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Date Event Location
Ongoing Empowering Excellence: Becoming a social work supervisor: An interview with Jane Wexler
SWOT

In this informative interview, the AASW’s Lauren Paul engages supervision expert and consultant Jane Wexler via a series of pertinent questions regarding the path to becoming a supervisor.

Drawing on Jane’s extensive experience supervising new graduates to CEOs, and her expertise training other supervisors, Lauren takes Jane through a series of focused questions about supervision, social work and the best way for social workers to begin their own supervisor journey. Watch PREVIEW

2 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing Empowering Excellence: An introduction to infant mental health and infant-led work with families
Social Work Online Training

This 2.5 hour course provides an introduction to infant-led practice and infant mental health in the context of family practice. The course is presented by experienced social worker Dr Wendy Bunston, associate teacher at La Trobe University and director of wb training and consultancy.

This course is relevant to social workers (and other counsellors and allied health professionals) working with individuals, families, groups and/or wider communities; including within clinical mental health settings.

**FPS, MH, and Clinical Relevant**

**AASW Member Discount**

Online
Ongoing Empowering Excellence: A Narrative Therapy approach to men’s violence towards women
Social Work Online Training

This online course applies both narrative therapy and feminist approaches to working with both women who have been impacted by intimate partner violence, as well as men who have perpetrated violence. The course is presented by Helen Wirtz social worker and experienced family therapist.

This workshop is best suited to social workers (and other allied health practitioners) specialising in, or interested in specialising in) family violence, mental health practice and couples interventions. Watch PREVIEW

**FPS, MH, FV and Clinical Relevant**

**AASW Member Discount**

Online
Ongoing Empowering Excellence: Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Social Work Online Training

This one hour online course provides an introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). It is presented by Anthony Hillin (B. Soc. Stud (SW), M Adol MH, IPT Certified Interpersonal Psychotherapy Trainer), a social worker and one of Australia's leading experts in IPT .

This workshop is best suited to social workers (and other allied health practitioners) specialising in, or interested in specialising in) mental health practice. Watch PREVIEW

**FPS, MH and Clinical Relevant**

**AASW Member Discount**

Online
Ongoing Empowering Excellence: Introduction to Narrative Therapy and Community Work
Social Work Online Training

This 2 hour online course provides an engaging introduction to the key principles and practices of Narrative Therapy and Community Work. It is delivered by leading Narrative practitioner and academic Dr David Denborough, co-Director of the Dulwich Centre and co-ordinator of the Master of Narrative Therapy at the University of Melbourne. The course also provides an additonal two hours of online links to further learnring via the Dulwich Centre website.

This course is relevant to social workers (and other counsellors and allied health professionals) working with individuals, families, groups and/or wider communities; including within clinical mental health settings. Watch PREViEW

**FPS, MH and Clinical Relevant**

**AASW Member Discount**

Online
Ongoing Empowering Excellence: The transition from service provider to service manager with Dr Elizabeth Shannon
Social Work Online Training

This course aims to assist professionals in the welfare, health and community services sectors to strengthen their leadership and management skills as they transition into management and leadership roles. The course is also suitable to current managers seeking to further their leadership aspirations and pathways, and those contemplating the transition into management in the future.

This workshop is suited to a range of social work and/or other community and Allied Health workers, across community, health, Government and welfare settings. Watch PREVIEW

**AASW Member Discount**

Online
27 June 2022 Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy Techniques for single or limited session interventions
Webinar

This webinar will draw on Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy, Client Directed-Outcome Informed Therapy, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The techniques from these models allow practitioners to maintain clarity in another’s crisis, modify their and their client’s expectations of what can be done and help clients to achieve small, but important goals to set the foundations for ongoing recovery and/or thriving in the face of adversity.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Clinical

Online
28 & 29 June 2022 Walk with me: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Autistic Adults - June
Virtual Workshop

This two-part interactive workshop will take an evidence-based approach and will offer participants the opportunity to develop strategies for working with Autistic adults using ACT, both individually and with groups in the form of a half-day retreat.

The workshops will incorporate case studies, group discussions, and interactive activities, and will provide further opportunities for self-directed learning and reflection.

6 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Disability; Mental Health (FPS)

Online
Tuesday 28 June 2022 AEST Vic Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group - June
Online Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Peer Support Practice Group Meeting

Topic Discussion: Dr Jo Mensinga will facilitate a discussion on: “The relevance of the Yamas and Niyamas for social work practice”. Please source and read the article below, "Arielle Dylan & Kody Muncaster (2021) The yamas and niyamas of ashtanga yoga: relevance to social work practice, Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 40:4, 420-442, DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2021.1912686"


1 CPD Hour

No cost to attend

Via video-conference
4 July 2022 Normative Narrative Practice as a model of Social Work in Aged Care Mental Health
Webinar

This webinar will outline the role of social work in residential aged care facilities (RACF) and present a framework of practice that has evolved as an effective way of engaging with Older Adults. “Normative Narrative Practice” will emphasize the need for our practice to be normalized as opposed to being focused on pathology and diagnosis.

The webinar will also highlight the special role that Narrative Therapy and Reminiscence can play in addressing the emotional wellbeing needs of older adults entering RACF’s through reflection and the telling and retelling of stories. The importance of understanding the nature and type of relationship between social worker and client that has the best chance of developing trust, transparency and authenticity in this age group is also explored.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Older Persons Social Worker (coming soon)

Online
Monday 04 July 2022 Mackay Social Workers Networking - Jul
Meeting

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

Online
4th July 2022 WA Human Animal Bond Networking Group July
Meeting

WA Branch is proud to host Social work practice within the human-animal bond Networking Group meeting for those who work in the area or are interested in this practice.

Online
12 July 2022 Leading Teams in Social work practice - July
Virtual Workshop

Effective leadership encourages teams to deliver outcomes, support clients effectively, and develop individual team members’ potential. Most social work practices are needing to do more with less, and this key influence for performance cannot be overlooked.

This workshop will introduce you to critical leadership skills for navigating day-to-day workplace challenges and manage team behaviour and performance.

This event is now sold out - please click here for September's workshop.

3.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Wednesday2 13 July 2022 NSW - NAIDOC Week - Uluru Statement from the Heart presented by The Uluru Youth
Webinar

NAIDOC Week

Uluru Statement from the Heart presented by The Uluru Youth

The Uluru Youth are a collective group of young first Nations Peoples who support the Uluru Statement from the Heart
and a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution. We stand by the mandate of the Uluru Statement
for Voice, Treaty and Truth.

Online
14 & 21 July 2022 Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB) for Mood Disorders
Virtual Workshop

Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB) is evidence-based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive, cost-effective and simple. Social workers are ideally placed to integrate DB for anxiety, depression and mood disorders experienced by their clients.

This two-part interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to experience, and learn and develop proficiency in slow, diaphragmatic breathing as a simple skill for mental health practice.

  • facilitator-led workshops: 5 hours
  • self-directed learning and practice:1 hour

6 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health (FPS); Clinical

Online
Tuesday 26 July 2022 AEST Vic Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group - July
Online Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Peer Support Practice Group

Topic-TBC


1 CPD Hour

No cost to attend

Via video-conference
Wednesday 27th July 2022 AEST NSW - Connect:ED Webinar - Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws in NSW- implications for Social Work
Webinar

0.5 CPD hour

Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws in NSW- implications for Social Work

Expertise in end of life conversations is a crucial social work skill in many domains of clinical practice.
With the imminent implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation in NSW, this webinar will
focus on the ethical and access issues for individuals who seek to avail themselves of medication to
end their lives and will address the social work role in this emerging space.

Online
Monday 01 August 2022 Mackay Social Workers Networking - Aug
Meeting

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

Online
Wednesday 10th August 2022 AEST NSW - Connect:ED Webinar - Keeping Men in Mind: Understanding and responding to male suicidality and distress
Webinar

0.5 CPD hour

Keeping Men in Mind: Understanding and responding to male suicidality and distress

Over 60% of men who die by suicide have been in contact with mental health services prior to their death. As therapists, when men come through our door, we need to ensure we’re offering therapy that meets them where they’re at. The aim of this webinar is to increase therapists’ awareness, skills and confidence to engage, connect with, and respond more effectively to their male clients.

Presenter: Dr Zac Seidler

Online
11 August 2022 Sharpening the Focus: NDIS and Private Practice Social Work
Webinar

This webinar will explain the NDIS service system and your social work role within it, providing strategies to market and promote your point of difference to build a stable and professionally rewarding caseload of NDIS Participants for the long-term.

Common service delivery challenges and misconceptions will be clarified including:

  • Service Agreements, item numbers and cancellations
  • Key language and terminology to use in letters and reports
  • NDIS funding (core supports, capacity building and capital)
  • Practice issues (neurodevelopmental conditions and psychosocial disability)

Additionally, the scope of social work in the NDIS will be traversed with on-the-ground tips and hints (including traps to avoid) when working within the NDIS service system.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Disability

Online
16 August 2022 A Solution-Focused Approach to Single-Session Client Work with Couples and Families
Webinar

This webinar will present a practical approach to single-session work with couples and families based on a solution-focused model, including:

  • an overview of the theory behind solution-focused client work and relationships/family work more broadly.
  • acknowledgement of areas of work with couples or families where a solution-focused approach may or may not be appropriate.
  • practical solution-focused strategies for use in a single session including an example of a single-session structure.
  • discussion of potential challenges and ethical considerations. Examples of practice will be provided throughout.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Clinical

Online
23 August 2022 Personal Strengths Profiling
Virtual Workshop

This 3.5-hour virtual workshop will introduce participants to ways of identifying their strengths and working with them for increased effectiveness and resilience.

