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Online - Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers (Sep/Oct)

Event Details
Date: Weekly 23 Sep to 28 Oct 2020
Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
State: Qld
CPD hrs: 9

Members $390.00 (inc GST)

Non-Members- $490.00(inc GST)

Organiser: AASW Qld Branch

Queensland Branch Manager
T 07 2101 4629

Members - Please log on to the website prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.


Registrations are closed

General Information

The Focused Psychological Strategies online workshop is a contracted version of the 2 day workshop, delivered as 6 x one and a half hour interactive workshops.

Beginning with a brief historical overview of mental health interventions, we then investigate the theoretical underpinnings, diagnostic categories and treatment strategies of therapeutic modalities: psychological (cognitive behavioural therapy and neuroscience), mind-body strategies (mindfulness-based CBT), psychoanalytic theory (the unconscious mind) dysfunctional dynamics and narrative therapy.

Summary of Activity

A series of 6 x 1.5hr sessions – to be delivered weekly – in two sections
a. 1st half: session 25/30 mins, discussion 10/15 mins
b. 2nd half: session 25/30 mins, discussion 10/15 mins
c. Accreditation process information and Q & A, 10 mins

Who should attend?

This workshop is for social workers who would like to enhance their practice, with a minimum of 2 years post-graduate/previous relevant work experience, especially those who may want to apply for accredited mental health social worker status.

Learning Outcomes?

  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of mental ill health, including the physical stress response, grief process, ‘life transitions’ and other potential triggers; assessment (including psychometric evaluations); and diagnosis and treatment.
  • Knowledge of how some treatment options can be useful with particular client groups, e.g. psycho-education and motivational interviewing (MI) for crisis intervention circumstances (‘normalizing’ the grief process), etc.
  • Knowledge of the nature of the ‘therapeutic relationship’ (including professional boundaries and values), and its importance in terms of interpersonal therapy and MI (as well as, less overtly, casework in general).
  • Knowledge of ‘how the mind-brain works’, including concepts from psychoanalysis (the unconscious mind, defensive behaviour) and modern neuroscience (habit, neuroplasticity).
  • Knowledge of narrative therapy (diagnostic and treatment strategies); and expressive therapies (emotion journaling, collage work, art therapy).
  • Knowledge and skills-acquisition of anxiety, anger & stress management and emotion-regulation skills (including self-observation and identifying triggers).
  • Knowledge of dysfunctional dynamics, and interpersonal social and communication skills (assertiveness and empathy), and parent management skills .
  • Knowledge of mind/body integration ideas and skills: somatic/kinaesthetic awareness and relaxation skills; mindfulness meditation, breath awareness & control, progressive muscle relaxation, and active imagination/guided imagery.

Meet the Presenter

Ruth Crowley Brown, BA (Hons), Dip Psychotherapy (Integrative), CQSW, AMHSW, is a social worker, psychotherapist and writer.

She has worked in London, England, and Brisbane, Australia, in the fields of Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Children with Disabilities, Foster Care, Domestic & Family Violence, and with minority groups including Refugees and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Australians. Her post-qualification professional trainings include: (in London) Family Therapy, Group Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; and (in Australia) Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment and Diploma in Community Services Management. Ruth has 30 years’ professional experience, and is also a longtime practitioner of Vipassana meditation.


Venue: Online - ZOOM details will be sent to you on the day prior to the first webinar on Wed 28 September.

Date: Weekly from Wed 23 Sep to Wed 28 Oct 2020

5.00pm - 6.30pm

CPD: 9 Hours

Members - Please log on to the website prior to registering to take advantage of the member rates.

Please keep in mind that the AASW remains committed to providing the profession with high quality CPD opportunities and offer a wide range of online training via our SWOT online learning platform.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers