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AASW VIC Talks: Coping through Covid-19

Event Details
Date: Thursday, 14 October 2021
Time: 6PM
Venue: Online
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 1.5

Members: Free

Non-members: $10

Organiser: AASW VIC Branch

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AASW VIC Talks all things social work practice!

Topic: Families and Young people coping through COVID times through the lens of a Public Mental Health Social Worker

During this session the presenters will be discussing the impact the global pandemic has had on the mental health of our young people, Families and First Nations community.

This is through the lens of public mental health social worker in an Area Mental Health service. We will be discussing the rise in Mental Health issues, the impact on change of practice eg. telehealth, our learnings and some of our strengths working with families and young people who are experiencing Mentally Ill Health.

Meet the Presenters:

Jacara Egan

Ngata! I am a Proud Muthi Muthi and Gunditjamara Woman and Social worker. I have been a Mental health social worker for 11 years and have worked in a variety of roles in Clinical and non-Clinical Mental Health services across Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and Mainstream Organisations. I grew up in Mildura, Victoria and have spent some time working in the Northern Territory before returning to Naarm ( Melbourne ) for the past 6 years. I am currently the Social Work Mental Health State wide educator for the Centre for Mental health learning Victoria.

Kristen Henley

Kristen Henley is, currently, Chief Social Worker and Fapmi Coordinator at Inner West Area Mental Health Service in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne. She has held the FaPMI Coordinator role at IW since 2017 establishing a wide range of innovative programs including the recently launched Kitchen Table in partnership with consumer and carer LE staff. She has extensive experience as a senior social worker and family worker/advocate, has supported the Carer LE staff, coordinated the Multiple Family Group program at NAMHS, and provided training in Single Session Family Consultation and numerous conference presentations.

Lena Bisognin

Lena Bisognin has been working in the field of child and family mental health and family therapy since the early 1990’s. She is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist with extensive experience and education in child protection, trauma, grief and loss, family court, school social work, child and adolescent mental health, supervision and leadership. She currently works as a Discipline Senior of Social Work in Early in Life Mental Health Services. She enjoys partnering up with clinicians to do family therapy and intake assessments and is proud to be supervising talented and compassionate social workers in this service.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers