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Exploring ‘Grooming’ Interactions in Counselling and Case Work

Event Details
Date: 1 April 2020
Time: 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: Western Australia
CPD hrs: 6

Registrations (limit 28 places)

Early Bird Pricing until Sunday 15 th March 2020

Members- $190.00 (inc GST)

Non Members- $215.00 (inc GST)

Student Members- $190.00 (inc GST)

Standard Pricing from Monday 16 th March 2020

Members- $200.00 (inc GST)

Non Members $250.00 (inc GST)

Organiser: AASW WA Branch
Further information

WA Branch Manager

PH: (08) 9420 7240



While the term ‘grooming’ is most often used in regard to child sexual abuse and domestic violence offenders, a broader definition of the term in client work might be “Habitual and/or intentional actions by clients to elicit support, sympathy, favour or collusion in their version of reality” and is useful when working with many clients.

This workshop proposes to look at these types of behaviours; recognising them, exploring their intentionality and challenging them therapeutically. It explores at how best to engage in helpful discussion with the client about the behaviours/actions and the beliefs that underpin them. The workshop will be interactive and include examples from the facilitator and participants.

It takes considerable skill and practice to look beyond the “story” clients tell us and to seek out the underlying assumptions embedded in the story. Social workers and other practitioners often interact with clients with an agenda and while there is nothing wrong with this per se (we all have them!), it is useful for workers to see what is happening and to help clients consider how they are falling back on– or not challenging - habitual and old ideas to argue their case.

Who should attend?:

Social Workers and other practitioners who:

  1. deal with clients with agendas or with habitual ways of viewing their role in the world .
  2. are ready to challenge client beliefs
  3. want to evaluate their own habitual ways of viewing clients and
  4. want an opportunity to puzzle out their approach to such clients

Learning outcomes for participants:

Workers will

  1. explore their own ideas about challenging clients’ beliefs
  2. identify how clients ‘groom’ workers to view them in a particular way
  3. identify habitual ideas held by clients and by helping professionals about each other, the world and how change happens
  4. work on active skills to disrupt client patterns of viewing the world


Gail Green

Gail has been a Social Worker for over 43 years, in both employment and in private practice. She has also had a teaching qualification for over 30 years and has used the two qualifications to develop training and supervision skills. Alongside anxiety and depression work, Gail has focused on working with trauma throughout her career. She served on the Western Australian Branch Committee for the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for almost 15 years and presented at trauma conferences in 2002, 2012 and 2016. Gail has also presented at the AASW National Symposium in 2014 and at the Child Aware Conference in 2016.
Gail co-authored a paper in the Australian Social Work Journal: Vol 58 No 2 2005 The Sprawling Thicket: Knowledge and Specialisation in Forensic Social Work and authored Developing Trauma Training for an Indigenous Community: Hopefully Not Seagulls Vol 64 No 2 June 2011 in the same journal. With a colleague she conducted a two day workshop on trauma with Ngnowar Aerwah Aboriginal Corporation in Wyndham in 2009 and evaluated their Comorbidity service in 2011.
In 2013 Gail was employed by Anglicare WA as Coordinator for the Royal Commission Support Service and remained in that position until the service closure in 2018. In 2019 she has developed a Trauma Informed Framework for Communicare, continues a clinical and supervision practice and has developed and run several training programs.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers