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A day in the life of a forensic social worker

Event Details
Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022
Time: 6 PM AEDT
Venue: Online
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 1
CPD Category: 3: Professional Identity - Attending an AASW Event

Members: Free

Non-members: $10

Organiser: AASW VIC Branch

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AASW VIC Talks - all things social work practice!

AASW VIC Branch presents "A day in the life of a social worker" series where the panellists from unique and diverse areas of social work practice would discuss the nuances of the practice, the pathways and opportunities that lie within the industry.

Topic: A day in the life of a forensic social worker
Presenters: Mark Megalla and Shelley Turner

Mark Megalla is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who has been working in public mental health services for more than sixteen years. He currently works as a senior clinician on Forensicare's court based Mental Health Advice & Response (MHARS) program. Mr Megalla has obtained a thorough understanding of forensic mental health as he had worked on a diverse range of services based, within Thomas Embling Hospital (TEH), the community and prison settings over the past ten years. Mr Megalla has also completed post graduate studies in Forensic Behavioural Science. As a Social Worker, he has a passion for Recovery oriented practices based on the principles of collaboration and self-determination and understands the ethical tensions that exist when working with clients on legal orders and are deemed to be at risk to either themselves or others.

Dr Shelley Turner is the chief social worker at Forensicare (Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health). She holds adjunct clinical academic appointments in social work at Monash University and RMIT University and at the Swinburne Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science. Her research focuses on social work practice in youth justice, adult corrections, forensic mental health, and problem-solving courts.

In this session, you'll get to know:
1. A brief overview of forensicare - who we are are & what we do
2. A brief overview of the different programs of Forensicare where Social workers work on
3. Social Work structure and numbers/allocation of Social Work across Forensicare
4. The role of SocialWork in Forensicare
5. Future direction and opportunities of SW at Forensicare
6. Required qualifications and experiences to work as SW at Forensicare

Q&A at the end of the presentation.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers