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National Symposium 2015 - Opening Plenary: Preventing Violence, Promoting Healing, Creating Hope

Event Details
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1 hour and 15 minutes

AASW member: $20

Non member: $30

Organiser: AASW National

This is a recording of the Opening plenary from Day 2 of the AASW National Symposium 2015.

Professor Cathy Humphreys, Dr Noritta Morseu Diop and Professor Robert Bland speak about preventing violence, promoting healing and creating hope each from their different professional and personal experiences but their overarching statements are supporting the notion - creating hope is an important skill in the social work field.

Presenter details

Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work at University of Melbourne, a professorship established by the Alfred Felton Trust with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare and supported by a collaboration with Victorian community sector organisations. Her program of research crosses two major areas: children in out of home care; and domestic violence and family violence. With Professor Kelsey Hegarty she has established the Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and Their Children, an inter-disciplinary centre to progress research on domestic and family violence. Her current research projects include: The PATRICIA project: Pathways, and Research in Collaborative Interagency Working; and Fathering Challenges: Reparative, Responsive and Responsible fathering in the context of DFV. She has held 8 Australian Research Council Grants and published more than 70 refereed journal articles and has two recently published book: Lesley Laing, Cathy Humphreys and Kate Cavanagh: Domestic Violence and Social Work, Critical and Reflective Practice, Sage, London, 2013; Nicky Stanley and Cathy Humphreys: Domestic Violence and Protecting Children, Jessica Kingsley Publications, London, 2015. Cathy was a social work practitioner for 16 years prior to becoming an academic.

Dr Noritta Morseu-Diop is a First Nations Australian woman originally from Tamwoy Mission, Thursday Island in North Queensland. Her ancestral heritage extends from mainland Australia to the Kulkalgal Nation to the Erubam Le and Ugaram Le and to the Dauareb Clan of the Meriam Nation. She graduated from the School of Social Work and Social Policy in 1992 at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus. Since that time Noritta has worked extensively in the grassroots Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and within non-Indigenous communities throughout the state of Queensland. The areas of her work include: grief & loss, bereavement counselling and support, criminal justice, prison rehabilitation, mental health, community development, cross-cultural education, social work and welfare education and training, drug and alcohol counselling, Indigenous health and human rights and social justice advocacy. Noritta was awarded a PhD in Criminal Justice and Social Work at the University of Queensland in the School of Social Work and Human Services, St. Lucia Campus on the 22nd of July, 2010. She is a recipient of the UQ 2010 Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Research and Higher Degree PhD thesis. Noritta is a 2011 Winston Churchill Fellow and a 2006 Australian Federation of University Women Fellow. She is a Co-Founder and current Board of Director of Gallang Place, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counselling Services based in Brisbane. Noritta is the Founder and current Managing Director of Malu Mai Wellness Consultancy a notfor-profit company that is committed to addressing the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual well-being of individuals, families and communities on a local, national and international level.

Professor Robert Bland is Professor of Social Work at the Australian Catholic University. He completed his BSW, MSW and PhD programs at the University of Queensland. He has worked in the mental health field as a social work practitioner, researcher and teacher over many years and has published extensively in this area. He worked between Queensland Health and the University of Queensland before moving to the University of Tasmania as Professor of Social Work in 1997. In 2008 he was appointed to the position of Queensland Health Chair of Mental Health at UQ and moved to the ACU in 2014. His research interests include the welfare of families of people with serious mental illness, recovery theory, practice standards, ethics and spirituality. Robert has a long connection with the AASW having served on national committees for mental health, practice standards and ethics. He is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian College of Social Work and was made a life member of the AASW in 2014. He has been a Board member of several State and National organizations including Anglicare Tasmania, Aspire, NEAMI National, the Mental Health Council of Australia, and the Australian Council of Heads of Schools of Social Work. He is currently a Commissioner for the Anglican Community Services Commission of Southern Queensland.

Recording Details

This recording was filmed in November 2015

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes


AASW member: $20

Non member: $30ASW.


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