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

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.


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:


Final Countering Violent Extremism workshop in Brisbane


Free workshop: Building Resilience and Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism

We have a final workshop in Brisbane.

We are hosting a free continuing professional development workshop for social work, mental health and welfare professionals on Building Resilience & Preventing Radicalisation to Violent Extremism - An Awareness Raising Workshop.

Priority will be given to AASW members. Find out more and register:


Participate in research


We have opportunities to participate in research on our website:

Participating counts towards CPD.


PHN webinar - tomorrow!


The next webinar, titled “The 'nuts and bolts' of tender proposal writing for Primary Health Network commissioned services” will be held on Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 3.00pm–4.00pm AEDT. The webinar is free. If you are not able to attend the live event, by registering you will receive a recording later. Register for the ‘nuts and bolts’ webinar.

Read more about working with PHNs


Seeking expressions of interest - National Research Committee


We invite expressions of interest from AASW members to join the AASW National Research Committee. The committee’s purpose is to promote a culture of research within the profession and the association. You will be required to review research applications and grant applications and ensure they meet AASW standards.

Expressions of interest close COB Thursday, 18 April 2019.

Find out more on our website.


Mental Health Academy


AASW has partnered with the Mental Health Academy (MHA) to support members access to CPD.

Here are some highlights:

  • Join risk free (with MHA’s 30 Day Money-Back Guarantee)
  • Save up to 44% on your MHA membership
  • Access over 300 hours of AASW Endorsed CPD
  • Enjoy 140 plus video lectures and demonstrations, presented by global experts
  • Choose from dozens of topics, including Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS).

This offer ends at 5pm on Friday 29 March 2019.

Find out more at the Mental Health Academy website.


AASW CPD events


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


ACT Branch General Practice Group
Tuesday, 16 April

Supported Decision Making Workshop
Tuesday, 28 May

New South Wales

Environmental Social Work Practice Group
Wednesday, 27 March

Trauma-Informed Care & Practice - Level 2 
*Can count towards AASW Mental Health Accreditation CPD requirements*
Tuesday, 16 April

North Queensland


Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Thursday 16 and Friday 17 May

Loving working with Clients who have Borderline Personality Disorder: An introduction to the DBT approach
Monday, 27 May


Grief and Loss Seminar
Friday, 22 March


Privacy, Confidentiality, Documentation and Court Appearances – Understand your legal obligations to minimise your risk
Wednesday, 3 April

Walk for Justice for Refugees - Palm Sunday 2019
Sunday, 14 April

Social Work Management and Leadership Series: Workshop 3 Influencing for outcomes
Tuesday, 28 May
Note Workshop 1 Management Essentials, 26 March and Workshop 2 - Leadership Foundations, 30 April 2019 have reached capacity. Please email aaswvic@aasw.asn.au to be notified if cancellations occur.




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.

For further details and to register, please visit www.talominbooks.com


Carers attend your practice everyday

Carer Gateway is an Australian Government funded service providing practical information and support to Australia’s 2.7 million carers.

Your organisation might be interacting with carers on a daily basis, and may have the opportunity to help them to connect with services to maintain their wellbeing. You can refer carers directly to Carer Gateway, and be confident that carers will receive trustworthy advice relevant to their caring situation.

Carer Gateway is available by telephone on 1800 422 737 or online at www.carergateway.gov.au

Charles Sturt UniversityMelbourne University Advanced Social Work coursesRadix Body Centred Psychotherapy: The Body in Psychotherapy

Integrating mind, emotions and the body

Presenters: Narelle McKenzie MA Psych CRT and Anthea Fraser AMHSW CRT

Senior Trainers in Radix Somatic Psychotherapy

A five-day intensive workshop blending didactic and experiential learning of basic concepts underpinning mind-body psychotherapy including a day of supervised practice in the application of concepts presented. Recommended for any counsellor or therapist wishing to gain or deepen their understanding of somatic application in therapy, counselling and trauma work.

Gestalt Centre, Melbourne

2-6 May, 2019, 9am-5pm daily


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