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AASW Webinar Recording | Harnessing the rainbow: Working alongside gender diverse clients in social work practice

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1 hour
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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(03) 9320 1000


Social workers are increasingly asked to work alongside people with a trans or gender diverse experience in a variety of roles both clinically and therapeutically.

For many professionals this can feel like a challenging or specialised area to approach and the outcomes for participants in these scenarios can be less than optimal with onwards referral, disengagement and or systemic challenges being real threats.

This webinar is designed to assist new and established professionals in developing their skills to increase their confidence with engaging and supporting those in the trans and gender diverse community, focusing on:

1. Utilising existing strengths-based approaches to allow participants to continue to be the experts in their lives.
2. Recognising systemic and clinical anxieties in their own practice (language, barriers to service, existing stigma and mythology that is also present in the room).
3. Giving themselves permission to also be on a journey alongside the participant in forging best practice outcomes.
4. Their own learning experience and journey to provide better outcomes for all.

Handouts and practical resources are also provided.

1 hour of CPD activity, attributable to all AASW credentials.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of their own role in gender diverse practice.
  • Build increased confidence in facilitating client conversations.
  • Learn how to deconstruct the mythologies that exist around gender diversity.
  • Understand the impact of stigma and the intersectional experience of the people they are working alongside.
  • Reflect upon the notion of an informed consent model of care vs. a medical model of care.


Max Mackenzie

Max Mackenzie (he /him) is a Mental health social worker and private practitioner who has worked across a multitude of areas in his 16-year career. Max runs a thriving private practice in FNQ and is well known in relation to LGBTI+ advocacy as well as his specialised interest areas including working with systems and individuals in the areas of complex trauma, NDIS, front line responders and capacity development.

Max was awarded regional trans activist of the year (Queensland) in 2019 (Many genders one voice) and continues to work alongside specialist providers in informing a multi sectional approach to care.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

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Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1 hour.


This offering can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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FREE until midnight 5 March 2023

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Non-members $80 (incl GST)


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