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Vic Ethical Dilemmas in Mental Health Social Work Practice Group (Oct)

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Date: Tuesday 25 October 2022
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Venue: Online
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 1.5
CPD Category: 3 - Professional Identity-participation in a practice group

$15 per session non-members

$10 per session members

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch

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Topic: Ethical Dilemmas and Involuntary Community Treatment.

Lisa Brophy holds positions of Professor and Discipline Lead in Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University, and is a honorary principal research fellow at the Centre for Mental Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.

Lisa has over 35 years working in the mental health and university sectors in Victoria since qualifying as a Social Worker, where she established advanced skills in clinical practice, research expertise and knowledge of the mental health sector

Having over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles published and multiple reports for government and non-government funders, Lisa is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost mental health social work academics.

Lisa’s work is influential in the mental health policy arena, falling into three main areas: (1) Human Rights and reducing restrictive practice and compulsory treatment, (2) Evaluations of Recovery Oriented Practice and Service Delivery, (3) Supporting consumer participation and codesign in mental health research.

“My main goal over my career has been to improve the experience and outcomes of people using mental health services, especially those with the most complex and enduring mental health challenges.” L.Brophy

Once you register you will recieve a zoom link and access to a pre session reading article.

About the Peer Reflection Group

The Victorian Branch is delighted to offer this initiative developed by our Victorian Mental Health Social Work (VMHSW) Practice Group - A Peer Reflection Group with a focus on Ethical Dilemmas in Mental Health Social Work.

In late 2020, we reached out to social workers in mental health through two focus groups and, based on the input and ideas generated in these focus groups, the Peer Reflection Group has emerged. We welcome social workers who have an interest in exploring ethical dilemmas in a reflective space to join us for one, multiple or all of the upcoming sessions.

Sessions will be held bi-monthly on last Tuesday of every 2nd month via Zoom from 6.30-8pm AEST. The sessions are co-facilitated by Aroon Naidoo and Charlie Evans however, moving forward there will be opportunities for attendees to step into co-facilitation roles if they would like to take a more active role within the group.

It must be emphasised that this is a reflective supportive group and does not replace supervision, there is an expectation all group members are attending supervision. This is an invaluable opportunity to draw on the diverse experience that will exist within the group, to share and to reflection on your own practice.

For the first session of the series, the facilitators will provide a case scenario around which the session will be focussed. Then future group members will be asked to present a practice issue for reflection.

Numbers are limited to approximately 11 per session (plus co-facilitators) and registration is required to attend each session.

Who Are These Sessions For?

These sessions are open to any social workers working in mental health who are interested to be involved in this unique facilitator-led, peer reflection opportunity.

Session Dates for 2022

Last Tuesday of every second month: 6:30-8pm

Tuesday 26 April

Tuesday 28 June

Tuesday 30 August

Tuesday 25 October

About the Victorian Mental Health Social Work Practice Group

The Victorian Mental Health Social Work Practice Group has existed for more than 35 years and is committed to providing opportunities for social workers in the mental health field to develop and strengthen their skills, to expand their networks, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, experience and practice wisdom.

To learn more about the group and their activities, visit their webpage here.


Interested social workers will need to register to receive the Zoom link for each individual session.


$15 non-members per session

$10 members per session


1.5 Hours per session
Category 3: Professional Identity - Participation in a Practice Group
This activity can also be categorised under Mental Health for Accredited Mental Health Social Workers or those working towards the credential

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers