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AASW Webinar Recording | Normative Narrative Practice as a model of Social Work in Aged Care Mental Health

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Normative Narrative Practice as a model of Social Work in Aged Care Mental Health webinar.

There is little social work presence in Aged Care in Australia, especially in residential aged care facilities (RACF).

However, social work has always had an enormous amount to offer in this specialized field of practice and it has had a long tradition of being embedded as an important part of the overall care team within facilities.

This webinar recording outlines the role of social work in RACF’s and presents a framework of practice that has evolved as an effective way of engaging with Older Adults. “Normative Narrative Practice” emphasizes the need for our practice to be normalized as opposed to being focused on pathology and diagnosis.

The webinar recording also highlights the special role that Narrative Therapy and Reminiscence can play in addressing the emotional wellbeing needs of older adults entering RACF’s through reflection and the telling and retelling of stories. It explores the importance of understanding the nature and type of relationship between social worker and client that has the best chance of developing trust, transparency and authenticity in this age group is also explored.

"It was an enlightening and inspiring presentation" – webinar participant, July 2022.

"Mark was an engaging and knowledgeable presenter" – webinar participant, July 2022.

Who should register? This recording is suited to any social worker interested in commencing or who is new to working in the aged care space. It provides a general framework to understand normative narrative practice specifically when working with older adults.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health; Older Persons Social Worker (coming soon)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of social work in aged care settings
  • Develop skills in reminiscence and Narrative Therapy approaches
  • Learn to think more creatively about how to engage with older adults; including innovative ways of using telehealth counselling and the internet
  • Explore the role of intergenerational practice.


Mark Silver MSW has been a Social Worker in Aged Care & Disability for over 45 years with a keen interest in the use of narrative, reminiscence and stories in his work. He has been co-directing the Swinburne University Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults for the past 10 years; advocating strongly for a greater presence of mental health professionals, working as a team within age care settings as well as for improved practicum training programs for students and practitioners alike. He has also recognised the importance of developing intergenerational programs which foster better relationships, communication and understanding between the generations.

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.

Please ensure that your email address is accurate and updated when you register.

Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1.5 hours.


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

Find out more today about opportunities to have your specialised social work skills recognised.


Members: $90.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $120.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $90.00 (including GST)


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