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Lunchbox series of workshops for SW Students

Event Details
Date: 19th August - 27th October 2021
Time: 12.30 - 1.30pm (WA time All Sessions)
Venue: Online
State: Western Australia
CPD hrs: 6
Cost for the SERIES of 6 1 hour sessions
AASW Student Member $25.00
Student non-member $75.00

The difference in price is the cost of student membership for AASW.
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Organiser: AASW WA Branch
Further information

AASW WA Branch Office

Ph: (03) 9320 1000 then ask for the WA Branch



The Lunchbox Series is aimed at Social Work Students who are undertaking their placements (and those who aren't) to supplement your learning with practical "life skills in the workplace" learning on several topics.

General Information

The lunchbox sessions have been designed to support Social Work Students who are undertaking their placements (and those who aren't) to supplement your learning with practical "life skills in the workplace" learning on several topics.

All sessions times are 12.30-1.30pm (WA time) and will be via Zoom. Zoom links will be sent before each session.

Has been delivered - Thursday 19th August - Rural Social Work Todays "Lunchbox" contains a candid discussion of the complexities of rural social work practice and professional use of self in a small town by Dawn Logan

Has been delivered -Thursday 2nd September - Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Our panellists will consider the wellbeing and support mechanisms they have put in place to ensure the longevity of their professional working life by Dawn Logan, Ryan Hill and Michelle Blogna

Has been delivered -Thursday 16th September - Mental Health Todays "Lunchbox" contains a candid discussion of Ryan’s insights into the field of mental health by Ryan Hill

Thursday 30th September - Responding to Homelessness Todays "Lunchbox" contains a helpful discussion of responding to homelessness from a trauma informed perspective.

Thursday 14th October - Trauma and Behaviour Support Strategies Todays "Lunchbox" contains a discussion on understanding Trauma and Behaviour Support Strategies by Michelle Blogna

Thursday 28th October - Maintaining Social Work Identity Todays "Lunchbox" contains a candid discussion of Helen's insights into Maintaining Core Social Work Values when working in settings that subscribe to different values and work cultures by Helen McMahon

Who should attend?

Any interested social work students, particularly those currently involved in field placements.

About the Presenters

Dawn Logan Dawn is a Senior Social Worker and has work in the Pilbara for the last twenty five years and has managed various roles within Country Health. Often being the only ‘known’ Social Worker she has often had to ‘think outside the box’ and worn many hats including; counsellor, crisis support, community leader and representative, solution finder and radio show host. Working at the intersection between some of the poorest people in the state alongside the challenges of instant wealth, her work fields cover; health issues, drug and alcohol, domestic violence and remains the town’s ‘chief problem solver’. As Vice President of the WA Branch, Dawn has been instrumental in setting up regional practice groups and remains an advocate for regional/remote social worker in identifying the inequitable outcomes of ‘rural areas.

Michelle Blogna Michelle is a program manager at an NGO that works with homeless youth and young adults who are leaving care. Michelle continues to initiate and innovate Trauma informed practice to marginalised children while attempting to resource clients with housing, food and a social contact. Michelle has had a role at the AASW in enhancing the delivery of the CPD and has steered this initiative as lead of the CPD subcommittee. Michelle’s passion for trauma informed practice, holistic responses and assertive outreach are pinpoints of her practice.

Ryan Hill Ryan has worked in various roles across Humans Services for the last 10 years and has refined his practice since gaining his Social Work degree. Ryan’s expertise is in mental health in complex family systems. Ryan currently works with families with many members that suffer from mental health and has to work within the intersection of conflicting demands and needs. Ryan practices from a strengths perspective by establishing strong networks around vulnerable family groups. Ryan has been a BMC member since 2019.

Helen McMahon qualified as a social worker at Melbourne University. Helen began her professional life in child protection working for an innovative family support organisation in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Since coming to Perth in the 1980s Helen has held clinical and management positions in government in the Disability Services Commission, the former Mental Health Authority, the Health Department of WA and as a Director with the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (now Department for Communities). Her work in the not-for-profit sector includes child and family support programs, mental health and program management.Helen has experience in clinical, policy, planning and contracting contexts. She is currently employed by Mission Australia in the Pilbara region as the Program Manager of Primary Mental Health, THRIVE tenancy support and the Family and Domestic Violence Community Response Service.Helen has completed a PHD-qualifying dissertation (HDR) at UWA with a thesis topic of shared decision-making in coercive environments and was a 2009 winner of a Churchill Fellowship.

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