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Normative Narrative Practice as a model of Social Work in Aged Care Mental Health

Event Details
Date: 4 July 2022
Time: 11.00am-12.30pm AEST
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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There is little social work presence in Aged Care in Australia, especially in residential aged care facilities (RACF).

However, social work has always had an enormous amount to offer in this specialized field of practice and it has had a long tradition of being embedded as an important part of the overall care team within facilities.

This webinar will outline the role of social work in RACF’s and present a framework of practice that has evolved as an effective way of engaging with Older Adults. “Normative Narrative Practice” will emphasize the need for our practice to be normalized as opposed to being focused on pathology and diagnosis.

The webinar will also highlight 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. 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.

Who should attend? The webinar is suited to any social worker interested in commencing or who is new to working in the aged care space. It provides a general framework to understand normative narrative practice specifically when working with older adults.

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

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the role of social work in aged care settings
  • Develop skills in reminiscence and Narrative Therapy approaches
  • Learn to think more creatively about how to engage with older adults; including innovative ways of using telehealth counselling and the internet
  • Explore the role of intergenerational practice.


Mark Silver

Mark Silver MSW has been a Social Worker in Aged Care & Disability for over 45 years with a keen interest in the use of narrative, reminiscence and stories in his work. He has been co-directing the Swinburne University Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults for the past 10 years; advocating strongly for a greater presence of mental health professionals, working as a team within age care settings as well as for improved practicum training programs for students and practitioners alike. He has also recognised the importance of developing intergenerational programs which foster better relationships, communication and understanding between the generations.

Location and date

Live online: a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the webinar
Monday 4 July 2022
11.00am-12.30pm AEST

A recording of the webinar will be sent to registrants via email after the event and available to watch for 2 weeks.


Members: $90.00 (including GST)
New graduates, retired and student members: $45.00 (including GST)
Non-members: $120.00 (including GST)
Non-member students: $90.00 (including GST)


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*Please note: registrations close 4 July 2022 at 10.00am AEST

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers