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AASW (WA) AMHSW & Private Practice Networking Night

Event Details
Date: 30 January 2018
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: WA
CPD hrs: AASW members can claim CPD hours under category 3 : 2 hours


Members- FREE
Rural Members via Webinar- FREE
Non-members- $20

Organiser: AASW WA
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MHSW & Private Practice Networking Night - Free Event and Webinar for Members
Join us for light refreshments to find out more.......

Rural members: Please email the WA Branch to register for your FREE webinar link

The AASW will be holding a networking night for Mental Health social workers and social workers involved in private practice. This networking night will include discussions regarding issues related to Mental Health social work and working in private practice.

The event will include;

  • Presentation from Ian Howells on "Functional Fluency, a contemporary model of human communication that will enhance the practice of those who are in a role of Care, Control and Empowerment."
  • Discussions regarding current issues related to working in Mental Health or in Private Practice
  • The opportunity to ask questions and raise issues regarding MHSW and SW in Private Practice.
  • Refreshments & Finger Food.
  • The opportunity to network with other MHSW and Private Practice social workers.

For rural members who wish to attend please contact the Branch after registration and we will provide details for you to connect to the webinar on the day.

Registrations are essential.


Ian Howells: Ian has been a social worker for thirteen years and holds a 1st class honours degree that was awarded on researching the development of the student/supervisor relationship while on field placement, partly in Western Australia and partly in the United Kingdom. Ian worked in the area of child protection in the UK for eight years and on return to Australia worked with underaged asylum seekers, supported foster carers, and then went on to foster carer assessment. Ian is also an accredited provider of the Triple P Parenting Program and a counsellor and facilitator of Functional Fluency.

While working in the UK Ian met Susannah Temple, Phd. In 2002 Susannah wrote her doctorate and became internationally recognised for her development of Functional Fluency and the creation of the Temple Index of Functional Fluency.

Ian immediately recognised the value that Functional Fluency education would add to working with parents, families, and all those involved in out of home care. This then became a driver for Ian to complete a Master’s Degree in Counselling researching Functional Fluency in the context of empowering parents. The research concluded that to be in a role of care control and empowerment was not only the task for those with the immediate care of a child but the role also touched a wide range of professionals in the system of out of home care and community services.

We can all get a sense of responsibility in the task of Care and Control but it is the element of Empowerment that is often under-skilled. The ability to empower people is grounded in emotional literacy. This is the key to understanding our social response-ability.

“To give advice on how to ‘parent’ and not teaching about emotional literacy is like giving someone a musical instrument with an instruction manual, and not teaching them how to read music”.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers