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World Social Work Day - Northern Rivers Social Work Practice Group

Event Details
Date: Tuesday 16 March 2021
Time: 9.00am-12noon
Venue: Lismore
State: NSW
CPD hrs: 3 hours


Organiser: AASW NSW


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1.5 CPD hours

The Northern Rivers Social Work Practice Group look forward to connecting with local social workers, as we work together to promote, strengthen and support our profession within this beautiful community.

World Social Work Day

Topic: Surviving the virus: Social work solidarity and connectedness

The global pandemic, like any crisis, has thrown us into unchartered waters, inviting innovation. Consistent with the global theme for the day: Ubuntu: I am Because We are – Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness on World Social Work Day 2021, we invite you to join us to collectively critically reflect on what we have discovered about resilient social work practise through our experience of the pandemic.

Time: 9.00am-12noon

Venue: University Centre of Rural Health Lismore and online. Video link will be made available.

Dr Erica Russ and Clarissa Hitchcock will lead the conversation. Dr Erica Russ is a Senior Lecturer and Director of Field Education in Social Work and Community Welfare at Southern Cross University, having previously taught at other universities. Prior to moving into academia, Erica had extensive industry experience in Social Work focusing on child, youth, and family, services with particular expertise in the areas of child protection and out-of-home care. Erica has also managed a staff support program and provided industry training on vicarious trauma, wellbeing and resilience. Erica’s research interests include social work workforce wellbeing and resilience.

Clarissa is an Associate Lecturer at Southern Cross University (SCU). As a qualified social worker, Clarissa worked for over 20 years in direct practice with children and families. This included several roles, primarily in the Queensland statutory child protection system, together with private practice. With SCU, Clarissa supports students in developing their skills and knowledge in direct practice, case management, working in organisations and with children and families. Clarissa is passionate about the translation of knowledge to practice. Clarissa is currently completing her Doctoral Degree, looking at the role of education in supporting social work students to develop and then maintain their professional resilience in practice.





Sam (at UCRH) and Louise (online)


In conversation: Social work, resilience and hope

Dr Erica Russ, and Clarissa Hitchcock, Southern Cross University


Q & A from the floor/ zoom room


Morning tea


Small group Discussion –

Naming innovations: Collectively critically reflecting on practising social work during the pandemic.

Zoom rooms and groups

  • Online delivery
  • Communities of practice
  • Sustainable workplace practices.

… others..


What have learnt from practicing during the pandemic that will inform future practice?

Sharing and discussion



Sam and Louise

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers