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Strengthening and broadening ideas for independent practice in social work - A workshop

Event Details
Date: Wednesday 13 February 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Venue: Dementia Australia building
State: South Australia
CPD hrs: 3

$100 Member

$150 Non Member

$50 Student Member

$75 New Graduate / Non Member Student

Organiser: AASW SA Branch
Further information
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  • Registrations are closed

Social work has a perspective and skill set that is well suited to helping individuals assess their needs, broker assistance and coordinate services. These skills can also be applied at an organisational level, and a systemic level, in particular to consider the new funding environments and the options presented.

We have a considerable potential pool of self-employed social workers in South Australia (1000 Mental Health Accredited Social Workers, other non AMHSWs and non-member social workers- about 2000). Most are working on their own, establishing their own networks and referral systems. What if social workers:

  • moved in to the brokerage space
  • analysed the funding environments together
  • found ways of joining or collaborating together that were not costly,
  • established networks amongst themselves for cross referral,
  • applied for funding as a group or business entity or federation or mutual?

This workshop will help participants assess their personal readiness to start and operate on a business level. It will present the different funding sources and their broad requirements, then workshop options for broader thinking for individuals, for information sharing, for collaboration. Ethical practice in a business environment will also be considered.

About the presenters

Mary Hood

Mary Hood has worked in a private practice as an AMHSW for 10 plus years from 2006. Mary has presented “working as a social worker in private practice”. Mary has also supervised SW students whose projects have been on the new funding arrangements and business models to access these.

Nevena Simic

Nevena Simic has worked in private practice as an AMHSW for over 4 years. Nevena became a passionate and strong advocate for social work as a profession. Nevena has knowledge about the Mental health, Aged care, NDIS reforms, PHN’s, Better Access & some other insurance schemes and/or counselling but for the social workers opportunities. Nevena has the ability to grasp meaning of philosophy, politics, economy of our contemporary world and its history.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers