Take a glimpse into behaviour management in schools, from a social workers perspective.
This course will offer participants practical skills and knowledge in understanding the importance of relationships in the education system. It will discuss the role Social Workers have in identifying, supporting, and managing behaviours in children and adolescents. The course will further explore the complexity of behaviour through a relational lens and how Social Workers can be active participants of change within the education system.
Social Work has a unique role to play in supporting children in behaviour management within the Australian school system. As Social Workers may be employed in a variety of job roles within (and adjacent to) schools in each State and Territory, it is important for all practitioners to understand the interplay between Social Work values and the education system.
This session will begin with an overview of the importance of relationships in addressing behaviour concerns. Drawing from this, the online webinar will discuss current behaviour management strategies within the education system with reflection on how the strategies align with Social Works ethics and standards. It will further reinforce the importance of understanding the predisposing characteristics of behaviour and how Social Workers can be active participants in challenging and changing behaviours and their management. Case studies will be provided to connect theory with practice. Finally, the online webinar will examine the role of the Social Worker within the school system. Building on this understanding, the session will examine how Social Workers have a unique opportunity to influence school culture, through relationship development and how these processes embody social work values. Key strategies and approaches to working with people of influence and effecting culture change will be explored, drawing on the presenter’s own experience in school-based social work.
Who should attend? Social workers and allied health practitioners who work in schools, or with young people with disabilities, OOHC and children protection contexts are encouraged to attend. This webinar will be valuable for social workers of all levels of experience, including graduates and those not already working in schools.
By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Understand the importance of relationships in behaviour support and management within the education system.
- Critically reflect on the predisposing features of behaviour and its presentations.
- Consider how to remediate differences in behaviour management between Social Work and the education system.
- Explore the ABC (the Antecedent, Behavior and Consequence) of behaviour management.
AASW Credentials: School (launching soon); Disability
Can't attend live? Your registration includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.
Amanda Hicks (Master Social Work, Master Philosophy Education(research), Master Educational Studies, Grad Cert Mental Health, Bachelor of Arts, Grad Dip Education, Grad Cert TESOL) is an educational specialist, Accredited Social Worker, and co-director of training provider Professional Development Oz.
With over 26 years of professional experience in education and social work, Amanda is a passionate educator and advocate for children, young people and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities. Over the course of her career, she has supported thousands of clients with learning difficulties and disabilities in Australia and New Zealand and has lectured and supervised students at an undergraduate and postgraduate level at university.
Amanda has pursued numerous qualifications in education and mental health, with her specialisation in working memory and learning. Today, she continues to educate professionals about contemporary research, evidence-based practices and interventions. Amanda maintains her role as an advocate for children with a disability and their families, enabling access to appropriate support within the education system.