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Mental Health Screening and Assessment Tools for Everyday Practice

Event Details
Date: 11 March 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 23rd February 2020

Members- $190.00 (inc GST)

Non Members- $215.00 (inc GST)

Student Members- $190.00 (inc GST)

Standard Pricing from Monday 24th Feb 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


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The program will upskill workers to have an appropriate understanding of evidence based screening and assessment tools and linking the results of these tools to therapeutic interventions.

This program improves the capacity of workers to conduct effective mental health and therapeutic assessments, to understand the results of the assessments and to relay this information therapeutically to both the client and other relevant professionals.

Who should attend?:

Practitioners who work with individuals and families where mental health and substance use issues are key factors affecting them.

Learning outcomes for participants:

Workers will have the capability to undertake a preliminary assessment of mental health and substance use issues affecting clients. In particular:

  1. Using the Mental State Examination to gain an overall picture of the client’s wellbeing.
  2. Applying and analysing assessment/screening tool results and developing a therapeutic intervention plan.
  3. Identifying the severity of mental health issues through the use of assessment tools - Mental State Examination, PCL 5, DASS 21 and Suicide Risk assessment.
  4. Having ascertained a current mental health issue, taking this into account when focussing on the presenting issue at counselling.
  5. Integrating dual diagnosis and co-morbidity considerations into assessments and plans.
  6. Understanding and using risk assessment skills in relation to mental health issues
  7. Ability for workers to manage and self-regulate their exposure to any major client psychosocial stressors that may become apparent when using assessment tools.


Adam Peaty

Adam has worked as a social worker for 25 years. He has been working in private practice for the past 15 years. The largest proportion of his private practice work has involved providing Single Expert assessments for cases in the Family Court of WA and Court Expert assessments for the Children’s Court. These involve complex assessments in which determining the impact of mental health problems and substance use are key to formulating appropriate intervention and treatment plans for participants. A significant number of the clients assessed are in the dual diagnosis category. In addition to assessment work, Adam provides consultation, supervision, training and mentoring to a variety of workers and agencies in the helping professions.
Adam is trained in the use of the counselling modalities of Solution Focussed Brief Intervention, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Specific areas of interest for Adam are the application of a therapeutic assessment approach to assessments, managing high conflict families/individuals, risk management and supporting workers to develop robust self-care mechanisms to protect against compassion fatigue and secondary trauma.
Adam is the co-author of a book published in 2016 “Going Private in the Helping Professions, An Introduction to Starting a Private Practice”.

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