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Grooming and Challenging Client Information (An Introduction)

Event Details
Date: 18th November 2020
Time: 6.00-7.30pm AWST
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5
Early Bird until 4th November
AASW members $67.50
Non-members $76.50
AASW Student $30.00
Non Member Student $40.00
Standard from 5th November
AASW Members $72.00
Non-Members $90.00
AASW Student $30.00
Non Member Student $40.00

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Organiser: AASW WA Branch

Robyn Hoffmann
Branch Service Coordinator

AASW WA Branch
Work days: Mon-Thurs

03 9320 1000
Then ask for the WA Branch



The WA AASW is pleased to host an webinar on Grooming and Challenging Client Information (An Introduction) presented by Gail Green.

This will be held via a webinar platform. You will receive an email after registering with further steps to confirm your registration. Please follow these steps to receive log in details.

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 introduces Grooming and it starts a conversation about when social workers and other helping professionals need to challenge client versions of reality. Grooming often has a purpose – to stymie or at least slow down change. It takes considerable skill and practice for workers to look beyond the story to the assumptions embedded in that story in order to help the client make changes in their lives.

This introduction is most useful to those working in therapeutic programs or when specific change is an expected outcome for clients but it is also useful to general counsellors to ‘raise their level of curiosity about client stories’.

Who should attend?
Social Workers and other counsellors who want to understand more about grooming and get better at challenging clients.

Learning outcomes

  1. Introduce my definition of grooming
  2. Review your assumptions about what clients tell you
  3. Help you recognise grooming using my framework
  4. Introduce the idea that you can challenge clients’ stories in therapeutic ways.

Presenter: Gail Green Gail has been a social worker for over forty years. She has worked with a wide range of clients including general prisoners, violent offenders and sex offenders. In addition, she has worked in primary care mental health, with child sexual abuse victims and most recently with survivors speaking to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She is currently focussing on trauma informed practice and applying this to both offenders and victims.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers