See More

> Events > Browse by Branch/Location > Western Australia > Branch Events > AASW (WA) WA Trauma-Informed Care Symposium

AASW (WA) WA Trauma-Informed Care Symposium

Event Details
Date: 09 November 2018
Time: 8.15 to 4.30pm. AASW AGM straight after at 5pm
Venue: Parmelia Hilton Perth, 14 Mill St, Perth WA
State: WA
CPD hrs: Symposium: AASW members can claim CPD hours under category 2: 7 hours ***AASW AGM: AASW members can claim CPD hours under category 3: 2 hours***
Members - $180
Non-members- $220
Student/Retired Members- $150
No Refunds after 30 June 2018

Organiser: AASW WA
Further information

  • Event date has passed
  • Registrations are closed

Trauma: Structuring Recovery, Creating Healing Spaces Symposium

Perth city skyline Image supplied by Tourism Western Australia

The AASW WA Branch Symposium aims to enhance the awareness, develop practice skills and knowledge for social workers working in Trauma Recovery. This Symposium aims to highlight trauma informed best practice and to provide an opportunity for social workers and human service professionals to engage in the latest research, practice models and frameworks.

The Etomylogy of the word trauma can be traced back to the 1690s from the Greek word trauma and means "a wound, a hurt; a defeat,". Social workers across the world work every day to mitigate, support and transform the wounds humans sustain in the living of their lives. This symposium provides an opportunity for some of these social workers to share their insights and practice wisdom with all of us. We are looking forward to your attendance and participation at this significant event in the Western Australian social work calendar.


We are very pleased to announce a Yarning Session with Noongar Elders will begin the day's programme. They will share their experiences and insights about responding to trauma at a community level. The panellists include Jim Morrison with social workers Dr Michael Wright and Glenda Kickett. This yarning session will reflect on past issues, explore current responses and then outline ways of working respectfully alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to co-create healing.

Dr Alicia Boccellari

Dr Alicia Boccellari is the founder of the University of California San Francisco, Trauma Recovery Centre (TRC), which she launched in 2001. This Centre works with victims of abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes.

In addition, she has been involved in creating, implementing and overseeing several programs designed at removing barriers to care for underserved populations. This has included the creation of a program for high users of emergency care, who are medically and psychiatrically complex, the development of an integrated primary care – mental health model of care, as well as the creation of services for clients with traumatic brain injuries. She is the Founder of the award-winning UCSF Trauma Recovery Center (TRC). This model of treatment has been replicated in several other Centres in California and three other States in the U.S. Photo credit: University of California, San Francisco

Christine Craik

Christine has worked as a social worker in family support, housing, community health and hospitals with a focus on domestic violence, sexual abuse and refugees for almost three decades. Christine holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Management and is currently completing her PhD in the area of domestic and family violence. Christine currently lectures full time in the undergraduate and post graduate Social Work Degrees at RMIT University, is an active member of many community groups, including Chair of Project Respect, working with women trafficked into the sex industry. Christine was elected National President of the AASW in November 2017, and was National Vice President from 2011-2017.

Dr Ann O’Neill

Dr Ann O’Neill is an inspiring speaker, an award-winning humanitarian, victimologist, social worker, educator, activist, volunteer and researcher. Ann is a specialist in the areas of trauma, criminal victimisation and advocacy. Using her own experience, extensive research and academic study to help businesses and organisations build a better understanding around the needs of victims of crime. 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 Australia, England, Croatia and the United States.

Learning objectives

The AASW, WA Branch are bringing two streams of practice to increase the practice skills of social workers, human service workers, and their organisations to be Trauma Informed through:

  • Recovery; how to organise, engage, source and develop recovery models.
  • Healing; the interpersonal awareness, therapy, creating healing and providing space for hope.

Symposium program

The Symposium will have a highly credentialed panel of key note speakers, panel and plenary sessions on the following themes (to be confirmed):

  • best practice frameworks and models for trauma informed service delivery and practice: this plenary session is for social workers and human service professionals to find out more about models and frameworks to implement trauma informed care in their organisations, work teams and practice.
  • research models, policy and legal -ethical issues around trauma informed care: this plenary session is for social workers and human service professionals to find out the latest research on trauma informed practice, and to explore legal and ethical issues in this sphere of practice.
  • therapeutic models and interventions for trauma informed care: this plenary session is for social workers and human service professional who work in counselling, in particular Accredited Mental Health Social Workers, to find out about therapeutic models and interventions in trauma informed care.

We encourage live tweeting, using the hashtag #AASWTrauma


Parmelia Hilton, Mill Street Perth


The registration fees for the Symposium are listed below. Please note the AASW National AGM is free.

AASW member $180
Non member $220
Student/Retired Member $150

Registrations close at 12.00pm on Wednesday 07 November 2018.

No Refunds after 30 June 2018

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor :

Supported by the Department of Communities:

Silver Sponsors

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers