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Terminology:
  • The word event and activity are used interchangeably in this section.
  • Branch events, are events that are hosted/provided by the AASW.
  • SWOT, stands for Social Work Online Training. SWOT is an AASW initiative to provide online training to social workers nationwide. Content is being developed and updated regularly. To browse the available content, please visit the SWOT page


Date Event Location
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | How to write for journal publication: Getting published in Australian Social Work
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW webinar: How to write for journal publication - Getting published in Australian Social Work.

This webinar addresses the topics and types of papers the journal publishes and the benefits of publication for all social workers. Presented by the Editor (Fiona McDermott) and Associate Editor (David Hodgson) of Australian Social Work, and an academic with wide-ranging experience in writing for publication (Clare Tilbury), the presentation draws on their collective knowledge and experience of editing and writing for publication.

Participants will learn the process of getting published, tips and tricks for authors and what the reviewers are looking for at Australian Social Work.

1 hour of CPD activity attributable to all AASW credentials.

Online
Ongoing Mindfulness Practice for Self-care
Online training

Mindfulness is an evidence-based practice to build resilience, manage stress, anxiety and anger. Regular practice reduces personal reactivity to emotional stimuli and can be used as a therapeutic approach with various clients. It is also an excellent tool for practitioner self-care.

This introductory program will provide an overview of the theory and benefits of mindful meditation and guide you through two practice sessions that will enable you to incorporate the practice into your daily routine.

40 minutes of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health (FPS)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | The language of MARAM: Lessons learnt in implementing the MARAM framework
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW webinar: The language of MARAM - Lessons learnt in implementing the MARAM framework.

The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Management (MARAM) framework identifies key principles and elements that should be embedded into policies, procedures, service delivery and practice, and identifies the responsibilities of various organisations and staff across the system. Successful implementation requires collaboration and trust across all agencies.

Learn from our panel of experts as we discuss the challenges and successes of MARAM implementation across varied practice fields.

1 hour of CPD, attributable to the AASW Family Violence, Child Protection, Clinical, Disability and Mental Health credentials.

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for Social Workers
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW webinar: Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for Social Workers, presented by Dr Jenny Dwyer.

EMDR is a therapy designed to assist those suffering trauma and has been endorsed by the World Health Organisation as an effective treatment for children and adults.

This introductory webinar provides an overview of the therapy to better inform their decision to commence level 1 training as an EMDR Practitioner (FPS under Medicare).

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health (FPS); Clinical

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Suicide First Aid
Webinar Recording

Watch the recording of AASW's Suicide First Aid webinar.

Brought to you by the AASW and LivingWorks - the world's leading suicide first aid training.

This webinar will provide an overview of LivingWorks programs and a presentation on the evidence behind the shift from risk assessment to a focus on safety.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health; Clinical

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Using legal and psycho-social interventions to respond to Elder Abuse
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW webinar: Using legal and psycho-social interventions to respond to Elder Abuse.

Elder abuse is the mistreatment or exploitation of an older person. It can present itself in many forms and is commonly committed by someone that the older person knows and trusts.

This webinar covers various social work interventions such as case-management, safety planning and counselling, while also examining the legal interventions available to support an older person who is a victim of Elder Abuse.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; Older Persons Social Worker (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Building resilience
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Building Resilience webinar.

Built from a foundation of positive psychology, this webinar will teach you how to equip yourself with strategies to develop the qualities that underpin resilience, such as self-awareness, time management, relaxation skills and empathy.

This practical webinar introduces tools, techniques and behaviours to manage our individual responses to effectively strengthen our resilience muscles - in the moment and ongoing.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Embracing the Power of Emotional Intelligence
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Embracing the power of emotional intelligence webinar.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathise with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict. This session explores the key skills and behaviours of emotional intelligence, to build trust and rapport for high performing teams, and build a positive culture for effective quality service provision.

The session introduces concepts and practical skills in Emotional Intelligence (EQ) using the work of Daniel Goleman. His framework of EQ will be unpacked, exploring the five dimensions, the benefits, the behaviours and strategies to build skills for EQ development across each dimension.

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

Online
Ongoing Cultural Responsiveness Course
Social Work Online Training

The AASW has sourced a learning package from Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA) to provide social workers with accessible CPD in cultural awareness and cultural responsiveness. This course offers two levels of learning with a total of 10 hours of CPD across the package.

10 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Understanding, connecting, and supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Understanding, connecting, and supporting individuals on the Autism Spectrum webinar.

This webinar recording will provide insight into working with individuals on the Spectrum and will explore how you can connect, engage, communicate, and work effectively with your clients to ensure that they feel understood, heard, and empowered to lead a rich and meaningful life.

"Excellent presentation and wealth of information, resources and strategies" – webinar participant, November 2021.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Disability

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Mandatory vaccination and social work
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Mandatory vaccination and social work information session from 29 November 2021.

With 19 years’ legal experience and a special interest in Occupational Health & Safety law, Anthony provides information about rights and obligations regarding Covid-19 vaccination under Chief Health Orders. Anthony also answers audience questions and discusses the legal context of mandatory vaccination; including implications for your practice with clients and as private practitioners.

"I believe this was an essential training to address the complexities and provide knowledge on the legal and privacy laws regarding Covid19 vaccinations" – training participant, May 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 3, professional identity

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Online therapy and telehealth: Supporting clients via remote practice
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW's Online therapy and telehealth: supporting clients via remote practice webinar.

This webinar provides a brief overview of contextual changes across the social work practice settings that propel the shift from face-to-face to virtual service provision. It will review challenges when delivering services online or over-the-phone appointments and will explore suitable therapeutic approaches when practising virtually.

"Alicja presented her experience in a down to earth, authentic manner, I found inspiring for my practice; in telehealth and beyond" – webinar participant, November 2021.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health (FPS), Clinical, Disability

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | REWIRE: A practice model and framework for supporting trauma-affected students in schools
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's REWIRE: A practice model and framework for supporting trauma-affected students in schools webinar.

This webinar recording addresses the foundations for the REWIRE model as well as each element of the framework. It provides participants with the key steps and essential ingredients in supporting trauma-affected students to be successful in school while enabling them to capitalise on the positive experiences and opportunities that schools are uniquely placed to provide their students.

"Lots of really good insights" – webinar participant, December 2021.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Clinical, Mental Health, Child Protection; School (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Queer in the Classroom: Promoting Inclusivity and Well-being for LGBTIQA+ Students
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Queer in the Classroom: Promoting Inclusivity and Well-being for LGBTIQA+ Students webinar.

This webinar will draw on the growing body of data around LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing and will apply a Critically Reflective, Queer Social Work, and Public Health theoretical approach.

Participants will engage in information and activities about the experience of LGBTIQA+ people in school settings. After discussing and exploring the data on queer student experiences, participants will then have an opportunity to synthesise this knowledge with their experiences to build on their practice using well placed questions and a case study.

"This training was great, engaging and informative" – webinar participant, December 2021.

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

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Developmental trauma: Perspectives on trauma supportive care and relational healing
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Developmental trauma: Perspectives on trauma supportive care and relational healing webinar.

This webinar recording draws from evidence informed literature on neurobiology, developmental trauma research, psychotherapy principles, social models of health and disability, mental health, and allied health. It encourages social workers to step back and view a child’s situation through a trauma lens, especially when the child’s presentation is particularly complex or intense.

The webinar recording offers key principles and strategies that social workers can use to offer trauma informed support to their clients, even if they are not working in a trauma treatment role. It offers therapeutic strategies to use in client work, and appropriate interventions that could be integrated into the child’s care network to support trauma healing.

"The webinar is very informative, Claudia has shared and provided great resources. She is pragmatic and down to earth when linking theory to practice" – webinar participant, January 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health, Child Protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | COVID-19 Impacts and Social Worker Wellbeing
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.25 hour recording of AASW's COVID-19 Impacts and Social Worker Wellbeing webinar from 29 September 2021.

This webinar is an insightful and explorative conversation on the COVID-19 environment in NSW, the impact on the health system, and how this impact is affecting social workers and the delivery of social work services.

"Very informative; great to hear from a panel of highly experienced and social work knowledgeable professionals and what it is like in their practice at the moment during a challenging time" – webinar participant, October 2021.

1.25 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Navigating Difficult Conversations
Webinar recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Navigating Difficult Conversations webinar.

It will give you the context to appreciate where difficult conversations fit into healthy professional relationships, before moving into practical skills and tools you can use to ensure success in your own difficult conversations.

"Very helpful and engaging" – webinar participant, February 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Widening the focus: Engaging fathers who use domestic violence
Webinar recording

This webinar recording will address the pressing issue that most health and welfare professionals receive limited tertiary education around engaging men, and practically no training around engaging those perpetrating domestic and family violence.

It will draw from contemporary national and international research and practice experience in engaging with men who use violence and coercive control. The facilitator will offer key strategies that social workers can use to engage with and increase the visibility of men who use violence and control. This approach may also enable men who use violence and coercive control to embark on a journey of change towards engaging respectfully and non-abusively.

"The training was a good balance of theory, research and actionable material" – webinar participant, February 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Family violence; Child Protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Post-Disaster Response: Support and advocacy for clients after a natural disaster
Webinar recording

This 1.5 hour webinar recording will address the various ways that social workers can engage with communities in undertaking disaster preparedness strategies, in the immediate aftermath of a major event or indeed in the long-term reconstruction phase when communities are coming to terms with their ‘new normal’.

This discussion provides insights into new forms of disaster practice and the need for social workers to have a greater understanding of this emerging field of practice.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Children, Young people, and Families
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Children, Young People, and Families.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child Protection; Family Violence; Clinical

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Family and Sexual Violence
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Family and Sexual Violence.

2 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Family Violence

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Keynote Speeches and Panels
Conference Recording

Keynote speech and panel recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021.

3.8 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Health, Disability, and Older Persons
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Health, Disability, and Older Persons.

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

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Environment and Climate Change
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Environment and Climate Change.

3.25 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Gender Equality and LGBTIQA+ Rights
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Gender Equality and LGBTIQA+ Rights.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Social Work Education
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Social Work Education.

6.33 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Social Work Practice
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Social Work Practice.

4 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Social Work Research and Publication
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Social Work Research and Publication.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing Asia-Pacific Social Work Conference 2021: Policy and Social Protection, Housing and Homelessness, and Refugees
Conference Recording

Presentation recordings from the 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Social Work Conference 2021 on the topic of Policy and Social Protection, Housing and Homelessness, and Refugees.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Inclusive and Empowering Aboriginal Child Protection Practice
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Inclusive and Empowering Aboriginal Child Protection Practice webinar.

Within the Aboriginal community, there is an expectation regarding Social Workers that they can be either harmful or helpful. This recording discusses several practical strategies to assist you in engaging with Aboriginal children, families, and communities (including prior to entering a community) and how to build appropriate, professional relationships.

This webinar draws on storytelling examples and case studies to provide social workers with practical strategies to apply in their own professional practice when working with Aboriginal children and families. The facilitator, an experienced Aboriginal Child Protection Social Worker, expands on introductory cultural awareness theories by providing real-life, practical examples to help practitioners develop their professional skills and abilities.

"Excellent. Linda has such a wealth of experience. Inspiring" – webinar participant, March 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child Protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Pathways into Private Practice
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW's Pathways into Private Practice webinar.

This webinar explores what it means to work in private practice and common motivations for doing so, encouraging participants to identify their own motivations for wanting to start a new business. Common challenges in starting a private practice are also discussed, including logistical requirements such as setting up a fee structure and finding a suitable location for clients. Pathways into private practice are explored, alongside discussion of possible forms of support and guidance. The identity, structure and necessary supports for a business are also discussed – all decisions which must stem from a clear understanding of the client.

"Fantastic presentation - covered all my questions and worries about going into private practice and helped shift me from a place of uncertainty to one of motivation and excitement to get started" – webinar participant, March 2022.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Disability and the Health System
Webinar Recording

Watch the 2 hour recording of AASW's Disability and the Health System webinar.

This webinar provides an overview of the NDIS and its key features, before unpacking the separate roles and responsibilities of the health care system and the NDIS in supporting people with a disability. Participants will learn through case studies and guided activities to apply theory into practice.

Based in social work theory and evidence-based practice, participants will learn ways to support clients along the NDIS pathway, as well as best practice for discharge planning. Additionally, this webinar will provide information for non-NDIS supports/services available for people with a disability.

2 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Disability

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Responding to young people who display harmful sexual behaviour
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Responding to young people who display harmful sexual behaviour webinar.

This recording provides introductory information for those who wish to understand harmful sexual behaviour and provides some useful strategies to those who support children, young people, families and communities when harmful sexual behaviour has occurred.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse identified nine practice principles that should be considered when responding to harmful sexual behaviours. This recording explains these principles and elaborates on those that are most relevant to social work practice.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Child Protection; School (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Growing your private practice
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Growing your private practice webinar delivered by owner of one of Australia's busiest family therapy and mental health practices Dr Joel Cullin. Dr Cullin shares his experiences and practical strategies for building a successful client facing business and provides recommendations for: growing a network of referrers; marketing; evolving your business; business lifecycles and how to prepare for them; and the importance of self care as a business owner and social worker.

"Joel was great, very personable and covered a lot of his own personal experiences and learnings from being in private practice" – webinar participant, April 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

Online
Ongoing AASW Child Protection Symposium 2022 | Panel: Ongoing Workforce Challenges in Child Protection and Building Resilience for Frontline Social Workers
Symposium Recording

Presentation recordings from AASW's 2022 Child Protection Symposium.

2.25 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child Protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Child Protection Symposium 2022 | Welcome address: Hon Michelle Landry MP and Panel: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Conversation
Symposium Recording

Presentation recordings from AASW's 2022 Child Protection Symposium.

2.15 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child Protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Child Protection Symposium 2022 | Keynote speech: Tim Crosier and Panel: Research and Practice Trends in the Child Protection Sector
Symposium Recording

Presentation recordings from AASW's 2022 Child Protection Symposium.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child Protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | The Trauma Story: Responding to disclosures of sexual violence
Webinar Recording

It is estimated that more than one billion people have been affected by extreme violence, embodied in the experience of war, rape, ethnic conflict, torture, and terrorism. Within the Australian context, 2.2 million women and 718,000 men have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime.

These two (2) recordings explore the underlying theory and practical steps for responding to disclosures of sexual violence, including intimate partner violence.The first recording (i.e., the theory component) draws on evidence-based guidance to help policy makers, health care providers, and other members of multidisciplinary teams to deepen their understanding of trauma-informed care and the socio-cultural dimensions that underpin sexual violence. While the second recording (i.e., the practical component) explores the different ways that victim-survivors may disclose and offers practical steps for responding to a disclosure through a client-practitioner role-play and debrief. Clinical interventions, such as the trauma story assessment tool, and self-care rituals are introduced within the theory component and unpacked in further detail in the practical component.

"This was the best training I have done and it prompted me to look further at the resources and learning more in this area" – training participant, June 2022.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Family Violence; Mental Health (FPS); Clinical

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Influencing People and Outcomes
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Influencing People and Outcomes webinar.

Influencing is a key part of communication for social workers. Through their interactions with clients, families and groups, as well as other professionals, social workers can positively influence outcomes and empower the people they work with to improve their lives.

This recording offers participants the opportunity to reflect on their influencing skills and covers techniques and strategies to successfully manage a range of influencing conversations in a variety of situations. It draws on the principles of influence and how these can be applied in a way that is effective and, more importantly, ethical.

"It was very useful training on effective communication" – webinar participant, May 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Supervision (coming soon)

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Culturally Safe Mental Health Practice for Young People from CALD Backgrounds
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Culturally Safe Mental Health Practice for Young People from CALD Backgrounds webinar.

Culturally informed and culturally safe practices are necessary for social workers to improve mental health treatment and outcomes for CALD youth. This webinar recording will discuss the unique lived experiences of CALD young people in Australia, before exploring the importance of self-reflection in identifying and addressing bias in social work practice. Additionally, evidence-based frameworks and practice strategies will be presented and analysed, with specific focus on their use in supporting CALD youth and their families.

"Great PD and very helpful resources presented and applied to be able to use in my work" – webinar participant. June 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Techniques for single or limited session interventions
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Techniques for single or limited session interventions webinar.

