteers are supported through allowances, airfares, training and more.

The webinar is being held on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 from 4.00pm-5.00pm.

Find out more and register for the webinar.


AASW CPD events


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


ACT Branch World Social Work Day breakfast
Tuesday, 19 March

ACT Branch General Practice Group
Tuesday, 16 April

Supported Decision Making Workshop
Tuesday, 28 May

New South Wales

World Social Work Day evening function
Tuesday, 19 March

Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2 
Tuesday, 16 April

North Queensland

Cairns Networking Breakfast
Thursday, 14 March

World Social Work Day Breakfast
Tuesday, 19 March


Please send an EOI to aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au to go on the waitlist for our upcoming CPD. We will contact you once dates and venues have been decided.

Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Trainer: Ruth Crowley Brown

This two full day workshop is designed to encompass Focused Psychological Strategies which can benefit the quality and efficacy of casework relationships by adding a deeper Psychological dimension to social work and other practices.

Loving working with Clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder: An introduction to the DBT approach.
Trainer: Rebecca Medway

DBT is an evidenced-based treatment for the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and a number of other mental health disorders.


Grief and Loss Seminar
Friday, 22 March


International Women's Day Rally and March 2019 - AASW Victorian Branch
Friday, 8 March 2019
5.15pm for 5.30pm start - look for the AASW banner

Vic Branch: School Social Work Practice Group Peer Supervision and Meeting
Monday, 18 March 2019

World Social Work Day Breakfast 2019
Keynote speaker Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM
Tuesday, 19 March




The Shark Cage®: A practical framework for addressing vulnerability and re-victimisation in girls and women.

May 3rd Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Preston

Find out why so many counselling, family violence, family support and youth services keep sending their workers to this popular training. With its human rights foundation, this approach makes sense to clients and brings about real change. Learn about the five evidence-based steps in the framework and how to apply them in your group or individual work immediately.


Engaging Minds - 2019 training Mr Garry King

Doctor of Social Work Charles Sturt University

Prato 2019 Working with violence in adults and youth Swinburne University - Prato, Italy


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