Using the world-renowned VIA Character Strengths Profile, this session will encourage participants to consider ways to adopt a strengths-based approach to their own development. With guidance from an accredited organisational coach, participants explore their own Character Strengths Profile and discuss ways to apply their strengths in a variety of situations and contexts.

3.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Tuesday 30 August 2022 AEST Vic Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group - August
Online Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Peer Support Group Meeting

Topic Discussion : TBA


1 CPD Hour

No cost to attend

Via video-conference
Monday 05 September 2022 Mackay Social Workers Networking - Sep
Meeting

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

Online
5th September 2022 WA Human Animal Bond Networking Group September
Meeting

WA Branch is proud to host Social work practice within the human-animal bond Networking Group meeting for those who work in the area or are interested in this practice.

Online
8 September 2022 Supporting families experiencing non-finite loss and grief due to chronic illness or lifelong disability
Webinar

The grief experience of parents and carers living with a child with a disability or chronic illness is unique and lifelong. As clinicians working with these families, social workers need to ensure that their work reflects an understanding and normalisation of the family’s experience of non-finite and ambiguous loss, and grief interventions that promote resilience.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health, FPS and Disability

Online
14 September 2022 Working with Older People who experienced childhood trauma in ‘care’
Webinar

This webinar will introduce evidence-based knowledge on the impacts of childhood trauma in care and the lived experience of these people, who are referred to as Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers. It will help social workers gain an understanding of how to prevent re-traumatisation in aged care settings and identify and respond to trauma behaviours.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Older Persons Social Worker (coming soon)

Online
22 September 2022 Leading Teams in Social work practice - September
Virtual Workshop

Effective leadership encourages teams to deliver outcomes, support clients effectively, and develop individual team members’ potential. Most social work practices are needing to do more with less, and this key influence for performance cannot be overlooked.

This workshop will introduce you to critical leadership skills for navigating day-to-day workplace challenges and manage team behaviour and performance.

3.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Tuesday 27 September 2022 AEST Vic Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group - September
Online Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Peer Support Practice Group

Topic-TBC


1 CPD Hour

No cost to attend

Via video-conference
Monday 10 October 2022 Mackay Social Workers Networking - Oct
Meeting

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

Online
17 Oct 2022 Providing Feedback
Virtual Workshop

This interactive, small group workshop provides a fun and safe environment where participants will learn and practice the “how” and “why” of providing feedback. This workshop will begin by establishing the importance of feedback and its role in our professional lives, before delving into common challenges to providing feedback. The session will focus on strategies and techniques that are helpful in delivering feedback in a constructive and supportive way.

Participants will leave this session with the skills to implement best practice feedback strategies, and improved confidence when approaching these discussions.

3.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

AASW Credential: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Tuesday 25 October 2022 AEST Vic Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group - October
Online Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Peer Support Practice Group meeting

Topic Discussion : TBC


1 CPD Hour

No cost to attend

Via video-conference
Monday 07 November 2022 Mackay Social Workers Networking - Nov
Meeting

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

Online
7th November 2022 WA Human Animal Bond Networking Group November
Meeting

WA Branch is proud to host Social work practice within the human-animal bond Networking Group meeting for those who work in the area or are interested in this practice.

Online
Wednesday, 16 November 2022 Vic Rural Remote Social Work Action Practice Group Meeting - Nov
Online meeting

Come along to the Rural Remote Social Work Action Practice Group's November meeting!

Date: 16 November 2022

Time: 7:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Meeting details will be emailed closer to the meeting date.

Online
24 November 2022 Solution-focused self-care strategies for Social Workers
Webinar

This 1-hour interactive webinar will provide a safe space to explore and validate the importance of self-care and well-being for social workers. It will offer participants the opportunity to feel supported and will encourage them to share self-care tips and practice strategies for improved overall well-being, mindset, and productivity.

This webinar will introduce the value of self-care in social work practice and the crucial role it plays in professional sustainability, job satisfaction, and future career development. It will also highlight the benefits and discuss practical self-care strategies to combat some of the above-mentioned challenges faced in some social work positions in the field.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Tuesday 29 November 2022 AEST Vic Social Work Yoga and Mindfulness Practice Group - November
Online Meeting

Social Work Yoga and Peer Support Practice Group

Topic-TBC


1 CPD Hour

No cost to attend

Online
Monday 05 December 2022 Mackay Social Workers Networking - Dec
Meeting

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

Online
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