This webinar recording draws on Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Client Directed-Outcome Informed Therapy, and the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. The techniques from these models will allow practitioners to maintain clarity in another’s crisis, modify their and their client’s expectations of what can be done, and help their clients to achieve small, but important goals to set the foundations for ongoing recovery and/or thriving in the face of adversity.

"Elissa was very engaging and explained the content in a clear and concise way. The case study was a great way to see it in practice" – webinar participant, June 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health; Clinical

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

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

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.

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

Online
Ongoing AASW Panel Discussion Recording | Defence and Veteran Suicide and Wellbeing
Panel Recording

Watch the 50 minute recording of AASW's Defence and Veteran Suicide and Wellbeing Panel Discussion.

This panel discussion explores the social worker perspective on how we can reduce suicide and improve the wellbeing of our defence and veteran communities.

0.84 hours of CPD activity: Category 3, professional identity
AASW Credential: Mental Health

Online
Ongoing Creating Psychological Safety in Child Protection Supervision
Social Work Online Training

The AASW is delighted to be able to offer a new eLearning module - Creating Psychological Safety in Child Protection Supervision. This module introduces the core concepts of psychological safety and how to apply them in supervision. It was created for child protection workers and explores the various challenges and needs inherent to this field. You will find practical tips that help you to embed psychological safety in your practice.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Supervision (providing); Child protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Words and Pictures: Empowering children and healing trauma in complex child protection cases
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Words and Pictures: Empowering children and healing trauma in complex child protection cases webinar.

The Words and Pictures methodology is an integral part of safety planning within the Signs of Safety approach to child protection. This methodology uses simple words and stick figures to empower parents to explain complex situations to children without creating blame or shame.

This webinar will introduce participants to Words and Pictures, using case studies to provide a clear understanding of the methodology and its uses. Participants will be empowered to deepen their approach to safety planning, with an emphasis on walking alongside children, families, carers and other professionals in situations of complex child abuse and neglect.

"Very interesting topic and so relevant to our work with families. I found Penny to be very easy to listen to and valued her sharing of knowledge and practical suggestions" – webinar participant, June 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Child protection

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Sharpening the Focus: NDIS and Private Practice Social Work
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Sharpening the Focus: NDIS and Private Practice Social Work webinar.

This webinar will explain the NDIS service system and your social work role within it, providing strategies to market and promote your point of difference to build a stable and professionally rewarding caseload of NDIS Participants for the long-term.

Common service delivery challenges and misconceptions will be clarified including:

  • Service Agreements, item numbers and cancellations
  • Key language and terminology to use in letters and reports
  • NDIS funding (core supports, capacity building and capital)
  • Practice issues (neurodevelopmental conditions and psychosocial disability)

Additionally, the scope of social work in the NDIS will be traversed with on-the-ground tips and hints (including traps to avoid) when working within the NDIS service system.

"It was exceptional - I am so impressed by the knowledge imparted and the clarity in which this was presented" – webinar participant, August 2022.

2 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Disability

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | A Solution-Focused Approach to Single-Session Client Work with Couples and Families
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's A Solution-Focused Approach to Single-Session Client Work with Couples and Families webinar.

A solution-focused approach to couple and family support is a particularly well-established area of work, with numerous studies demonstrating its effectiveness in particular areas of client concern such as communication and conflict management, as well as with different levels of client motivation.

This webinar will present a practical approach to single-session work with couples and families based on a solution-focused model, including:

  • an overview of the theory behind solution-focused client work and relationships/family work more broadly.
  • acknowledgement of areas of work with couples or families where a solution-focused approach may or may not be appropriate.
  • practical solution-focused strategies for use in a single session including an example of a single-session structure.
  • discussion of potential challenges and ethical considerations. Examples of practice will be provided throughout.

"Brilliant session. Clear, concise, informative and presenter was very knowledgeable" – webinar participant, August 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental health; Clinical

Online
Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Supporting families experiencing non-finite loss and grief due to chronic illness or lifelong disability
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Supporting families experiencing non-finite loss and grief due to chronic illness or lifelong disability webinar.

The grief experience of parents and carers living with a child with a disability or chronic illness is unique and lifelong. As clinicians working with these families, social workers need to ensure that their work reflects an understanding and normalisation of the family’s experience of non-finite and ambiguous loss, and grief interventions that promote resilience.

"Alana is incredibly experienced and the case studies really helped bring the information to life in understanding" webinar participant, September 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental health (FPS); Disability

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Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Working with Older people who experienced childhood trauma in ‘Care’
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1 hour recording of AASW's Working with Older people who experienced childhood trauma in ‘Care’ webinar.

This webinar will introduce evidence-based knowledge on the impacts of childhood trauma in care and the lived experience of these people, who are referred to as Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers. It will help social workers gain an understanding of how to prevent re-traumatisation in aged care settings and identify and respond to trauma behaviours.

1 hour of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental health; Older Persons Social Worker (coming soon)

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Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Building Psychological Safety for High Performing Teams
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Building Psychological Safety for High Performing Teams webinar.

Psychological safety is “a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe for interpersonal risk taking” (Edmondson). In the heat of health services delivery, the psychological safety of team members is both crucial, and yet frequently neglected.

Building psychological safety in health teams is a crucial leadership behaviour, as it is the number one factor in building team excellence. This webinar will introduce key concepts of psychological safety, build a case for the importance of developing it, and equip you with tools to manage and measure the psychological safety in your team.

"Outstanding. Sobering. Creates space for growth" webinar participant, September 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

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Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Disability and the Education System
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Disability and the Education System webinar.

This session will offer participants practical skills and knowledge in understanding the interplay between disability and the education system. It will discuss how a human rights and social justice framework are central to supporting children with disability in the school system. The course will further explore the hierarchy of disability, funding opportunities and advocacy pathways for children and adolescents.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Disability; Schools (coming soon!)

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Ongoing AASW Webinar Recording | Case Management Practice in Schools: Navigating the complexity
Webinar Recording

Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Case Management Practice in Schools: Navigating the complexity webinar.

This webinar discusses contemporary case management practice in school settings, including a brief examination of case management principles, stages, and processes. Building on this understanding, the role, and contributions of social workers in school-based case management will be analyzed. Through case studies drawn from the presenter’s own experience as a high school-based social worker, participants will be invited to apply a’ systems thinking ‘approach to social work practice and consider methods for ‘implementing’ case management processes in a school setting.

Systems acknowledge the interconnectedness of people's lives and the influences around them. Using a systems perspective in School Case management practice, specifically drawing on Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems approach, enables practitioners to understand and respond to complex needs of their clients. The case studies will demonstrate how to implement case management processes within school drawing on this thinking.

"This has been by far the best PD I’ve attended" – webinar participant, November 2022.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental health; School (coming soon)

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25 November & 2 December 2022 Introduction to Best Practice for Supervision
Virtual Workshop

This event is now sold out. Please click here to join the waitlist.

Becoming a supervisor can be a daunting next step in your social work career. This introductory course will prepare you to provide best practice supervision, create a safe and reflective space, and support the professional learning and growth of those you supervise.

This online virtual workshop series will equip you with contemporary knowledge, tools and skills and set you on a clear path to building your confidence and competence as a supervisor.

6 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Supervision (coming soon)

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29 & 30 November 2022 Words and Pictures: Creating connection, belonging and safety for children and young people
Virtual Workshop

The Words and Pictures methodology is an integral part of safety planning within the Signs of Safety approach to child protection and has other relevant applications in a range of clinical settings. This methodology uses simple words and stick figures to empower parents to explain complex situations to children without creating blame or shame.

Led by an experienced and passionate child protection professional, this 2-part virtual workshop will introduce participants to Words and Pictures, establish its efficacy in child protection practice, and provide opportunities to practice developing Words and Pictures in response to case studies. In this small group environment, participants will benefit from personalised support and build connections with their peers through class discussion and breakout activities.

6 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Child Protection, Clinical

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1 December 2022 Trauma Informed Practice for Young People with Complex Support Needs - December 2022
Virtual Workshop

SOLD OUT! Please click here to join the waitlist for this event.

As social workers we may learn the basics about trauma, development, attachment and the effects of neglect in these experiences during our degrees. However, the practical application of this knowledge and the subsequent skills are difficult to maintain or obtain if workers are not adequately supported through supervision, ongoing training or experience and an unsupportive or risk averse team and organisational culture.

Trauma informed practice requires a high level understanding of your own practice framework, values and reactions to what can be difficult and stressful scenarios for clients. It requires ongoing training, supervision, support and a positive and trauma informed work environment/organisational framework.

This 3 hour interactive virtual workshop gives an opportunity for social workers to refresh and learn through experiential activities, case study reflections and delivery of knowledge.

3 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health; Focussed Psychological Strategies (FPS)

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5 December 2022 Personal Strengths Profiling
Virtual Workshop

This 3.5-hour virtual workshop will introduce participants to ways of identifying their strengths and working with them for increased effectiveness and resilience.

Using the world-renowned VIA Character Strengths Profile, this session will encourage participants to consider ways to adopt a strengths-based approach to their own development. With guidance from an accredited organisational coach, participants explore their own Character Strengths Profile and discuss ways to apply their strengths in a variety of situations and contexts.

3.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Supervision (coming soon)

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Monday 05 December 2022 NQLD Mackay Social Workers Networking - Dec
Meeting

This month is a Christmas event.

An interactive discussion forum focusing on issues facing Social Workers in Organisations and Private Practice. An opportunity to identify issues and develop action plans to address issues at a local level.

6 December 2022 Planning effective support for clients involved in legal proceedings
Webinar

The thought of having to go to court or give evidence strikes fear into most people. It can be a daunting and intimidating prospect for the people we work with and ourselves as social workers. As professionals supporting people involved in legal or court proceedings, being unfamiliar with legal terminology, processes and environments can create stress and anxiety. To ensure our clients receive the best support possible - preparation is key.

Can't attend live? Your registration includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge

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Thursday 8 December 2022 Having Difficult Conversations with Children and Young People
Webinar

Presented by Mary Jo McVeigh of Cara House, this webinar will support practitioners to have difficult conversations with children and young people. The conversational style and approach presented in this webinar is designed to enhance effective engagement when having difficult conversations about issues that affect children and young people, or abusive actions they may have been subjected to. Mary Jo will introduce participants to the “ARMED” (Affect Regulation Model) approach to responding effectively to the range of emotions that children and young people may express.

Can't attend live? Your registration includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge training.
AASW Credential: Child Protection, Mental Health

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24 & 31 January 2023 Walk with me: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Autistic Adults – January
Virtual Workshop

Gain unique insight into how autistic people experience the world around them and understand how to build an ACT approach into social work practice. Participants will see examples of ACT strategies and exercises that can be applied both personally and professionally, as ACT is an experiential model. These workshops will be facilitated by accredited social workers, experienced in using ACT with autistic clients, and will incorporate case studies, several interactive activities, and group discussions.

6 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Disability; Mental Health (FPS)

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2 & 9 February 2023 Diaphragmatic Breathing for Chronic Conditions
Virtual Workshop

Diaphragmatic Breathing (DB) is evidence-based, non-pharmacological, non-invasive, cost-effective and simple. Social workers are ideally placed to integrate DB for anxiety, depression and mood disorders experienced by their clients.

This two-part interactive workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to experience, and learn and develop proficiency in slow, diaphragmatic breathing as a simple skill for mental health practice.

  • facilitator-led workshops: 5 hours
  • self-directed learning and practice: 1 hour

6 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health (FPS); Clinical

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1 March 2023 Preserving Mental Health in Children and Adolescents living with chronic illness through a Type 1 Diabetes lens
Webinar

A diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (diabetes) has the potential to turn a family’s world upside down, it is a destabilising event that challenges parenting confidence and invariably affects family functioning. Not only is diabetes a chronic, lifelong condition, but often its arrival is quite shocking and unannounced.

Can't attend live? Your registration includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Mental Health; School (coming soon)

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31 March 2023 Introduction to Psychoneuroimmunology: Mind Body Science
Webinar

This webinar opens up the world of Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) and its relevance to contemporary social work practice. PNI studies how thoughts, emotions and health are intimately linked. Join Dr Judy Lovas a passionate PNI educator, to explore evidence of mind body interactions and how PNI supports a holistic, scientific clinical approach for clients who have chronic conditions.

Can't attend live? Your registration includes a copy of the presentation slides and 2 weeks' free access to the event recording.

2 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credential: Mental Health (FPS), Clinical

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