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AASW (WA) Trauma-Informed Care Seminar

Event Details
Date: 11 December 2017
Time: 6.00pm
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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Trauma Informed Practice Seminar - 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 seminar for social workers involved in trauma-informed practice. This seminar will include discussions regarding research into trauma-informed practice, the future direction of a trauma-informed practice group, and networking opportunities.

The event will include;

A keynote address by Dr Ann O'Neill:

Advocating and Creating Change After Homicide and Extreme Trauma
Dr O’Neill’s qualitative retrospective descriptive study explores English and Australian secondary victims of homicide experiences. Identifying and delineating post homicide support needs of secondary victims by deconstructing the support offered following an event and provide a model for supporting future secondary victims of homicide.
Dr O’Neill’s work is informed by contemporary grief, trauma, victimology, criminology and health theories, documenting an evidence base to better understand the support experiences of co-victims. The study documents - deconstructs and analyses co-victims of homicide long-term experiences of support and the multitude of personal, emotional, and psychosocial stressors unique to their complex victimisation circumstances. Despite the relatively high prevalence of helpful experiences of support, the results suggest that high levels of trauma and complicated grief in this population may increase vulnerability to subsequent experiences of trauma and injustice and account for why unhelpful experiences of support (secondary victimisations) were described in this study as particularly harmful.
Dr O’Neill will present a model of the three dynamic dimensions of support to enhance professional understandings of support experiences of co-victims of homicide before proposing fourteen recommendations on enhancing support for co-victims of homicide. This is the first time this work is presented to an audience of Social Workers and is the start of the WA Branch’s sessions of Trauma.

We will also discuss the future direction of a trauma-informed practice group:

  • Refreshments & Finger Food.
  • The opportunity to network with other 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.

Key Note Speaker Dr Ann O'Neill

Dr Ann O’Neill is a Perth born woman who values her family, her friends and the lifestyle Australia provides. Ann was educated at Curtin University where she completed her Bachelor of Social Work and at UWA where he completed her Phd in International Health. She is an inspiring speaker, an award winning humanitarian, victimologist, educator, activist, volunteer, researcher and a great friend. Her interests lie in people from all walks of life, in social justice and the area of victims of serious interpersonal crimes, such as homicide and family and domestic violence.

Ann founded and directed angelhands Inc for more than a decade inspiring people in all areas of life to follow their dreams. Ann has a unique and innovative approach to motivating, educating and assisting government departments, organisations’ and people to deal with trauma, stress and change in their lives and their workplaces. Her pursuits are recognised internationally as she has presented in England, Croatia and the United States.

As well as the Founder of angelhands, Ann is an Our Watch Ambassador, a Patron Waratah, and an Australia Day Ambassador 2016.

Ann is the recipient of the following awards:

  • John Curtin Medallist 2016
  • Paul Harris Fellow 2013
  • John Simpson Kirkpatrick “Standing for Something” Award 2012
  • Leading the Way Award WA Social Worker of the Year Awards 2012
  • Nominee Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards 2012
  • Nominee Australian of the Year 2012
  • Finalist WA Australian of the Year 2011
  • CBA Local Hero 2011
  • Honoured Nominee Westpac Kookaburra Awards 2011
  • Momento Inspirational Woman of the Year 2010

Registrations are essential.

When - Monday December 11, 2017
Where - City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth & Webinar link provided to Regional Members


AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers